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Day 1: Welcome to the special 10th Anniversary NetHope Global Member Summit!

The 2011 NetHope Global Member Summit has officially started!

November 8, 2011

The 2011 NetHope Global Member Summit has officially started!

After a wonderful day and warm welcome from our hosts at the 10th Anniversary reception yesterday, we hit the ground running this morning!

William Brindley, Chief Executive Officer of NetHope, and Eamonn Sinnott, Vice President of Technology and Manufacturing at Intel and General Manager at Intel Ireland and Plant Manager of Fab24, officially welcomed everyone to this year’s summit. Brindley gave an overview of what to expect over the coming week.

The three newest NetHope member organizations — Compassion InternationalGrameen Foundation and Conservation International — gave their introductions to share more information about their humanitarian mission with the NetHope membership.

After the presentations, we had the special opportunity to hear again from Concern Worldwide’s CEO Tom Arnold, who spoke last night at the 10th Anniversary Welcome reception.

After a short break and networking opportunity, Edward G. Happ, Chairman of the NetHope Board, gave an inspiring report that highlighted how far NetHope has the unique value to see scarcity as an opportunity to leverage. He said the best is yet to come!

Next was the first program update of the summit: a presentation on the NetHope Academy by Senior Global Program Director Frank Schott. He shared updates from the NetHope Academy Haiti 2.0 class as well as the plans to scale the development of IT professionals that were announced at Clinton Global Initiative this year. Fredrik Winsnes, Health and Monitoring & Evaluation Program Director of NetHope, and Lisa Obradovich, NetHope Academy Program Manager of Accenture Development Partnerships, spoke on the Africa Expansion that is planned to take place in 2012.

After lunch and tours of the Fab24, everyone came back together to hear Jana Eggers, Senior Vice President of Products and Marketing at Blackbaud, shared survey results by the numbers and five ideas for growing impact without additional resources. After her great presentation, she joined a panel discussion a similar topic — “Challenges and Pressures of the Current Economic Climate on the NGO Community and IT Budgets,” which was moderated Vincent Richardson, Chief Information Officer of Concern Worldwide. Panelists included Cathy Quense, Chief Administrative Officer of ACCION International, David Goodman, Chief Technology Officer of International Rescue Committee, Thomas Rubatscher, International Director of IT at SOS Children’s Villages International, and Simon Woods, Head of International IT at VSO International.

After another break, Senior Global Program Director Barry Sanders shared the great deals and discounts secured for the NetHope membership. CDW’s Paul Arnpreister and IPA’s Barry Kroon came to the stage to tell members about their money-saving services. Sanders continued on with the Shared Services initiative’s update. He was joined by Almin Surani, Chief Information Officer of Canadian Red Cross, and Goodman.

Before the end of the day recap by Brindley, Chris Thomas, Chief Strategist and Director of Architecture at Intel, introduced the Cloud and had us start thinking where are the opportunities for member organizations to prepare for this IT revolution.

Tonight is an optional Innovation Value Institute Reception, hosted by Professor Martin Curley, Professor of Technology and Business Innovation and Co-Director at the Innovation Value Institute at the National Universary of Ireland Maynooth. Be sure to check back for more updates as we get deeper into our week of connection, collaboration and innovation in Ireland!

Reminder: if you have captured any video on your new FlipCam, please be sure to tag your upload with ‘ciscocsr’ and ‘NetHope’! Thanks again to Cisco for their gracious in-kind donation to help our members easily share their stories.

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