Scaling Development Ventures Conference Goes Digital in Face of Storm

First published in MIT News on Feb 15, 2013 by Nancy Adams, Communications Coordinator, D-Lab

Allistair Horton and Victor Grau SerratThe speakers for the inaugural Scaling Development Ventures (SDV) conference who had to travel from farthest away — from Nigeria, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Indonesia, Ghana, India, Scotland and Nepal — mostly made it to Boston before last weekend's major snowstorm, but for others the trip became impossible. The conference — scheduled to have taken place Saturday, Feb. 9, at the MIT Media Lab, during what turned out to be a historic storm — had 250 participants pre-registered and 125 more on the waiting list.

Quickly, the conference organizers took action to convert the planned conference sessions to a webinar and a live reception at D-Lab for those close-by.

SDV was conceived by MIT forces committed to entrepreneurship and international development. Conference organizers included D-Lab's Scale-Ups program, the Public Service Center's IDEAS Global Challenge, the International Development Initiative, and the Media Lab's Entrepreneurship Program....

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