Business plans and infrastructure can't bridge the technical divide
Brandon Berry Edwards, frog design
Erica Kochi, UNICEF
S. Mitra Kalita
Brandon Berry Edwards
Brandon Berry Edwards is an American designer focused on creating transformational change across societies, governments, and organizations. In 2007, he co-founded frog's Shanghai studio and since then has successfully helped grow the business across the Asia-Pacific region. Widely known as a thought leader for his experience in Asia and emerging markets, today Brandon focuses on creating new offerings, collaboration models and solutions to solve the problems of the 21st century. He contributes at the World Economic Forum, speaks at major conferences, mentors at corporations & universities, and funds start-ups. His opinions on innovation in Asia have been quoted in the media, including Reuters, Fast Company and Harvard Business School Press.
S. Mitra Kalita
S. Mitra Kalita is the ideas editor at Quartz. She worked previously at The Wall Street Journal, where she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and, most recently, reported on the housing crisis. She also launched Mint, a business paper in New Delhi, and has previously worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. She is the author of three books related to migration and globalization, and speaks seven languages (but only four of them well). She is an adjunct professor of journalism at St. John's and Columbia universities, and previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association. Born in Brooklyn, Mitra was raised in Long Island, Puerto Rico and New Jersey—with regular trips to her grandparents’ villages in Assam, India. She lives (and eats) in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of New York City, along with her artist husband and two daughters. She tweets @mitrakalita and her website is www.mitrakalita.com.
Erica Kochi co-founded and co-leads UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, a global group tasked with identifying, prototyping and scaling technologies that improve children's lives around the world. Erica also serves as Innovation Advisor to UNICEF’s Executive Director. UNICEF Innovation has recognized success in innovative design of international development solutions. Erica was named to the TIME 100 “World’s Most Influential People” List in 2013. Other examples of this work include, gold and silver International Design Excellence (IDSA) Awards, a Red Hat prize for being one of the three top open source projects, and the award-winning RapidSMS - a system that uses basic mobile phones and SMS messages to communicate with front-line workers and improve the speed and quality of data collection and health and education services.
Erica Kochi, co-lead of UNICEF's Innovation Unit, describes how the aid industry and corporate world are teaming up to do social good in emerging markets, creating business opportunities in the process.