We usually hear that knowledge is power (Sir Francis Bacon). It is the idea that if you have knowledge, then you will have power; the acquisition of knowledge results in social power. The person who holds the knowledge, holds power over others. I would challenge you on that one.
I say: those with knowledge have a responsibility, a responsibility to share that knowledge to give all of us the power to do something with that knowledge.
Today I am heading off to the Activate Summit in London at the Guardian’s head office to hear leaders in their fields share their knowledge. I am one of hundreds who will be there who believe that through the use of technology and the Internet, we can make the world a better place. Sharing is what the Internet is all about, but it is becoming more and more important for us to do something with that knowledge besides just share it, we need to act on it.
The list of speakers at the conference is impressive. They are going to be there today to share what they know because they believe there knowledge only has power when it is shared. What happens with that information is going to be up to us who are attending, and then as we pass it on, what will each one of us do with it? Will we read the info in blogs, on Twitter and in Facebook posts and shake our heads with concern, or will we take action?
Here is the program for the day:
09.00 – 09.05
OPENING REMARKS AND WELCOME FROM THE GUARDIAN
Kate Bulkley, media and technology analyst and commentator
09.05 – 10.20
OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION How do we employ the power and the principles of the web to tackle the world’s biggest challenges?
Alec Ross, senior advisor for innovation, US State Department Ricken Patel, co-founder and executive director, Avaaz Aleem Walji, practice manager for innovation, The World Bank Institute Jeremy Heimans, co-founder and CEO, Purpose Ory Okolloh, manager, policy and government relations, Africa, Google
Keynotes followed by interactive question and answer session facilitated by Activate chair Kate Bulkley
10.20 – 11.00
INTERACTIVE ENTERPRISE PANEL DEBATE For profit, for good?: How do we create sustainable and effective models for tech-led social innovation?
Moderator: Zaw Thet, founder and chairman, Palindrome Advisors
Chris Smart, partner, Acacia Partners Michael Birch, founder, Jolitics and chief monkey, Monkey Inferno Perry Chen, co-founder and CEO, Kickstarter David Edelstein, director, The Grameen Technology Centre
11.00 – 11.30
11.30 – 12.30
BREAK OUT SESSION – ACTIVATE LIGHTNING PRESENTATIONS Eclectic sound bites and visionary insights from some of the brightest names working with the web
Stream one – HALL TWO
Tom Thirlwall, founder, Bigballs Film Sarah Dyer, director of new media, Beatbullying Rakesh Rajani, founder, Twaweza Gregory Titeca, creative director and head of research and ideas development, Happiness Brussels Jonathan Simmons, managing director, Public Zone and Jon Alexander, project manager, National Trust’s MyFarm project
Stream two – HALL ONE
Perry Chen, co-founder and CEO, Kickstarter Christian Sarkar, co-founder, $300 House Project Salem Avan, chief information systems officer, UN Peacekeeping Dr Joel Selanikio, CEO and co-founder, DataDyne David Edelstein, director, The Grameen Technology Centre Zaw Thet, founder and chairman, Palindrome Advisors
12.30 – 13.40
KEYNOTE VIDEO INTERVIEW AND PANEL DEBATE Global governance, statecraft and citizenship: The future of democracy in a networked world
Moderator: Stephen King, partner, Omidyar Network
Keynote video: Pierre Omidyar, founder, eBay and Omidyar Network Panel line up: Alec Ross, senior advisor for innovation, US State Department Michael Birch, founder, Jolitics and chief monkey, Monkey Inferno Dr Vanessa Neumann, senior fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute Kulveer Ranger, director for Environment and Digital, London
13.30 – 14.40
14.40 – 15.40
BREAK OUT SESSIONS
STREAM ONE: INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION – HALL ONE Global development: Creating tech-led development solutions through collaborative innovation
Moderator: Jamie Drummond, executive director, One
Mariéme Jamme, president, Spot One Global Solutions Salem Avan, chief information systems officer, UN Peacekeeping Christian Sarkar, co-founder, $300 House Project Andrew Lamb, chief executive, Engineers Without Boarders UK David Edelstein, director, The Grameen Technology Centre
STREAM TWO: INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION – HALL TWO Mobile first: How are innovations in mobile changing the world?
Moderator: Kate Bulkley, media and technology analyst and commentator
Dr Joel Selanikio, CEO and co-founder, DataDyne Rakesh Rajani, founder, Twaweza Herman Heunis, CEO and founder, MXit Anna Kydd, director, SHM Foundation
15.40 – 16.00
16.00 – 16.50
INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION Digital access: Why must we ensure everyone can use the Internet and how do we ensure equitable access?
Moderator: Caroline Dewing, group media relations, Vodafone Group
Eirini Zafeiratou, head of EU affairs group public policy, Vodafone Adele Waugaman, senior director, technology partnership, United Nations Foundation Martha Lane-Fox, digital champion, UK Government Jonathan Simmons, managing director, Public Zone Nadège Riche, policy officer, European Disability Forum
16.50 – 17.40
(H)ACTIVATE AWARD, WINNING DEVELOPER PRESENTATION AND PANEL DISCUSSION Can data save the world? How do we capture data and combine it with innovation to build applications and responses that provide a positive social impact?
Moderator: Matt McAlister, director of digital strategy, Guardian Media Group
Aleem Walji, practice manager for innovation, The World Bank Institute Sobia Hamid, co-founder, DataGiving Daniela Torres, head of climate change office, Telefónica Matt Biddulph, head of data strategy, Ovi Product Development, Nokia
17.40 – 17.45
Matt McAlister, director of digital strategy, Guardian Media Group and Kate Bulkley, media and technology analyst and commentator