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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

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

-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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