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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Social Good Summit: Recap of Day Four

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Special thanks to our Social Good Summit partners Mashable, UN Foundation and Ericsson!

The fourth and final day of the 2011 Social Good Summit was designed to focus on the Start Ups for Good Challenge, a special event where startups that are building or using technology to make a positive impact on the world competed for a chance to present at the Social Good Summit and win a $10,000 cash prize for their company. But first, there was an impressive line-up of speakers:

  • Barbara Bush, CEO/Co-founder of Global Health Corps and Pete Cashmore, Founder/CEO of Mashable discussed The Power of Youth: Mobilizing Communities through New Media. Bush talked about four architects who are Global Health fellows and their efforts to design the first hospital in Rwandan village of 300,000 people. They are focusing on solutions so airborne illnesses specific to the region do not spread through the hospital. Watch here.

  • Yossi Vardi, one of Israel’s top entrepreneurs, talked about the difference between social entrepreneurship and for-profit entrepreneurship, highlighting the importance of helping people to create happiness, the greatest return on investment. Watch here.

  • Shahinaz Ahmed, CEO of Education for Employment Foundation and 2010 92Y Ford Motor Company International Fellow, was Skyped in from Cairo to give an Egypt Update on Tahrir Square. She witnessed the revolution first hand and connected with people online using social media to find and connect with people offline. Watch here.

  • Andrea Koppel, VP of Global Engagement & Policy of Mercy Corps, Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, Ronan Farrow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and Salman Shaikh, Director of Brookings Doha Center had a conversation on The Arab Awakening: Apps & Aspirations. They stressed the priority of connecting youth with opportunities and the need for corporations to get involved to provide seed capital to start businesses. Watch here.

  • The First Lady of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez, made a surprise appearance and was awarded a Social Good Award. She has embraced social media, has close to 40,000 followers on Twitter, and made a big impression on everyone when she said, “You will always be in my heart and in my iPad.” Watch here.

  • The momentum of the day led to the excitement of the presentations by the eight finalists in the Startups for Good Challenge: Awaaz.De, Catchafire, Kopernik, em[POWER], Prove My Concept, Sparked, Simple Energy and the winner… SunSaluter!

  • Recap of day three
  • Recap of day two
  • Recap of day one

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