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Gaetano Borriello Feet on the Ground Humanitarian Symposium


Eric Brewer

IEEE award

Melissa Westbrook and Jim Jeffries


John Bennett


Ed Lazowska


Richard Anderson, Carl Hartung, Sam Sudar, Waylon Brunette, and Nicola Dell

UNESCO award

Melissa Westbrook and Sheree Wen

Saturday marked the Gaetano Borriello Feet on the Ground Humanitarian Symposium, held in conjunction with the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2015).

Following an introduction by Ed Lazowska, awards commemorating Gaetano’s achievements were presented to his wife Melissa by IEEE USA President Jim Jeffries and by UNESCO United States National Commissioner Sheree Wen. Eric Brewer (UC Berkeley) and John Bennett (University of Colorado), leaders in ICTD, presented keynotes. Richard Anderson, organizer of the symposium, chaired a panel that included Gaetano’s students Waylon Brunette, Nicola Dell, Carl Hartung, and Sam Sudar. The symposium concluded with technical presentations by Lorenzo Violante Ruiz (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), Kiersten Israel-Ballard (PATH), Roy Want (Google) Heather Underwood (University of Colorado), and David Thau (Google).

The symposium was a wonderful way to commemorate Gaetano’s extraordinary leadership in developing and deploying appropriate technologies to improve the lives of the under-served throughout the world.

Videos of the talks will be available soon.