Highlights from The Next Billion

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Leo Mirani interviews Joyce Kim and Shivani Siroya.
Leo Mirani interviews Joyce Kim and Shivani Siroya.

Over the past decade, the number of internet users has grown to nearly 3 billion, and a billion more are expected to join us by 2017. Most of the next billion users will be connecting from mobile devices in the developing world.

Thanks to Girls In Tech I had the opportunity to go to Quartz’s event The Next Billion in London today, which explored the impact this shift might have on the digital landscape. Here are my highlights, the sessions which I think may have the most relevance for those of you working in charity digital.

The Science of Sharing

Cat Jones from Unruly shares fascinating insights into what makes a video shareable, and how those qualities differ around the globe.


The Missing Billion

Jason Mander from GlobalWebIndex talks about the ‘missing’ web users; people sharing devices, accessing websites via Virtual Private Networks and getting online in other ways which aren’t counted in most analytics.


Wearables for Good

Denise Gershbein from frog design and Blair Palmer, UNICEF, discuss the new design challenge they’re launching with ARM technology company. The Wearables for Good competition will award $15,000 of funding and support to the two best ideas for wearable devices that will address maternal and child health issues.

The Internet of Things

This conversation with Niall Murphy from EVRYTHNG about the digital life of physical objects might not be full of immediate practical applications, but it’s pretty exciting stuff.


Mobile Money

Joyce Kim from Stellar and Shivani Siroya from Inventure explain how mobile payments and credit are delivering financial empowerment in the developing world, especially for women.

Videos of all the sessions from the day are available here, and there’s a liveblog with social media updates too. And as a special treat for you I took a picture of the wallpaper in the bathroom, because it was the fanciest I have ever seen:

Fancy bathroom wallpaper

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