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Thursday, September 14 • 10:05am - 10:45am
Open Your Arms to Open Source: Solutions to Bring in Social Innovation to All Walks of Life All Over the World - Arpana Durgaprasad, IBM

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This paper describes various social innovations that can help people around the world embrace open source solutions for social causes. Social innovation from environment and energy conservation to health and education for the development of the community and the world at large is the call of the day.

Societies today are rattled by crisis in various areas: finance, environment, energy, commute, agriculture, healthcare, sanitation, and many more. We see many social innovations getting churned out in these areas with companies and individuals creating apps and solutions for mobile or computer to tackle the crisis. Individuals and communities are uniting to bring in innovative sustainable solutions, and experimenting with novel ideas to communicate, think, work, and live together. This brings us to the next question - How do we help the society in different geographies learn from each other and help each other and finally the world at large. How do we transfer that abundant knowledge - Open Source of course!!

This presentation is intended to bring in social innovation solutions for various areas like environment, energy, education, health, agriculture, fisheries, commuting, working conditions, weather and many more. Some of these ideas are described here.

Case study 1: Agriculture (age/economic status related diversity)
Kishan is an old farmer in rural India. His crops sometimes fail and do not give the expected harvest. See how an app can solve all this problems.

Case study 2: Sanitation (gender/economic status/disability related diversity)
Anamika is in a remote village which lacks sanitation. See how social innovation can change her life.

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Arpana Durgaprasad

Senior Information Developer, IBM
Arpana Durgaprasad is a Senior Information Developer for Open Systems Development. She has presented a session on Social Innovation in Open Source Summit –2017 and also has a Disclosure on methods to identify non-contextual words (http://priorart.ip.com/IPCOM/000242682).

Thursday September 14, 2017 10:05am - 10:45am PDT
Gold 2
  Diversity Summit
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