While most of the time we use social media for cat videos and restaurant reviews, technology-enabled social connections with people outside your circle can change your life. Our mobile phones are an instant source of information, communication and entertainment. We’re already seeing technology connect professionals working together in real time on the same issues, but could they also be a lever out of poverty for geographically isolated people? In this talk, Petr will demonstrate the power that making and maintaining links across large physical distances can have on alleviating poverty, disaster relief and rural isolation.
Petr Matous is interested in using data to solve critical humanitarian issues. His unique methods have informed development programs in diverse communities across Asia and Africa, particularly those that have limited resources or that have been affected by disaster. He is currently a senior lecturer in our civil engineering school.