Chapter 10: The Role of Technology in YEO Programming

Technology, and the new types of social connections it has enabled, has transformed many young people’s lives. As Wayan Vota, Senior Director at Inveneo, put it at the 2011 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, “Technology is the only sector where young people are seen as thought leaders and power brokers.” It has also transformed the lives of entrepreneurs—both young and old who find new ways to access information, start businesses, use financial services, and break through cultural or geographic barriers that previously limited their aspirations. With exciting developments in technology come concerns about those without access or sufficient literacy skills to benefit from technological advances. Panelists at the 2011 GYEOC discussed how technology has changed the YEO landscape, including connecting young people to existing jobs, and what more needs to be done.