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explore Technology for Good at NY's Grand Central Terminal




explore Technology for Good at NY's Grand Central Terminal

  • Three-day exhibit shows how communications technology and innovation are enabling the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to reduce extreme poverty by half

  • Mobile broadband is transforming the lives of individuals and societies through access to health, education, and sustainable business opportunities

  • Photos on display for the general public in Vanderbilt Hall from Monday, September 20 through Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Ericsson Technology for Good documentary style photo exhibit illustrates the positive impact of mobile connectivity worldwide in saving lives, empowering people through education, strengthening personal and community security and reuniting refugees with their families.

The photographs from villages in Africa, South America, India and the Caribbean will be on display at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall in New York from Monday, September 20 through Wednesday, September 22, 2010.   The Ericsson Technology for Good photo exhibit comes during the annual week-long meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, which this year marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Millennium Development Goals.

The powerful images, from the famous to the anonymous, tell stories of those who are benefiting from the public/private partnerships depicted in the exhibit's photos:

  • Jeanne D'Arc Mukamuligo is one of 200 women weaving baskets for the Imasirire cooperative at the Millennium Village in Mayange, Rwanda. She used to travel 40km (24 miles) just to purchase materials for her business. With mobile broadband in her village, Jeanne can now order things online, and even be in contact with her customers in the U.S. 
  • The Amazonian state of Para, Brazil is one of the most remote areas in the world.  A project called "Health and Happiness" there brings access to healthcare, education and marketplaces to more than 30,000 people in 175 villages.
  • Mobile connectivity is improving access to education and boosting teacher presence, teacher quality and increasing student attendance in the Millennium Village in Dertu, Kenya.  School enrollment has tripled and dropout rates have fallen by 85% after connecting Dertu's schools to the Internet via the mobile network in 2009.

"We see a future where empowerment and innovation through connectivity come together to further the development of the global economy and to improve living conditions throughout the world," said Elaine Weidman, head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for Ericsson.   "In cooperation with our partners, we believe this exhibit shows what is possible with our technology and how we are already using it to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals."

Entry to the three-day photo exhibit is free and accessible to anyone travelling through Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall. 

Ericsson has long been a champion of the use of mobile technology as an enabler to reaching the Millennium Development Goals.  Essentially mobile technology is a key infrastructure which can deliver a number of services reliably and cost effectively, bringing a closing of the digital divide and a rise in the standard of living.

"Mobile communication is one of the most pervasive technologies ever invented and is responsible for a great leap forward in society, commerce and the environment in many parts of the world.  Now we can envision bringing everyone into the new millennium by empowering people with innovative solutions for connectivity through mobile communications," said Weidman.

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Our multimedia content is available at the broadcast room:

Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices. 

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the "prime driver in an all-communicating world" through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 80,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 206.5 billion (USD 27.1 billion) in 2009. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.



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