About Joel

Bio

Dr. Joel Selanikio is an award-winning physician, inventor, emergency responder, and public speaker who leads the efforts of Magpi to develop and promote new technologies and business models for health and international development, including multiple-award-winning Magpi mobile data collection and messaging software – the most widely scaled mobile technology ever created for international development, with more than 40,000 users in more than 170 countries.

Dr. Selanikio is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant in the fields of social entrepreneurship, innovation, public and global health, healthcare, child health, epidemiology, and the use of technology for development ("ICT4D") and for emergency and disaster preparedness and response, and has consulted or spoken on these topics at Davos, TEDx, SciFoo, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Google, DARPA, CNN, Fox News, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Royal Society of Medicine, and many other very prominent venues and organizations. He is a judge for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, and is a winner of both the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability and the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award.

Dr. Selanikio has been profiled by the Guardian, Wired, Forbes, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the BBC, NPR, Information Week, and the Washington Post, among many other publications.

Dr. Selanikio is a practicing pediatrician, as well as a former Wall Street computer consultant, and former CDC epidemiologist. In December 2014 - January 2015, he was the lead physician at the IMC Ebola Treatment Center at Lunsar, Sierra Leone. As an officer of the Public Health Service, Dr. Selanikio served as Chief of Operations for the HHS Secretary's Emergency Command Center after the 9/11 attacks. In 2005, he was given the Haverford Award for Humanitarian Service for his work in treating tsunami victims in Aceh.

Languages

English, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

International Health, Disaster Response, refugee health, mass casualty care, response to chemical and biological weapons, technology for development, Pediatrics, Mobile Technology, data collection and analysis

An idea worth spreading

Using cloud computing to promote international development, as I discuss in my TEDx Austin talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/joel_selanikio_the_surprising_seeds_of_a_big_data_revolution_in_healthcare.html

I'm passionate about

Social justice, technology, science

Talk to me about

Mobile technology, the web, technology for development, sustainability, scale, social business

People don't know I'm good at

Knowing the words to old songs. :-)

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Joel Selanikio
Posted about 2 years ago
Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare
Hi Leonardo, There are many differences between Magpi and Google Docs Forms. The latter is a very rudimentary form system that requires online access, has no conditional logic and lacks many other basic and necessary features for field data collection. We are targeting the general lack of data, but not the issue of form field mapping, as the latter is a very minor concern in international health compared to the near total lack of usable health data for most countries (unlike in the US, where it is a major issue). Best, Joel
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Joel Selanikio
Posted about 2 years ago
Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare
Hi Zoe, Unfortunately, we don't have a cure for the discoordination of international development (the "consultants are often flown to scattered countries" problem), and we don't sponsor data collection anywhere. We simply provide the tools to allow motivated people to easily collect their data. This is because we know that we at DataDyne don't have the tools to solve that problem, but we can (and do) solve the tech problem. And in the end, by lowering the cost of electronic data collection and analysis from, say, $100,000 to $500 we enable a lot more organizations/researchers/individuals to collect data, thus at the very least increasing the amount of data and the locations and sectors in which it is collected. Which is in itself a great thing. Best, Joel
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Joel Selanikio
Posted about 2 years ago
Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare
Hi Samar, I think the best thing would be to go to www.magpi.com and register and have a look. You could also watch our introductory video at vimeo.com/channels/datadyne I think you'll find it is very easy to create a form and to transfer it to phones. I'd be happy to speak to you about your work, once you've had a chance to have a look around. Joel
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Joel Selanikio
Posted about 2 years ago
Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare
Hi Rebecca, Providing great analysis tools to our Magpi users isn't a long shot at all, and it's not even technologically difficult. It's just one more thing in the long list of things that are pretty easy to do but require some time, and unfortunately, we have limited resources to tackle that list. So we are improving Magpi all the time, and working to add features literally every day. But it's a LONG list. What is helping is that many, many entities are producing amazing analysis tools, including Hans Rosling's GapMinder, as well as Socrata, Salesforce, Tableau, and even Excel. So the ability of our users to analyze their data is much better than years ago -- quite independently of what we do with Magpi. Best, Joel