Program on September 24, 2012

1:15 pm
Welcome to Mogadishu

1:20 pm
Introduction and welcome words, Laurel Patterson, UNDP Somalia

1:25 pm
Intro video: New Technology contributing to development in Somalia

1:30pm to 2:10pm – Session 1
Mogadishu: As the city rebuilds, how can new technology bring sustainable development and connect Somalis to the global online generation?

Technology is helping Mogadishu leapfrog back into the modern world, with new ISPs providing wireless Internet to businesses and universities. Social media and live streaming played a critical role in the recent Somalia Federal Government elections. Both government and the private sector are tapping into new innovative technologies to share information and redevelop the city sustainably.

Abdi Adow Senior Advisor, Nordic International Support Foundation – Lighting Mogadishu with solar energy
Jabril Abdulle Director, Centre for Research and Development – Live streaming of presidential elections
Hassan Mohamed Founder, Plasma University – Online education
Ibrahim Mohamed Founder, SomWave – Developing a web presence for the Somali Police Force

2:10 pm
Mogadishu Snapshot: video

2:15pm to 2:55pm – Session 2
Building Business: How is technology creating an environment where new businesses can start, flourish, and support international investment?

Somalia’s harsh geography, its isolation due to conflict and lack of a central government has made it incredibly difficult to grow a business in Somalia. But thanks to new technologies, even Somalis living in the most remote parts of the country can now build businesses using mobile money and cash transfers. In Mogadishu, from the hospitality to the banking sector, business are growing and diversifying, paving the way for more international investment in Somalia.

Omar Osman CEO, Somalia Wireless – Connecting Mogadishu
Liban Egal CEO, First Somali Bank – Banking in Somalia
Ahmed Jama Owner, Village restaurants – New technology improving business systems
Abdullahi Bihi Managing Director, Asal Solutions – Building new technology
Abdirashid Ali Ainanshe, Hormuud – Mobile money

2:55 pm
Mogadishu Snapshot: video

3:00 pm
Performance: Amina Ali, Poet

3:10 pm
Introduction to NYC

3:15pm to 3:55pm – Session 3
Young innovators: How are Somalia’s youth using social media and technology to create opportunities for themselves and build a better future for their country?

Somalia’s youth are leading the way when it comes to communicating using new and emerging technologies such as Facebook, Twitter and blogging to get the word out about their work, as well as to inspire others to embrace this modern means of interaction and action. From business training to advocacy, we explore how social media is being increasingly used by young Somalis to get their message across.

Ilwad Elman Programmes Coordinator, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre – Creating opportunities and supporting entrepreneurism for young Somalis through new technology
Hassan Abukar Activist, SOMTRA and Anti Tribalism Movement – Raising awareness and inspiring conversations through social media, connecting Somali diaspora
Abdalla Moumin Ahmed Journalist, Radio Risaala/Raxaneeb Online Radio – The changing face of journalism in Somalia
Deeqo Abdullahi Student, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre – New tech skills bringing more opportunities

3:55pm
Hand over to Social Good Summit Nairobi live stream

4:00pm
Questions from audience

4:15pm
Closing Reception