Innovation + Social Good Summit on September 26, 2015

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Save the date: September 26, 2015, Saturday.

On this day, Rappler and the United Nations in the Philippines will join the global community once again for the Social Good Summit.

Innovation +SocialGood comes at a very important juncture in our history.

In May 2016, Filipinos will choose a new President and a new set of national and local leaders.

On September 25, 2015 – a day before Innovation +SocialGood – the world will adopt the Global Goals for sustainable development: a new set of ambitious targets to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change.

To reach these Global Goals by 2030, we need these key ingredients: technology and innovation; engaged and active communities; competent and accountable leaders.

GLOBAL GOALS. These goals will be adopted by 193 countries on September 25, 2015, a day before the Manila Social Good Summit

GLOBAL GOALS. These goals will be adopted by 193 countries on September 25, 2015, a day before the Manila Social Good Summit

These are the highlights of Innovation +SocialGood.

Manila kicks off the global Social Good Summit. Our goal is to explore the disruptive power of technology and the critical role leaders play in fostering innovative ideas that could help address the complex challenges of our day.

Innovation +SocialGood will feature innovators who are exploring the use of relevant technologies to solve social problems. It will be a venue for networking, collaboration, and conversations about technology, leadership and ideas towards achieving our common aspirations as a nation.

It will highlight the leaders who are expected to draw the nation’s blueprint and lead Filipinos towards reaching our goals by 2030; initiate innovative solutions to social challenges; and provide the environment for technology and innovation to flourish in this country.

Innovation +SocialGood Program Overview

PH +Social Good Expo

The Expo will showcase key innovations in disaster information management, communications technology, governance, as well as the welfare and concerns of those who are at the bottom of the pyramid. It will also highlight out-of-the-box initiatives in community development, issues advocacy and social enterprise.

RapplerTalks +SocialGood (10 am to 12 noon)

    • Information as a lifeline : Innovations in disaster information management
    • Bridging the digital divide : Innovations in communications technology and social media for the bottom of the pyramid
    • Data-driven leadership: Innovations in analyzing open data and big data to improve governance and transparency
    • Securing our common future: Innovations in development programs that can exponentially change the world

(Attendance to the morning session is by invitation only. The point is about starting conversations online and onground around these issues and topics. If you are interested to attend, please email It would help if you specify what organization you belong to and why you think you should be given a slot in this session.)

Innovation +SocialGood Summit Plenary (1:00 to 5:30 PM)

    • Technology, development and leadership
    • The Global Goals for Sustainable Development: #2030NOW
    • Where we are now: our achievements towards #2030NOW
    • The dark side of technology
    • Big Data, Technology & Society
    • Roadmap Ahead

Move Awards Night (6:00 to 7:00 PM)

The Move Awards celebrates outstanding Filipinos who create change – not just for themselves, but also for others. They are making a difference in their communities, bringing new ideas to the table, and displaying excellence in their field.

About the Social Good Summit

The Social Good Summit is an annual global event organized around the United Nations General Assembly. It is sustained globally by +SocialGood, a community which shares world-changing ideas to spark action in our social media era. Rappler’s Maria Ressa is one of its 5 global advisors.

Rappler has been organizing the Philippine leg of this global event since 2012.

Each year, we bring together a lineup of speakers and about 1,000 people with many more online via livestream, live blog, and social media.

The discussions have normally trended #1 in the Philippines and up to #1 globally, kicking off a global dialogue picked up in different cities around the world. You can read more and watch our events in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

In 2014, the Philippine leg of the Social Good Summit was held in two locations: Manila and Tacloban City, the city that suffered the brunt of Typhoon Yolanda, the world’s strongest typhoon which killed more than 6,000 people. The event highlighted the need for a holistic approach to this enormous global threat: one that involves all sectors of society, including government, civil society, the private sector and ordinary citizens.

You can revisit the visualization of the Twitter communities that participated in last year’s SGS.

If you want to learn more or are interested to partner or participate in the Social Good Summit, email If you are interested to volunteer with the SGS 2015 Organizing Committee, please send us your CV and say “I want to volunteer” in the email title.



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