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Heather LaGarde

SwitchPoint producer and senior advisor for strategic partnerships, IntraHealth International

SwitchPoint producer & senior advisor for strategic partnerships, IntraHealth International

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Guts, Collaboration, and Diversity Generate a Powerful Creative Force at SwitchPoint 2017

April 27 and 28 is the sixth annual SwitchPoint conference, a global gathering of humanitarians. Here's what to expect.

SwitchPoint: Is it a Festival or a Conference?

This year’s SwitchPoint speakers are coming from the UN Foundation, the World Bank, USAID, major corporations, and from tiny startups in far-off places.

SwitchPoint: Global Good Ideas

In this era of the meme and the like and the retweet, I never tire of stories about people who have built something incredible out of nothing, especially when they have built it to help someone else.

SwitchPoint: Great Ideas with Real Impact

Switchpoint brings together thought leaders from all over the world and asks them to apply their best thinking to the challenge of global health.

Two Heads Are Better Than One

In honor of Open Access Week, I wanted to write a quick blog to support the growing global movement promoting the free and immediate sharing of learning, data, and scholarly research.

TEDxChapelHill: Open Source Technologies, Local Engagement, and Innovation for Global Health

Last week, the second annual TEDxChapelHill filled the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill, NC. The seven amazing speakers—from the fields of ICT4D (information, communication, and technology for...

Open Source at the State Department: Loud, Timely, Not Your Parents’ State Department

Last Friday, I was in Washington, D.C., for Tech@State’s Open Source Conference. Tech@State is an inspiring step by the State Department, connecting technologists to targeted goals of the U.S. diplomacy and development agenda via networking events as part of Secretary Clinton's 21st Century Statecraft initiative.

MDG 8,Target F: Last but Not Least, Technologies and Global Partnerships for Development

Earlier this week, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced its new pledges totaling $11.7 billion from many donor governments as well as other private sources like Chevron, the United Methodist Church, and the Gates Foundation.

Global Health and Open Source in Africa—Why Is It Important?

The term open source refers to software source materials or source codes made freely and openly available with permission to be redistributed, customized, repurposed and rebuilt, legally and most often without fees—as opposed to proprietary software where the codes are kept private, must be bought, and usually cannot be significantly modified by the user.