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Summit will bring together technology, mission leaders

Teacher Sylné Guerdy works with students in the computer lab at the Thomas Food Project in Thomas, Haiti. The program is part of a United Methodist Communications effort to use technology for development.
Teacher Sylné Guerdy works with students in the computer lab at the Thomas Food Project in Thomas, Haiti. The program is part of a United Methodist Communications effort to use technology for development.
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Imagine being together in a room with others who care for or work in the same parts of the developing world that you do, learning from globally renowned leaders and building plans together that will have a transformative impact on generations to come.

This was the vision that led United Methodist Communications to organize the Game Changers Summit, which will take place Sept. 3-5 in Nashville, Tenn.

The event will demonstrate how to use information and communications technology to improve life in parts of the developing world — solving problems in education, wellness and community development with modern communications tools. This growing movement is known as ICT4D: Information and Communications Technology for Development.

At the Game Changers Summit, leading practitioners of ICT4D will collaborate with church leaders passionate about mission to show the church what is available and how it can aid in implementing this technology.

Maeghan Orton (right) explores a solar cell phone charger with Paramount Chief Joseph Kposowa (seated, center) in Bumpe village near Bo, Sierra Leone. Orton is from Medic Mobile, a technology partner of United Methodist Communications.
Maeghan Orton (right) explores a solar cell phone charger with Paramount Chief Joseph Kposowa (seated, center) in Bumpe village near Bo, Sierra Leone. Orton is from Medic Mobile, a technology partner of United Methodist Communications.
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Among the speakers will be:

Ken Banks, founder of Frontline SMS, two-way text messaging software, and kiwanja.net, which specializes in the application of mobile technology for social change.

Firdaus Kharas, founder of Chocolate Moose Media, which produces not-for-profit media campaigns to combat issues like HIV/AIDS, malaria and domestic abuse.

Bruce Baikie, executive director of Inveneo, a sustainable technology provider, and founder of Green Wi-Fi, which sets up solar-powered access to information resources in developing regions.

April Mercado, a special projects manager and field representative for United Methodist Communications, who is providing communications relief in Central Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau, a United Methodist clergywoman in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who is actively involved in public health access and education, specifically for women.

Youth and the Rev. Iris Terana of Light and Life United Methodsit Church in Tacloban, Philipines, distribute Nokero solar bulbs.
Youth and the Rev. Iris Terana of Light and Life United Methodsit Church in Tacloban, Philipines, distribute Nokero solar bulbs.
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"My theology is that God intends for every person to flourish," says the Rev. Larry Hollon, general secretary of United Methodist Communications. "When we allow and empower people to have access to technology that allows them to get information that they can use to improve their lives, then we are fulfilling the call of God to be in the world and be a transformative presence in the world."

For more information on the Game Changers Summit, visit www.umcom.org/gamechangers. To see how The United Methodist Church is involved in ICT4D, visit www.umcom.org/global.

Joey Butler, multi-media content editor, United Methodist Communications, Nashvillle, Tenn.