The gulf between the haves and the have-nots with technology is shifting and changing. Many “civilized countries” continue to have areas with little or no Internet access. Promises of 5G global access still has price barriers attached to the devices that support it and the cost to access. How do we shrink the digital divide and democratize access for communication, education, information, and survival?
The iLRN Grand Challenge Jam IV: Bridging the Digital Divide is a facilitated open small group discussion event bringing people together from around the world to discuss the issues and offer solutions. It is about the solutions. How do we change things?
Artists will be taking visual and graphic notes during the event and displaying them via live stream and the final artwork in VirBELA, host to the conference.
This event is part of the iLRN2020 Conference and open to the public. These Grand Challenges tackle the issues considered of primary importance to the United Nations sustainable development goals, tackling racism, infectious diseases, the digital divide, and climate change in custom designed event spaces for the conference.
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Judith Okonkwo is a Technology Evangelist, Business Psychologist and Organisation Development Consultant with experience working in Africa, Asia and Europe. She sits on the Board of the European Organisation Design Forum, advises Startups, not-for-profits and SMEs on emerging technologies and is a guest lecturer at the Lagos Business School and University of Westminster. She is also the creator of the Oriki Coaching Model™ and a co-founder of We Will Lead Africa. Judith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
In 2016 Judith set up Imisi 3D a creation lab in Lagos focused on building the ecosystem for extended reality technologies (AR/VR/MR), and connecting XR communities across the African continent. The lab provides learning opportunities and access to XR resources for creators and enthusiasts, while supporting engagement and adoption by the wider community, and consulting and creating content for clients. In 2018 she set up AR/VR Africa which held the largest XR event on the continent, an AR/VR hackathon across 7 African countries simultaneously. Judith is especially passionate about the adaptation of immersive technologies to create solutions on the continent, particularly low/mid cost virtual reality, for education and storytelling. Imisi 3D’s latest VR film production Lagos At Large made the Forbes list of the Top 50 XR Experiences of 2019.
A frequent international speaker, Judith has done TED and TEDx talks, and has spoken at several leading institutions and XR industry events including the RSA, World Bank, Oculus Connect, Nvidia’s GTC Europe and F8.
In 2019, Judith was selected for Echoing Green’s Social Impact Talent Report highlighting 67 leaders trying to solve some of the most difficult and pressing issues of our time. She is also a current member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Augmented and Virtual Reality.
About Imisi 3D
Imìsí 3D is an Extended Reality (XR) creation lab focused on building the African XR ecosystem. We are dedicated to growing a community of African AR/VR creators, creating solutions using AR/VR, and providing educational and engagement experiences with AR/VR. We see huge potential for AR/VR as a tool for creating everyday solutions and intend to change the technology narrative so that here we become creators and not just consumers of technology.