The Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) presented its 1st Annual Meeting on March 8, 2011. The theme of the meeting revolved around the question “How can technology help under-developed areas around the world?” Researchers and experts from the areas of information technology and economic development presented their work on how cutting edge technology can be applied to overcome the problems in the developing regions in terms of energy, communication, health care, and financial services. The meeting featured a set of talks as platforms for discussing the opportunities and challenges that information and communication technology presents for economic development.
The Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) is a research center at New York University Abu Dhabi that focuses on the development of innovative and cutting-edge technologies that can significantly impact economic development with a specific focus on problems faced in under-developed areas around the world. CTED is headquartered in Abu Dhabi with branches in New York and Accra. CTED houses several research projects that aim to tackle a wide range of developmental problems across five areas including food and water, healthcare, financial access, energy, and education.