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Frontier Technologies Hub
Working with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to apply frontier technologies to the biggest challenges in development.
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The Frontier Technologies Hub works with the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) at the intersection of tech, innovation, and international development. We work across three main areas: ⚡️ Livestreaming explores the use of frontier technology by working with partners all over the world to test and scale tech with the potential for positive social impact. ⚡️ Futures️ connects FCDO people with one another and the world of tech, equipping them to apply frontier technologies in their programmes. ⚡ Hub Research gathers & shares what we learn and dives deeper into areas where tech has the greatest potential for doing good. The Frontier Technologies Hub is managed by three partners: Results for Development (R4D), IMC Worldwide, and Brink. It’s funded by UK Aid from the UK Government. For all enquiries please contact ftlenquiries@imcworldwide.com.

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Lea Simpson
Founder of Brink, Team Leader of the Frontier Technologies Hub. Tech optimist and lifelong nerd.
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Innovate DFID
Thinking and action on Digital, Innovation and Behavioural Insights in development. We are EPIC @InnovateDFID.
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Ben Walker
Digital communications for global development. Tell me if you think I am getting better on the drums.
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Asad Rahman
Using tech for global good, and trying to use it responsibly and ethically. Innovation type @ Brink & @ EdTech Hub. Sometimes writing, always thinking.
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James Wilkinson
Working at Brink as part of DFID’s Frontier Technology Livestreaming Programme. Pragmatic about tech, fascinated by behaviours.
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Francisco Riera
International Development & Tech Innovation 🚀⭐️
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Abigail Freeman
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Part of the R4D Innovation team, working with DFID’s Frontier Tech Hub and the International Development Innovation Alliance amongst other projects.
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