Edith Anne Elliott is the co-founder and CEO of Noora Health, which provides critical support services and training to hospitalized patients and their families, ensuring a smooth transition from hospital to home. Leveraging human-centered design, Noora Health has developed a simple, interactive and low-cost approach to teach basic treatments, encourage proper dietary/lifestyle changes, and recognize early warning signs of medical emergencies.
Primoz Kovacic is the co-founder and director of Spatial Collective, a Nairobi-based social enterprise that uses Geographic Information Systems for community development. Through data collection and visualization, Spatial Collective helps communities to identify available resources and apply this knowledge in development initiatives.
Raj Jayadev is the founder and director of Silicon Valley De-Bug, a media community organizing and social entrepreneurial collective based in San Jose, California.
Through De-Bug, Raj started a family and community organizing model, the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project – a methodology for families and communities to impact the outcome of criminal cases involving loved ones, changing the landscape of the power of the court system.
Joyce Kim is the Executive Director of Stellar, a technology that enables money to move directly between people, companies and financial institutions as easily as email. Stellar sees financial access as not the final destination, but rather a necessary precondition for people to fulfill their other basic human needs, such as education, food, healthcare and safety.
Taylor Downs is the founder of Open[Fn], a non-profit, fully open-source data integration platform that connects the "technology for development" sector.
Open[Fn] strives to make technology tools work more efficiently and effectively in the social sector through a process that ensures easy access to the best technology tools – in a sense, serving as its “app store.”. Beyond accessing the right tools, Open[Fn] also allows users to connect various technologies with clicks, not code.
Susana De Anda is the co-founder and co-director of the Community Water Center (CWC), which helps build strategic grassroots capacity to address water challenges in small, rural, low-income communities and communities of color. Since opening its doors in 2006, CWC has worked with local residents from 82 California communities to improve access to safe, clean, and affordable water. CWC has trained over 2,674 residents as clean water advocates, and provided technical assistance to over 15 local water boards struggling to manage efficient and accountable water systems.
Emily Falk is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. She utilizes a variety of methods drawn from communication science, neuroscience and psychology. Her research shows how brain activity can be used to predict behavior change in response to persuasive messages as well as what makes successful ideas spread (e.g. through social networks and cultures).