Please join IMTFI for the First Annual Conference for Funded Research. This conference brings together the Institute’s inaugural set of award recipients who will present their preliminary findings based on research in 14 developing world countries. As more and more philanthropic, industry and development actors ask whether mobile technology can help provide access to needed financial services like savings and money transfer, these projects look to the experience on the ground of existing, traditional money systems and financial practices, as well as the potential and real impact of new technology in providing access to finance for the world’s poor.

The conference is open to the public November 4-5, 2009 at the University of California, Irvine in the Doheny Beach Conference Room, first floor of the UCI Student Center. Parking is $8. Registration is free, but space is limited. To register, please email imtfi@uci.edu or call (949) 824-2284 by Oct. 26.

For hotel accommodations you may contact Ayres Hotel & Suites of Costa Mesa and ask for IMTFI First Annual Conference rates. The nearest airport is John Wayne (SNA) , but you may also fly into Long Beach (LGB) and Los Angeles International (LAX).

To read more about IMTFI's currently funded projects, see Funded Research. 

*photo courtesy of Melissa Cliver

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