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Tech@State: Mobile Money


Date: 07/21/2010 Description: Mobile Money logo - State Dept Image

On August 2, 2010, the State Department held the second discussion in the Tech@State series at the George C. Marshall Center, at the U.S. Department of State. 

Topics included: 

  • How do we scale the mobile frontier, leveraging technology and partnership for sustainable development and financial inclusion?
  • What do case studies reveal about success and failure?
  • What are the applications of mobile money and its implications for U.S. foreign policy? 

After a welcome by Maria Otero, former Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, participants heard from Jan Chipchase, Director, Frog Design; Carol Realini, CEO, Obopay; Lois Quinn, U.S. Department of Treasury; Monica Brand, Principal Director, Frontier Investments, ACCION International; Shainoor Khoja, Roshan-Afghanistan; Kabir Kumar, CGAP; Clients of Opportunity Bank, Colombia (via livestream); Bill Barhydt, m-Via; Menekse Gencer, mPay Connect; Bart Stidham; Ben Lyon, FrontlineSMS:Credit; and Raul Hinojosa Ojeda, UCLA.

You can watch video archives of the event online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tech-state.

We have begun an online collaboration forum to keep the Mobile Money event alive and growing, as well as to host future Tech@State conversations. Please visit techatstate.ning.com.


-Presenter Biographies
-07/29/10   Tech Alley Vendors
-07/26/10   Background Information: Clients of Opportunity Bank, Colombia
-07/30/10  State Hosts Tech@State: Mobile Money & Financial Inclusion; Office of the Spokesman; Washington, DC

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