Merrick Schaefer

Merrick Schaefer
Technical Project Manager, UNICEF

Website | @unimps

Merrick Schaefer is a Technical Project Coordinator in UNICEF’s Innovation Team based out of the UN’s New York Headquarters. He both develops strategies for innovative uses of technology in UNICEF’s work and coordinates the UI design, software development and field implementations of technical projects. His projects cover a wide spectrum of UNICEF’s work, ranging from developing Speak Africa, a social network connecting youth in eight African nations to discuss their most pressing issues on the web and with SMS, to using SMS to gather real-time data tracking food distribution during a famine in Ethiopia.

Merrick started working as a web developer in 1995, having a front row seat to the explosive growth of the World Wide Web. He has worked on enterprise level systems while consulting at Accenture, as well as creating websites for small businesses and non-profits while running a web development consultancy. He graduated from the University of Chicago where he earned a B.A. in Medical Ethics, when not hacking on web projects. Merrick is also an avid rock climber of 17 years, and often can be found dangling off cliffs in far flung corners of the world.

Sessions

Emerging Topics, Mobile
Location: Ballroom A7
Seth Herr (UNICEF), Merrick Schaefer (UNICEF)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
The Bee is an emergency communications system utilizing innovative open-source hardware and software. The Bee can be deployed anywhere in the world, can navigate power and connectivity challenges, and can be checked as baggage on commercial airlines. It's rugged, customizable, and designed to contribute to the community long after the crisis has passed. Read more.
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • SourceForge.net
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • MySpace.com
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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