7th Annual Conference – Disruptive Development

ConfRegNow.Etap-600pxWBell Harbor International Conference Center
Seattle, WA

Early Bird Price: $125 (members) // $175 (non-members)
Email pratima@globalwa.org for member discount code.
Regular Price: $175 (members) // $250 (non-members)


New Member Orientation

New to GlobalWA? Wondering how to take advantage of your member benefits? Attend New Member Orientation to connect with our staff and learn more about your membership.

Who: New GlobalWA Members
When: Wednesday, Sep 16  // 9:00am-10:00am
Where: GlobalWA Office // 500 Union Street, Suite 801 // Seattle, WA 98101


If you are interested in calling in to participate remotely, please contact Pratima Stanton at pratima@globalwa.org

Networking Happy Hour with Friends of GlobalWA, Humanosphere, Technology & Social Change and World Affairs Council

Meet others in the Seattle area who are engaged with or interested in international development. No registration required!

FREE to attend.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
4133 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Roundtable Discussion

A brown bag discussion that convenes Executive Directors and senior executives to explore various leadership and management topics.

Guest Speaker:

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Kentaro Toyama
W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT

Topic of Discussion: The Importance of Heart, Mind, and Will in a World Full of Gadgets

Increasingly, large donors seem intent on causing large-scale impact through the mass dissemination of technology. Yet, technology itself requires a foundation of human heart, mind, and will, to produce positive outcomes – a foundation that gadgets themselves just can’t provide. In this ED Roundtable, Kentaro Toyama, author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, will provoke technology cheerleaders, arm skeptics with evidence of technology’s limits, and rally those working on genuine human development. The discussion will delve deeper into themes Kentaro will raise on his Seattle book tour, with a stops at Town Hall on June 22.

Who: GlobalWA Members ONLY
When:  Wednesday, June 24 // 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Where: GlobalWA Office // 500 Union Street // Seattle, WA 98101


If you are interested in calling in to participate remotely, please contact Pratima Stanton at pratima@globalwa.org

Impactful Innovation: Region’s tech culture drives new solutions

Join us for this event to hear from a panel of social entrepreneurs in a discussion about new products, tools and ideas for global development. The conversation will challenge participants to think about the role of technology in creating a more equitable, healthy and prosperous world. A reception will follow the panel discussion.



AliArjomand_400_400_70_c1Ali Arjomand, PhD
Director, Innovation and Scientific Affairs
Global Good

Ali Arjomand is Director of analysis and evaluation at Global Good. His team is responsible for analyzing business and market opportunities, developing opportunities to generate intellectual property for impact in developing world settings and quantifying the impact of our investments by measuring specific metrics and indicators in global health and development. Prior to joining Global Good, Ali was president and COO at Accium BioSciences, a research company he founded in 2004 focusing on accelerator mass spectrometry and clinical pharmacology. He was also co-founder of Carepeutics, Inc., a personalized medicine company developing novel diagnostic tests in oncology.

beth862980Beth Kolko
Shift Labs

Beth is the co-founder and CEO of Shift Labs, a for-profit company building low-cost medical devices for emerging markets leveraging global innovation networks. She also holds position as Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington where she co-directs the Tactical and Tactile Technology Lab. At UW she also created the Hackademia Project which builds innovation potential among broad audiences by imparting functional engineering skills combined with design thinking. Hackademia grows out of her experience since 2006 in makerspaces and hackerspaces and is an effort to amplify the non-expert innovation that happens outside of formal institutional settings. Her technology development projects have included work on a low-cost ultrasound system for midwives in Uganda and a grassroots public transportation information system in Kyrgyzstan.

lauara-160x160pxLaura McLaughlin
Director of Global Health
Mountain Safety Research

Laura McLaughlin is the Director of MSR Global Health at Mountain Safety Research©. She manages product development efforts often integrating partnerships with the U.S. Department of Defense, non-profit organizations, and philanthropic funders into her programs. As one of the founding members of MSR Global Health, Laura has worked at MSR for over seven years, leading her team through commercialization, research and development activities, and global health community events. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Health and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington.


ccowardChris Coward
Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA), UW

Chris Coward is the co-founder, Principal Research Scientist, and Director of the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School. Under Chris’ leadership, TASCHA has grown in size and scope, encompassing research in 50 countries. Chris specializes in designing research programs that improve policy and practice in the area of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and international development.  Chris’s current interests include ICTs for employment and entrepreneurship, innovation spaces, digital inclusion, and impact evaluation and measurement. Much of his work focuses on the role of public libraries and civil society organizations in these areas. Chris holds a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in International Studies, both from the University of Washington.


Tuesday, June 9
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Registration
3:00 – 4:30pm: Panel Discussion
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Reception

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101

$25 (members) Email pratima@globalwa.org for member code.
$45 (non-members)
Light snacks and drinks will be provided.


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