3rd Social Good Summit, An event to discuss about technology and ideas to solve the challenges took place on 22 to 24 September all over the world. UNDP Bangladesh and Access to information, mostly known as a2i, were jointly organized the event here in Bangladesh this evening where we, me and Taher Chowdhury Sumon, CMO of DevsTeam Limited participated. The event was held in Karabi Hall at Prime Minister’s office.
Stefan Priesner, Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh kicked of things with a presentation which amongst issues talked about innovation for human development. Over 200 thought leaders, entrepreneurs and practitioners from the ICT and new media arena/sector gathered on this event to debate, discuss and share their thoughts around one common theme. Some participants shared their own ideas on how to tackle development problems using technology and social media to solve the challenges we, the Bangladeshis are facing for decades.
Policy Adviser of Access to Information Anir Chowdhury said on his presentation, there are over 30 Thousands freelancers in Bangladesh who are earning over 20 million dollar every year. He mentioned Bangladesh is in top 3 outsourcing country and we are doing great on this billion dollar sector. (I personally glad to know the information, as we are working to create freelancer from Bangladesh!)
Fahim Mashroor from BASIS discussed about a very important topic, the lacking (and scope!) of business ideas behind most of the social initiatives. He exampled on content providing business over mobile phone (Which can be problem solving way!), we have only ringtones (Mostly the music or videos) and wallpapers (picture of hero heroin!) to grab over cellular network! Why we don’t have enough contents? The problem is, we don’t have any business scope on this sector. Content developers are only getting 10 percent of total revenues, where 90 percent revenues are being grabbed by mobile operators.
There was also a lively and interactive open discussion where people shared their views and opinions on technology, ICT, Social Media, E-Education, E-Health and The new media. I liked the presentation of Riyad Hossain from Root Marketing; a smart guy presented the future impact of social media here in Bangladesh (Though he showed wrong information on how many people are searching for a specific keyword on Google from Bangladesh!).
Beside from the main event, I personally enjoyed the gossip with Zakaria Swapan Bhai, Nazmul Chowdury Sharun, Asif Anwar Pathik, Gulshan Ferdous Jana, Nurunnaby Hassib, Akramul Haque Shamim and so on. It was really an awesome day for me, also for Sumon Bhai!