AsylumConnect at the Public Good App House: Festival of the Americas

AsylumConnect at the 2017 Public Good App House: Festival of the Americas

 Photo credit: Caravan Studios

Photo credit: Caravan Studios

From November 13-15th, 2017, Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup, hosted the Public Good App House Festival in Washington, D.C. The DC Festival represents the biggest convening in social good tech to-date. This event brought together experts in public good technologies to discuss community engagement and design, active projects, and impact and scale. The Festival featured top experts in public good technologies, focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. AsylumConnect was represented at the this year's festival by Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President. 

 Photo credit: Caravan Studios.

Photo credit: Caravan Studios.

On behalf of AsylumConnect, Katie was invited to be a panelist for the Festival's opening plenary session, "Equity in the Americas: How Can Technology Help?" held at the Organization of the American States' Hall of the Americas. This discussion was moderated by Maria Liliana Mor, The Trust for Americas - OAS. Alongside fellow panelists Dwight Lomayesva, Director of the UCLA School of Law/Tribal Learning Communities and Educational Exchange, and Alexander Salazar, Founder of Reach (a geolocation-based cooperative social network that allows users to post incidents through mobile, desktop or web apps), Katie discussed how technology can help improve equity throughout the Americas. 

 Opening plenary session, "Equity in the Americas: How Can Technology Help?", Organization of the American States' Hall of the Americas. Photo credit: Caravan Studios.

Opening plenary session, "Equity in the Americas: How Can Technology Help?", Organization of the American States' Hall of the Americas. Photo credit: Caravan Studios.

Katie also delivered a 10-minute presentation about AsylumConnect as part of the Festival's Refugee Apps panel. Moderated by Wendy Harman, CTO of The OSG, this panel also included presentations by Adam Motiwala, Director of Fifth Tribe, and Tom Nassr, CEO of Checkmate. Presentations were followed by an interactive Q&A session with attendees.

 Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President, presents on AsylumConnect as part of the Festival's Refugee Apps panel. Photo credit: Caravan Studios.

Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President, presents on AsylumConnect as part of the Festival's Refugee Apps panel. Photo credit: Caravan Studios.

A big thank you to Caravan Studios for helping us to raise awareness for our cause and organization! We can't wait for next year's Festival.