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Thursday, November 10 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Self-Starters: Disruptive Entrepreneurs

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We have 2 talks in this session...

10:00am Ruha Devanesan:

As new and disruptive models emerge in the Western music industry (North America and Europe), adapting to the shift in music consumption to digital, these models can and should open doors to musicians in developing countries, typically viewed as a sort of 'raw material' in the production chain of old music models, to take charge of their music and be the creators, publicists and distributors of their own music to a global audience.

PeaceTones works in the space between old and new music models to bridge the knowledge and access gaps that we see standing between talented musicians in developing countries and the full potential they can reach with their music by using tools such as social media and direct-to-fan fundraising and distribution platforms.

10:30am Jonathan Gosier

Jonathan will discuss “The 5 Most Disruptive Innovations I’ve Seen” - it discusses industries and concepts which are rapidly changing in the wake of new technology. 

Jonathan Gosier is a designer, software developer, lover of data science and the co-founder of metaLayer.com which aims to change how you analyze content by offering products for atomizing and visualizing data. From 2009 to 2011 he served as Director of Product for SwiftRiver at Ushahidi working on an open-source platform for drawing insight from real-time communication during crisis events. The SwiftRiver project was awarded the 2011 Knight News Challenge award for its potential to improve the data journalism and news gathering process.

In 2009 Jon spoke at TED in Oxford, UK about his company Appfrica and one of their projects which connected rural African villages with the internet through a call center and light infrastructure. The service, in collaboration with non-profit OpenMind, was called QuestionBox and allowed people with no access to the internet to ask questions and get timely, vetted answers. Jon is also the organizer of the annual Apps4Africa competition which encourages African software developers to develop solutions to local problems. In addition to TED, Jon has been invited to present at the Economist's Ideas Economy, Google Zeitgeist and Personal Democracy Forum. Links to articles about his work, presentation slides and video of passed events Jon has spoken at can be found at his blog GosDot.com


Ruha Devanesan

I work as Vice President and Executive Director of the Internet Bar Organization. In my capacity as Executive Director, I've led the design and implementation of several social justice initiatives, of which PeaceTones is my personal favorite. The PeaceTones Initiative helps talented... Read More →
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Jon Gosier

COO, MetaLayer
I am a software developer, writer, designer and technologist working at the intersection of data science and global development. As the Founder of Appfrica where I currently serve as the Director of Advocacy, I help to raise awareness about many issues related to financing... Read More →

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iStrategyLabs x Tech Cocktail

iStrategy Labs and Tech Cocktail are both DC based companies that are passionate about action. Whether it's building a new product, organizing large groups of people, or hosting a 10K person event - the teams at both companies understand what it takes to take action, motivate others and make things happen. Both... Read More →

Thursday November 10, 2011 10:00am - 11:00am
Artisphere - Terrace Gallery 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209

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