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Sunday, March 13 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Growing Global Movements: Technology and the New Arab Identity

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Over the last few months, the Arab world has once again resurfaced as a topic on the world's mind and at the forefront of media. This time however, not in relation to terrorism, but revolution; not violence, but democracy. A new arab identity is emerging... an arab that is literate, socially engaged, politically active, modern, moderate and digitally savvy. What is behind this new identity? How has the way arabs perceive themselves affected the way the world defines an arab and vice versa? What role has technology such as the web and social media played in this shift? How much can be attributed to deliberate efforts from within the arab world to redefine its identity through active movements in entrepreneurship, creative expression and science/technology literacy. This core conversation is timely with unresolved crises in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain etc., but also Iran and Libya. Join us for a discussion led by developer and co-founder of Aiki Lab Cultural Center in Damascus, Jon Philips and Lebanese interactive artist and CC fellow Ayah Bdeir, accompanied by various invited arab entrepreneurs, artists, designers and cultural leaders.

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Ayah Bdeir

FounderlittleBitsAyah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning library of Electronics dubbed “LEGOs for the iPad generation.” Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Bdeir’s career and education... Read More →
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Jon Phillips

FounderFabricatorzJon Phillips is founder and developer of Fabricatorz, a global open production company fabricating total creative and commercial projects primarily between San Francisco, Beijing, and the Web. With Bassel Safadi in 2010 he co-founded Aiki Lab in Singapore, the Aiki... Read More →

Sunday March 13, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 5ABC

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