An interactive event featuring Carnegie Mellon's TechBridgeWorld and its projects in underserved communities around the globe is taking place Dec. 6, 2007, on the university's Pittsburgh campus.
It's the launch of an annual TechBridgeWorld event that allows people to learn more about the many innovative ways in which the students and faculty are implementing computing technology solutions to meet sustainable development needs around the world.
"TechBridgeWorld creates opportunities for developing communities to increase their connection to the rest of the world — socially, economically, even politically," said Bernardine Dias, founder and director of TechBridgeWorld. "And it's a hugely rewarding experience for Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and partners. You really get to see — immediately — the difference one person can make."
This year's activities focus on challenges and solutions to improving literacy in underserved communities. There will be free international food, international music, prizes and giveaways.
During the interactive event, which will be held in the Newell-Simon Hall Atrium from 5 to 7 p.m., visitors can try their hand at solving difficult problems relevant to developing communities. Visitors can also interact with the technology of the organization's projects; learn more about surrounding global challenges; and sign up to get involved in ongoing and new projects through TechBridgeWorld.
Students, faculty and staff will be available to discuss the projects and answer questions.
Through strong collaborations with partners in underserved communities at home and abroad, TechBridgeWorld explores and enhances the role of technology globally, focusing on sharing expertise and empowering indigenous populations.