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This fall, DC will host the inaugural Frontiers of Digital Development Forum

The two-day, hybrid event covers the future of emerging technology and development, hosted by TechChange, USAID, Chemonics, Digital Impact Alliance, DAI, Premise and Google.

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This November, TechChange is hosting a new DC-based conference for those interested in the future of the digital world.

The digital training firm and other organizations are putting on the first-ever Frontiers of Digital Development Forum, a conference on emerging technology. TechChange, which is HQed at 13th and U NW, also hosts the related Global Digital Development Forum in May (more on that in a bit).

The hybrid Frontiers of Digital Development Forum event will take place Nov. 1-2 of this year. In-person programs will take place near the Navy Yard at Capital Turnaround, while TechChange will handle its online programming. The 2022 event is organized by TechChange, USAID, Chemonics, Digital Impact Alliance, DAI, Premise and Google.

According to organizers, the event will feature programming on the utility and practicality of aspirational and future technologies through a humanitarian and development lens. It will include conversations with tech companies, policymakers, funders, innovators and implementers.

The inaugural conference will cover the following themes:

  • Our Digital Economy Future: Smoke or Substance?
  • Who Owns our Digital Future?
  • Connecting and Powering the Future
  • Simulating Reality: Will it make Reality Better?
  • Meeting Basic Human Needs with Aspirational Technologies (that actually work)
  • Digital Tech Meets Political Rhetoric

The event grew from the feedback of over 2,5000 participants who attended the aforementioned Global Digital Development Forum, another annual event on digital development. According to TechChange, attendees wanted more information on the future of digital development, especially how their applications could be developed for international markets. With this conference, the organization hopes to get those questions answered.

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