How are modern philanthropists trying to use and develop new technologies to do good?
Lunch: 12:40 - 2:20 pm PDT
Howie Lempel is a Program Officer for the Open Philanthropy Project, where he's worked on causes including biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, criminal justice reform, potential risks of advanced artificial intelligence, and global poverty alleviation. He is on leave from Yale Law School and has worked for the Brookings Institution and various criminal justice reform organizations. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Social Studies and Mathematical Economics.
The Open Philanthropy Project is a collaboration between GiveWell and Good Ventures whose aim is to make grants go especially far in terms of improving lives and to share our findings openly so that anyone can build on our work.
Luke Nosek is a co-founder of PayPal and served as the company's Vice President of Marketing and Strategy. While at PayPal, Luke oversaw the company's marketing efforts at launch, growing the user base to 1 million customers in the first six months. Luke also created "Instant Transfer," PayPal's most profitable product. Prior to PayPal, Luke was an evangelist at Netscape. Luke has also co-founded two other consumer Internet companies, including the web's first advertising network, and has made a number of venture investments since 2000. Luke received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for Existential Risk (cser.org), Future of Life Institute (futureoflife.org), and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments (asi.ee), an active angel investor, and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board.
Erik is the first hire at Product Hunt. Previously, he ran rapt.fm, a platform to participate in and watch rap battles online (and he raps too).
Katrin Verclas is the co-founder and editor of MobileActive.org, a global network of practitioners using mobile phones for social impact.
Verclas is currently working on mobile projects in governance, accountability, and political participation in emerging democracies. She is also leading a team focused on mobile security tools.
A native of Germany, she has written widely on mobile phones in citizen participation and civil society organizations, mobile phones in health and for development.
Verclas has previously led several nonprofit organizations, including as the Executive Director of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, the national association of IT professionals working in the more than one million nonprofit organizations in the United States.
Verclas is the editor of Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission, published by Wiley & Sons. She is a frequent speaker on ICTs in civil society at national and international conferences and has published numerous articles and publications on technology for social change in leading popular and industry publications. Verclas was a 2009 TED Fellow, a 2010 fellow at the MIT Media Lab, and was named by Fast Company one of the most "Influential Women in Tech" in 2011.