Press release: Nonprofits, Tech Companies and Funders to Convene for NetHope 2016 Global Summit

Contacts: Nan Hall, Kristin Kalning
NetHope Communications Team
nan.hall@nethope.org | 206-604-5118
kristin.kalning@nethope.org | 425-281-6665

SEATTLE – November 2, 2016 – Over 300 representatives from global nonprofits, leading technology companies and funding organizations will converge at The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta next week from November 7-11, 2016. They are united by one common goal: to apply the promise and power of technology to the problems of humanity.

The convener, NetHope, is a consortium of 49 global nonprofits that was founded 15 years ago. Its members include Atlanta-based CARE and Habitat for Humanity. Its membership represents the foremost development, humanitarian and conservation organizations leading the fight against the toughest challenges we face: poverty, hunger, refugee displacement, disaster response, disease outbreaks, human trafficking, gender inequality and environmental protection.

“The annual NetHope Global Summit is a valuable time for those committed to changing the world,” said Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEO. “It gathers our membership from 38 countries for an intense week of sharing challenges and experiences, learning through participation in sessions and workshops, hearing from provocative speakers and thought leaders to expand our knowledge, finding partners through networking and collaborating, and identifying promising new technologies through our Technology Solutions Exhibit.”

Summit topics include data security, digital payments, Internet of Things, closing the global gender gap in technology use, and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for humanitarian purposes.

The NetHope Global Summit has drawn 34 generous sponsors, including 21 major sponsors, such as Microsoft and Cisco, which have supported NetHope since its founding. “Our sponsors help make the Summit possible and enrich it. This event draws so many ICT decision-makers and influencers and creates opportunities for new partnerships,” said Tina Lee, who manages NetHope’s corporate partnerships. “This high level of sponsor participation signals the fact that more companies are making commitments in the humanitarian space and perceive it as a win-win situation. We help them achieve both their commercial and philanthropic objectives.”

NetHope Global Summit Sponsors (See below for descriptions of the major sponsors and see a full list on our website.)

  • Platinum: Microsoft, Cisco
  • Community Celebration: CDW
  • Gold: Marlink, Splunk
  • Silver: Accenture, Amplify4Good, Box, DocuSign, EMC, Esri, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Health Communication Capacity Collaborative, Mastercard, Okta, PwC, Hughes, Salesforce, Twilio, Unit4

About NetHope

NetHope empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. By facilitating collaboration between NetHope’s nonprofit members, foundations, and tech sponsors, NetHope is a catalyst for productive innovation and problem-solving in humanitarian and conservation work. Since its founding in 2001, NetHope has grown to represent 49 international NGOs working on some of the world’s toughest challenges.

About Our Major Sponsors

Microsoft
Through Microsoft Philanthropies, we’re investing Microsoft’s greatest assets to drive greater inclusion and empowerment of people who do not have access to technology and the opportunities it offers and enables. As we do so, we will build on the foundation of Microsoft’s 30-plus years of giving, seeking new ways to achieve greater outcomes for a broader segment of the world’s population.

Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. Discover more at newsroom.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

Cisco sells its products and services, both directly through its own sales force as well as through its channel partners, to large enterprises, commercial businesses, service providers, and consumers. Specialties: Networking, Wireless, Security, Unified Communication, Telepresence, Collaboration, Data Center, Virtualization, Unified Computing Systems.

CDW
CDW, a 30-year old provider of technology, services and support, is focused on helping more than 5,000 nonprofit organizations advance their mission with specialized industry expertise, shared best practices from nonprofit customers and access to a broad range of cost-saving IT solutions. Our dedicated nonprofit account teams help organizations leverage IT to better manage budgets and resources, expand member/donor engagement, strengthen market relevancy and impact, and increase efficiency and agility.

Marlink
Communication where it matters most. Where conflict or natural disaster causes a breakdown in conventional communications, instant, reliable connectivity via satellite is mission-critical for humanitarian organizations. Setting up emergency telecoms centers, optimizing emergency aid processes and providing a lifeline to affected populations are all possible with reliable, cost-effective satcoms.

As the proven humanitarian communication partner for emergency and aid organizations, NGOs and UN agencies, Marlink provides fully managed satcom-enabled solutions for land-based critical operations. From equipment to services, from solutions to support, we offer a full range of fixed, portable and rapid deploy satcoms and hybrid solutions. Through our extensive portfolio, specialist knowledge and global presence, we help you to prepare. We help you to act. We help you to help others.

Splunk
Splunk Inc. was founded to pursue a disruptive new vision: make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. Machine data is one of the fastest growing and most valuable parts of big data – generated by every component of IT infrastructures, applications, mobile devices, website clickstreams, social data, sensors and more.

Splunk is the leading software platform for machine data that enables customers to gain real-time Operational Intelligence. Our company’s mission is to address the challenges and opportunities of managing massive streams of machine-generated big data. More than three quarters of the Fortune 100 and thousands of enterprises, universities, government agencies and service providers use Splunk software to harness the power of their machine data for application management, IT operations, security, web intelligence, customer and business analytics and more.

In September 2016, Splunk reaffirmed its commitment to research, education and community service by announcing Splunk Pledge, a new initiative that will commit $100 million over a 10-year period in software licenses, training, support and education to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions around the globe to support academic research and generate social impact.

Head to the Splunk website to learn more about Splunk Pledge and how your favorite cause can make a big difference with big data.

Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Amplify4Good
Amplify 4 Good is a social good consultancy focusing on using a combination of out-of-the-box thinking, rapid problem-solving, and obsessive data tracking to help companies create impact. We run toward hard problems, and we believe making great organizations more productive and efficient is a faster way to create change than starting something new. Therefore, our suite of services has been designed to meet the needs of senior executives as well as small teams. At our core, we find really talented and passionate people, and teach them to think like tech startup entrepreneurs, using intense immersive experiences, in order to solve problems within their own organizations or for the community at large.

Box
Founded in 2005, Box is transforming the way people and organizations work so they can achieve their greatest ambitions. As the world’s leading enterprise software platform for content collaboration, Box helps businesses of all sizes in every industry securely access and manage their critical information in the cloud. Box.org is an initiative started at Box in early 2014 that enables nonprofits to innovate and fulfill their mission. Learn more at Box.org.

DocuSign
DocuSign is changing how business gets done by empowering more than 250,000 companies and 100 million users in 188 countries to sign, send and manage documents anytime, anywhere, on any device, with confidence. DocuSign replaces printing, faxing, scanning and overnighting documents with the easiest, fastest, most trusted way to make every approval and decision digital. Organizations of all sizes and industries are accelerating contracts, approvals and workflows with DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform and eSignature solution. DocuSign keeps life and business moving forward.

DocuSign is changing how business gets done by empowering more than 250,000 companies and 100 million users in 188 countries to sign, send and manage documents anytime, anywhere, on any device, with confidence. DocuSign replaces printing, faxing, scanning and overnighting documents with the easiest, fastest, most trusted way to make every approval and decision digital. Organizations of all sizes and industries are accelerating contracts, approvals and workflows with DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform and eSignature solution. DocuSign keeps life and business moving forward.

EMC
EMC, which was acquired by Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ:ENT), is a leading provider of satellite-based connectivity and media to fast-growing, global mobility markets across air, land and sea. The company provides seamless, reliable connectivity and access, leveraging its wholly-owned and operated satellite-terrestrial-cellular broadband network with fully meshed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnected teleports. EMC delivers mission-critical communications, Internet, live TV, on-demand video, voice, cellular and 3G services worldwide.

The company operates in 140 countries and runs 52 global field support centers. The established EMC team, in business for 35 years, with unprecedented infrastructure and 20+ patented technologies, delivers industry firsts time and again. EMC hires and trains its own field engineers to flexibly deploy support quickly around the world. The company tailors its services for the most demanding users of mission-critical applications for the following sectors — energy, cruise and ferries, yachts, commercial shipping, mobile network operators, government, The United Nations (UN) & non-governmental organizations (NGOs), aviation, and global enterprises. For more information, visit www.EMCConnected.com.

Esri
Think and plan geographically. As the market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), Esri technology is used in over 350,000 organizations worldwide. Use GIS to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information, helping you solve problems and make better decisions. www.esri.com

Inmarsat
As the industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat has been powering creating secure, global reliable connectivity on land, at sea and in the air for more than three decades. Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service is the first high-speed broadband network to span the world. The company’s continuing commitment to innovation has enabled the deployment of advanced, new technologies for industries including Government, Maritime, Aviation and Enterprise.

Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.

Intelsat
Intelsat operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services.

Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live.

Health Communication Capacity Collaborative
The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) is a five-year, global project funded by USAID. It is designed to strengthen developing country capacity to implement state-of-the-art social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs.

HC3 is led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in partnership with Management Sciences for Health, NetHope, Population Services International and Internews.

Mastercard
Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry. We leverage our core competencies in technology and data analytics to partner with governments and humanitarian and development organizations to create innovative, scalable and sustainable solutions to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. Together we have implemented programs that are creating tangible results on issues ranging from economic development to humanitarian response, as well as advance our own stated goal of creating a more financially inclusive economy by 2020. Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

Okta
Okta is a leading provider of identity for the enterprise. The Okta Identity Cloud connects and protects employees of many of the world’s largest enterprises. It also securely connects enterprises to their partners, suppliers and customers. With deep integrations to over 5,000 apps, the Okta Identity Cloud enables simple and secure access from any device. Thousands of customers, including Experian, 20th Century Fox, LinkedIn, Flex, News Corp, Dish Networks and Adobe trust Okta to work faster, boost revenue and stay secure. Okta helps customers fulfill their missions faster by making it safe and easy to use the technologies they need to do their most significant work.

PwC
Creating value for our clients, our people and the communities we live and work in is at the heart of PwC. We’re a member of the PwC network, which has firms in 157 countries with more than 223,000 people. We’re committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. And what binds us together is one common purpose – to build trust in society and solve important problems.

Hughes
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband solutions and services. Hughes has shipped more than 5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share as well as operating the leading satellite Internet service in North America with over one million subscribers. Hughes owns and operates service businesses in the U.S., Europe, India, and Brazil, delivering continent-wide Hughes broadband satellite and terrestrial connectivity. Around the globe, Hughes supplies authorized service providers, government organizations, and businesses with advanced broadband systems and terminals.

Headquartered in Germantown, MD, USA Hughes is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS).

Salesforce
Salesforce.org is a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to empower its community of stakeholders to accelerate impact in a whole new way.

Salesforce.org impacts thousands of organizations and the millions of people they serve by delivering the world’s best nonprofit and educational technology solutions at affordable rates. It also inspires employee giving by matching their donations and driving volunteer engagement in the community. And it leverages a unique self-sustaining model to generously re-invest the revenue generated back into the community through strategic grants focused on education and workforce development.

Since 1999, Salesforce technology has powered more than 29,000 nonprofit and education institutions; Salesforce and its philanthropic entities have provided more than $128 million in grants; and Salesforce employees have logged more than 1.6 million volunteer hours around the world.

Twilio
Twilio makes communications easy and powerful. With Twilio’s platform, businesses can make communications relevant and contextual by embedding real-time communication and authentication capabilities directly into their software applications. Founded in 2008, Twilio has over 500 employees, with headquarters in San Francisco and other offices in Bogotá, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Mountain View, Munich, New York City, Singapore and Tallinn.

Unit4
As a member of ACEVO and with strong involvement in Inside NGO and NetHope, Unit4 provides solutions to hundreds of charities. NGOs and Non-profit organizations around the world that need enterprise applications that significantly reduce the cost of governance, management and administration.

Unit4’s innovative platform streamlines administrative processes, satisfies diverse donor reporting requirements, and improves decision making with real-time, accurate information. This comprehensive and scalable solution boost effectiveness to help reduce operating costs, enabling you to spend more on what really matters – your mission.