iLab1: Technology/Innovation and the Environment
Presenter: Mauro Rebelo (EF Fellow 2014, Brazil)
Title of Project: The Digital Forest
Summary of Proposal/Project: The Digital Forest is a project in Brazil that aims to sequence all the species from the Atlantic forest, one of the main biodiversity hotspots in the planet. The goal is to digitalize endangered species, document their genetic code to protect them, and to open up opportunities to address the sustainability goals of the United Nations to guarantee our existence on the planet in the future.
Presenter: Glaucia Souza (EF Fellow 2009, Brazil)
Title of Project: Developing a Bioeconomy: Biomass for Bioenergy and Bioproducts
Summary of Proposal/Project: In 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all defining specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. In the same year, a landmark agreement was reached in Paris (COP 2015) on climate change in which the nations of the world pledged to keep the target rising global temperature below 2°C. Major climate change mitigation scenarios consider bioenergy (taken here to include biofuels) to be an essential part of the future energy mix, contributing nearly 25% of primary energy use by 2050. The São Paulo State Universities established a Joint International Bioenergy Graduate Program and research center to welcome students from around the world and provide them with training at the Ph.D. level, which will allow the generation of scientific knowledge and technologies to develop new and improved applications in biomass use and production. This project will create a platform to help develop human resources with interdisciplinary skills that can address the world’s complex problems of sustaining development without damaging the environment in every country or region of the world.
iLab2: Building the Future for Youth — Skills Development and the Future of Work
Presenters: Vishal Talreja (EF Fellow 2013, India)
Title of Project: Empowering Young People with Life Skills to Thrive in 21st Century Careers
Summary of Proposal/Project: Dream a Dream Foundation is a 17-year old charitable trust in India working to empower children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in the 21st century using a creative life skills approach. Life Skills development amongst young people from urban slum communities, including adaptive thinking, problem-solving skills, conflict management and other means to achieve self-sustainability for youth, is a demonstrated skill set that will be just as critical to shifting the trajectory for hundreds of thousands of youth in India and beyond. Dream a Dream Foundation is expanding to other countries through the development of key partnerships. This iLab session will be focused on teaching participants why life skills are critical in preparing the next generation for the future of work, but also to develop a platform for scaling across the globe.
iLab3: Healthcare and Innovation
Presenter: William Shaw (EF Fellow 2017, USA Zhi-Xing Program Participant)
Title of Proposal/Project: Scientific Centers of Grand Ambition as Tools for Global Cooperation and Economic Development
Summary of Proposal/Project: Linking to the work of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, the US Brain Initiative is a new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover ways to treat, present and cure brain disorders, and driving information technology and artificial intelligence projects that are inspired by the brain. The project would be to draft a white paper on the global benefits of Scientific Centers of Grand Ambitions, recruiting members of the EF network that are involved in government research funding, technology innovation, economic development and healthcare.
Presenter: Albert Chan (EF Fellow 2017, USA)
Title of Proposal/Project: A New Lens: Innovations for Healthcare Professionals
Summary of Proposal/Project: In partnership with Google, Dr. Albert Chan is utilizing a new software available through Google that allows doctors to bring into the patient care experience a medically-trained transcriber from across the globe. Advances in technology and innovation are helping to increase public health outcomes by allowing doctors to receive the real-time support they need with patient records, reducing burn out rates for doctors overburdened with administrative duties. At the same time, this pilot programming is creating jobs around the world, particularly now in India, where trained professionals have career mobility thanks to the benefits of technology.
iLab4: Opportunities for Youth in Regions of Conflict
Presenters: Jocelle Batapa-Sigue (EF Fellow 2012, Philippines)
Title of Proposal/Project: Social Innovation through Impact Sourcing (SITIS)
Summary of Proposal/Project: SITIS is a holistic approach to address the lack of jobs in poverty-stricken armed conflict-ridden areas where there is a lack of decent jobs and economic opportunities to make an honest living, but leveraging on the growth of new business models evolving around the use of information and communications technology. Focused on the area of Mindanao, the project will become an inclusive employment hub through which they will attract companies in global supply chains to intentionally hire and provide career development opportunities to people and youth in the area. The poverty, hunger and lack of economic opportunities, as well as religious and cultural conflicts in Mindanao leave the youth to be prone to “live by the gun”, and prone to be recruited by rebel armed groups in exchange for meager subsistence. The goal is to interrupt the cycle of poverty and violence through the creation of an employment hub for the most vulnerable residents.
Presenter: Salim Mohamed (EF Fellow 2016, Kenya)
Title of Proposal/Project: Coast Region Empowerment and Livelihoods Project
Summary of Proposal/Project: COAST REGION EMPOWERMENT AND LIVELIHOODS PROJECT is a three-year intervention that seeks to reduce radicalization by improving on integration of marginalized youth drawn to or targeted by violent extremism in Kenya. The project will improve the state of hopelessness and destitution through the implementation of skill based vocational rehabilitation and restoration work competences on identified marginalized youth. It is designed to improve sustainable access to life-skills and incomes through community based vocational programs, integration of get-up and do skills into all economic planning and programming activities for the region. Young at-risk girls will specifically be empowered through the offering of safe spaces, training on financial literacy and sustainable use of natural resources.
iLab5: AI for Good
Presenter: Esther Baldwin (EF Fellow 1997, USA)
Title of Proposal/Project: Artificial Intelligence for Good – Identifying New Usage Models and proofs in YOUR industry
Summary of Proposal/Project: Intel is currently collaborating with companies, including a partnership with Francesca Fedeli (EF Fellow 2014, Italy) to deliver technology solutions using AI to help change the way we live, work and rehabilitate the injured. AI is being used to treat PTSD, predict oil reservoirs, conduct financial and trading transactions, and provide a safer world to live and work in. The opportunities to use AI for good are endless. Attend this lab to see existing AI uses across all industries and use a structured brainstorming method that utilizes how the human brain works to identify AI uses in YOUR industry. Engage with Intel and propose a usage model or proof of concept you want to collaborate on. Best idea during this session wins a prize courtesy of Intel.
Presenters: Esther Baldwin (EF Fellow 1997, Ireland) and Katie Fritsch (Intel Artificial Intelligence Solutions)
Title of Proposal/Project: Artificial Intelligence for Good – Let your leadership and ideas make a difference
Summary: AI usages for Finance, Agriculture, Healthcare, Government, Energy, or the topic of your choice will be discussed. Join this session and form Birds of a Feather for the areas you are most interested in and enjoy some rapid networking with other attendees. Let your voice be heard on the topic of Artificial Intelligence. We need your leadership and ideas for driving AI for Good into the future.
iLab6: Social Mobility in an age of Innovation and Technological Advancement
Presenter: Martin Burt (EF Fellow 1994, Paraguay)
Title of Proposal/Project: Companies Without Poverty
Summary of Proposal/Project: A project in the making for more than 10 years, the Poverty Stoplight is a poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology that allows poor families and/or workers in factories and private businesses to self-diagnose their level of multidimensional poverty and then create a customized plan to overcome their deprivations. This global tool is being used by partners in the US, UK, China, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and twenty other countries. The tool is applicable to migrants/refugees, uses technology, addresses work in society and integrates private and public sector efforts.
Presenters: Chelsea Collier (EF Fellow 2016, USA Zhi-Xing Program Participant) & Nathan Robinson (EF Fellow 2016 USA Zhi-Xing Program Participant) (not present)
Title of Proposal/Project: iWork: Innovations and the Future of Workforces
Summary of Proposal/Project: A spectrum of Future Technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced mobile and wireless broadband, will combine to profoundly affect all sectors of the US workforce. This project will focus on how these changes will impact those populations of people that have yet to gain equity in the current socioeconomic ecosystem and what can be done moving forward to empower them. This will be done by examining leading practices of workforce development systems (including The Texas Workforce Commission, Jobs for the Future and the National Skills Coalition) with a merging of leading theory in order to create The Workforce Readiness Workbook. This toolkit will suggest practical approaches and programs that can be applied on a local, regional, statewide or federal level.