Conference & Annual Meeting 2016

Practical Impact Alliance Annual Members' Meeting 2016

The 2016 PIA Annual meeting (March 30-31, 2016) involved hands-on activities, group workshops, learning group kick-offs, networking opportunities, and more! Learn more about the ways in which the annual meeting sparked collaborations, and the launch of the 2016 learning groups. Read more here or see video here!

MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference 2016

​The annual MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference brings together perspectives from the international development and business communities to examine the best ways to bring poverty-alleviating solutions to market at scale. PIA members have exclusive networking opportunities with invited guests and special opportunities to serve as presenters and attend sessions.

The 2016 conference convened some of the world's most inspiring social entrepreneurs, at all stages of development, to explore strategies, models, and resources that can help development ventures achieve scale for significant social impact. This year's conference featured keynote addresses by Hannes Van Rensburg, Founder of Fundamo, and Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID.  The program also included a variety of sessions featuring leaders from across diverse industries, organizations, and geographies. Learn more about past conferences here.

The MIT Scaling Development Ventures (SDV) conference is a collaborative effort among MIT centers oriented toward international development and entrepreneurship. The main organizing partners are D-Lab, the Legatum CenterMIT Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, the Media Lab Entrepreneurship ProgramInternational Development Innovation NetworkComprehensive Initiative on Technology EvaluationMartin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, and MISTI. Members of the Practical Impact Alliance also have the opportunity to provide input into conference content.

IDEAS Global Challenge

The MIT SDV conference is closely integrated with the IDEAS Global Challenge Innovation Showcase. PIA members have special access to the Innovation Showcase, as well as the opportunity to participate as judges. Read more here.

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