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In recent years, mobile surveys and data collection capabilities have increased alongside rapidly expanding mobile phone penetration in the developing world. And with this trend, there has been a proliferation of small firms that have entered this space. By allowing development projects to quickly capture hard-to-gather data through SMS, IVR, apps, and other tools, these firms offer can change the way we execute development projects around the world.

At the same time, mobile data-collection is a sector in flux -- these new companies are rapidly iterating their business models, expanding and contracting their geographical reach, and merging with one another. New data analysis tools like machine learning also have the potential to complement the capabilities that these companies have created.

What is the future of this sector? How will policy changes among donors and large implementers influence the evolution of this sector? How will they cope with shifts in technology, both in terms of capabilities like machine learning, but also as internet access expands in developing countries, providing millions with free access?

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Christopher Burns

Chief Digital Development Officer (CDDO) and Director for the Technology Division within the Innovation, Technology, and Research (ITR) Hub, USAID
Christopher Burns is the Chief Digital Development Officer (CDDO) for USAID and the Director for the Technology Division within the Innovation, Technology, and Research (ITR) Hub.In the CDDO role, he coordinates and tracks programmatic Digital Development investments across the Agency... Read More →
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Matt McNabb

CEO, First Mile Geo
Matt McNabb is CEO & Co-Founder of First Mile Geo, a global on-demand data collection company which enables users to craft surveys, task trained locals to collect data, and analyze results in real time. For the past decade he has advised senior leaders in US and UK governments, World... Read More →
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Deepak Menon

Hub Manager-Akvo South Asia, Akvo Foundation
Deepak Menon heads Akvo's South Asia team.
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Melissa Persaud

Director of Partnerships, VOTO Mobile
Melissa Persaud is Director of Partnerships at VOTO Mobile, a global mobile engagement social enterprise. In her role, she builds and maintains partnerships with impact-oriented organizations in order to provide better choices for more voices around the globe. Personally, Melissa... Read More →
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Anand Varghese

Senior ICT Specialist, DAI
During his eight-year career as a specialist in international development and conflict management, Anand Varghese has managed complex operations with a commitment to using information and communications technology (ICT) tools to create peaceful social change around the world. Anand... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 14:15 - 14:55 IST