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Saturday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fostering Digital Literacy in the Developing World

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As the digital world continues to transcend economic and social boundaries, an unexpected technology has emerged as a tool of empowerment and protection for women around the globe. Bitcoin, which has steadily been gaining traction in the mainstream banking industry, is a powerful and effective form of digital currency in developing nations. Through the nonprofit Digital Citizen Fund, women are utilizing Bitcoin to financially support their families and overcome obstacles such as access to bank accounts and high transaction fees.
As a gender-neutral currency, Bitcoin is redefining the world’s financial infrastructure. Our panel will discuss the ways in which digital literacy fosters entrepreneurship and financial independence, the value of digital creative expression, and how digital currency is leveraged to empower women in the developing world.

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Speakers
avatar for Sophie Kelly

Sophie Kelly

CEO, The Barbarian Group
Over the course of a 20 year career spanning Australia, Asia, Europe and the US, Sophie Kelly has built a formidable reputation for growing and transforming global brands.
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Joyce Kim

Exec Dir, Stellar
Joyce is the Executive Director of Stellar.org, a nonprofit organization focused on open financial access. Stellar is a common payments platform that increases interoperability between diverse financial systems and currencies. Prior to Stellar, Joyce was a VC at Freestyle Capital... Read More →
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Roya Mahboob

Co-Founder, Digital Citizen Fund
Roya Mahboob is an Afghan entrepreneur and businesswoman. She is Founder and CEO of the Afghan Citadel Software Company, a full-service software development company based in Herat, Afghanistan and Digital Citizen Fund, an organization that aims to increase digital literacy and education... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 9ABC Austin Convention Center