2017 Sponsors




CRS is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in 101 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. Our programs touch 100 million lives with innovative solutions and responses to poverty.



At Microsoft, we believe technology is a powerful force for improving people’s lives – whether it’s students discovering the magic of creating something new with code, or health workers who use cloud services to better diagnose illnesses, collaborate with colleagues, and treat patients. We’re investing our greatest assets – technology, people, grants, and voice – to advance a more equitable world where the benefits of technology are accessible to everyone.



Founded in 1950, World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. WV’s more than 45,000 staff members in nearly 100 countries are committed to working with the world’s most vulnerable people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.





Founded in 1999, aWhere collects and analyses over a billion data points from around the globe each day to create unprecedented visibility and insight, known as Agricultural Intelligence, that enables critical agricultural decision making. aWhere operates a global-scale agronomic modeling environment with immense data processing capacity that is helping to transform agricultural development. aWhere’s processing center also integrates local farmer, agronomic, and socio-economic data into a predictive analytics platform that allows for the early identification and response to crop and livestock stress to mitigate their impact on smallholder livelihoods. aWhere delivers Agricultural Intelligence into the hands of farmers, agriculture ministries, humanitarian agencies, agricultural buyers, and a range of other market players in emerging markets to inform decisions that promote greater farmer productivity, more resilient communities, and improved food security.


CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector.

The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture focuses on providing support to CGIAR and its key partners, helping to improve our data and share it with the world. We work from the bottom up to set the tone for big data in agriculture, establishing and maintaining CGIAR as a leader in generating actionable data-driven insights for stakeholders.










A-M-Z Group is a Professional Services and Venture Development firm with experience across industries. A-M-Z believes in the power of teams and delivers value by providing, joining, building, leading and developing “whole-brain” teams for clients. Deeply rooted in project management and our mission to help improve the world, A-M-Z believes that technology is a support feature natural to any project, program and work effort that should be embraced, not feared.


Dalberg is a strategy and policy advisory firm focused on global development. Our mission is to bring the best of private sector strategy to address global development challenges. We do so by combining rigorous analytical capabilities with deep knowledge and networks across emerging and frontier markets. Our clients span the public, private and philanthropic sectors, and we work collaboratively with them to address pressing global problems and generate positive social impact from programs, investments and initiatives.



DigitalGlobe is the world’s leading provider of high-resolution Earth imagery, data, and analysis. With the most sophisticated commercial satellite constellation in orbit, we create the world’s smartest images, to give customers confidence when making decisions that matter most. Customers everywhere rely on our best-in-class technology, global coverage, and 16-year time-lapse image library for the most exacting, mission-critical information available about our changing planet. By helping customers solve their most difficult challenges, DigitalGlobe has become the trusted partner for dozens of industries worldwide, from environmental monitoring to mapmaking, from defense to public safety.



Since 1969, the Environmental Systems Research Institute has helped organizations map and model our world. The ArcGIS Platform by Esri is now utilized in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide to manage and analyze geographic information to enable informed decision making. As a socially conscious business, Esri actively supports organizations involved in education, conservation, sustainable development and humanitarian affairs.



The GPC-GIS is a full service consulting firm and consortium of international collaborators focused on supporting our clients in the development and application of geographic and related information technologies to a wide variety of application areas. Most importantly, GPC-GIS leverages the GPC network of highly skilled professionals dedicated to harnessing the power of existing and emerging technologies on behalf of our clients, and in assisting them in effectively integrating these tools within their own planning efforts and day-to-day operations.





RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world.






The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) aims to realize a more inclusive digital society in emerging markets, in which all women, men and children benefit from life-enhancing, mobile-based digital services. A partnership among USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Swedish Government and the United Nations Foundation, DIAL’s efforts help accelerate the collective efforts of government, industry and development organizations to realize this vision.



For more than 200 years, DuPont has brought world-class science and engineering to the global market place through innovative products, materials and services. Our market-driven innovation introduces thousands of new products and inventions every year serving diverse industries across 90 countries.

Today, DuPont is building on this heritage by partnering with others to tackle the unprecedented challenges in food, energy and protection facing our world. The company is working with customers, governments, NGOS and thought leaders to discover solutions to today’s toughest challenges- provide enough healthy food for people everywhere, decrease dependence on fossil fuels, as well as protect people and the environment for generations to come.



Radiant.Earth is a non-profit organization, committed to ensuring the global development community (GDC) has greater access to Earth imagery, analytical tools and knowledge for positive, even transformative global impact. Founded in 2016 in response to continuous calls by the GDC to improve discovery of Earth imagery, as well as expand collaboration and capacity building among the community and entrepreneurs worldwide,

Radiant.Earth aims to provide a neutral technology platform that easily connects people to the vast resources of Earth imagery, data, geospatial analytical tools and knowledge, which in turn can offer solutions to the world’s most critical challenges. Radiant.Earth’s primary focus is on open resources, but also works closely with commercial providers to deliver users with the most appropriate solutions.