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Saturday, March 14 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Civic Engagement from the Dorm to Dakar

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Within the past few years ago the US State Dept’s eDiplomacy office has launched initiatives to increase citizen involvement in the government and develop civil society. Since 2010 35 events called TechCamps -- one to two day conferences – have been convened with about 2,850 participants across the globe, in which civil society organizations have worked on challenges and real world problems alongside international and local technologists to develop solutions, and the events connected these organizations to global networks of volunteer technologists. The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program has given over 1,200 US college students the opportunity to to work with USG agencies without leaving home. The program has expanded since 2009 to 323 projects across 11 agencies in 2014-15, with 3,385 students applying. Following this success, State is launching the Virtual Fellows Program to recruit seasoned U.S. citizen professionals as virtual consultants on issues faced by State.

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Kara Andrade

Graduate Student, American University
Kara Andrade is co-founder of HablaCentro LLC and Not For Profit which develops curriculum to help people in Latin America become more digitally literate and civically engaged; conducts trainings in the use of digital tools to create more informed citizens; and connects collaborators... Read More →
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Eric Nelson

Director, Office of eDiplomacy, US Department of State
Eric Nelson, a career diplomat in the Senior Foreign Service, is the Director of the Office of eDiplomacy, an applied technology think tank for the United States Department of State. As part of the Bureau of Information Resource Management, eDiplomacy supports U.S. diplomats across... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
ACC Room 5ABC Austin Convention Center

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