IntraHealth’s SwitchPoint 2013 Conference Convenes Global Innovators and Industry Leaders to Collaborate, Create and Solve Problems

Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:27pm EDT

* Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(Business Wire)--
The second annual SwitchPoint Conference, an IntraHealth International
production, will be held April 19-20, 2013, in Saxapahaw, N.C. The silo-busting
gathering connects thinkers, doers and entrepreneurs from multiple disciplines
to innovate and collaborate on solutions to critical issues in global health.
More than 350 attendees and speakers from 15 countries will participate in panel
discussions and hands-on labs, and enjoy a concert by DJ Spooky. The event is
chaired by Bill Shore, former director of North American Partnerships for GSK.
The conference costs $275 ($150, students). Register at 

More than 35 presenters and performers will address topics including big data,
global health, mapping, humanitarian tech, 3d printing, Maker Faire and DIY
movements, artivism, crisis response, human rights, emerging markets and
entrepreneurship. Speakers come from over 15 countries and include winners of
the Gates Foundation Prize, Tech Review`s Humanitarian of the Year, the
artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and members of Time
Magazine`s 100`s Most Influential People list. 

"SwitchPoint 2013 again gathers innovators from a variety of industries and
disciplines to launch partnerships that yield creative and long-lasting
solutions to global health challenges," says Pape Gaye, IntraHealth's president
and CEO. "Our business community is increasingly seeking greater alignment
between bottom-line business interests and doing good in the world. SwitchPoint
creates `a-ha moments` and opportunities for innovation in global health and

The inaugural event in 2012 spurred many partnerships and projects including a
Clinton Global Initiative Commitment made by Intel, Kenya`s iHub, Medic Mobile,
IntraHealth, Safaricom and others to provide a low-cost, adaptable eLearning
program for frontline health workers in East Africa. Another partnership grew
out of a collaboration between ARTVSM, the UN Foundation, GOOD, Malaria No More
and Speak Up Africa, culminating in a series of advocacy projects and world
tours featuring beat-making labs and a deal with PBS Digital. 

Building on the event`s momentum, IntraHealth developed the SwitchPoint Reader,
a web-based, hand-curated feed reader to help innovators, humanitarians and
others find and connect with inspiring people, organizations, ideas, campaigns
and challenges from across the social web at 

This year`s conference also features the Silo Busters Contest for university
students. Students submit essays up to 350 words or videos up to 90 seconds
describing their silo-busting SwitchPoint innovation, and how the impact it
could have in the world. Three entries will be chosen for presentation at
SwitchPoint 2013; winning students earn an all-expenses-paid trip there. Silo
Busters is made possible by the generous support of Pfizer`s Global Health
Fellows Program. Details: 

About IntraHealth

A global health leader for more than 30 years, Chapel Hill, N.C.-based
IntraHealth International champions the critical role of health workers in
health and development. It has offices in Washington, DC, and 15 countries
worldwide. For more on the organization, visit

For IntraHealth
Margot Lester, 919-967-3712
Heather LaGarde, 919-259-9765

Copyright Business Wire 2013