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Guest post from Ayleen Lau, Accenture Consultant and 2014 Technology Innovation Awards Project Lead.
We are all familiar with the many gadgets and electronics used every day to make our lives more convenient. While we communicate with friends and family around the world at the click of a button, companies similarly wield a vast array of technological tools in order to connect with their users more effectively.
My career since joining Accenture four years ago has revolved around technology. As a consultant, I specialize in the project management of large-scale programs that transform our clients’ technology platforms. Working alongside these programs for several years has given me a greater appreciation of the many ways technology has influenced my life, personally and professionally. After joining Accenture’s Washington, DC office, I have been amazed by how technology is wielded to positively impact the DC community. For example, Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Corporate Citizenship initiative brings together our people, our clients, nonprofits and others to drive collaboration, and we are putting technology to work to accelerate and expand our impact in innovative ways. Through Skills to Succeed, Accenture has equipped more than half a million people with the workplace and entrepreneurial skills.
Social Change in Cambodia
During a leave in 2012, I travelled to Cambodia to work alongside The Open Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering its community for social and economic advancement through the use of technology. At The Open Institute, I provided support to the Women for Social Change Program. In addition, I advocated for some of the organization’s ongoing projects, including the Khmer Software Initiative. This project focused on developing computer tools in the country’s official language – Khmer. The initiative sought users to communicate in Khmer in the digital world – ultimately fostering greater access to information in their home country.
Whether in Cambodia or the United States, I am consistently amazed by the array of possibilities technology provides. I have witnessed first-hand the way it reshapes how organizations, big or small, interact with their communities. This year, I am excited to take part in Accenture’s partnership with 501cTECH in their effort to encourage nonprofit groups to develop new technologies that address evident needs. Whether it is in the field of STEM Education, Workforce Development, or Military and Veteran Families support, the Technology Innovation Awards facilitate nonprofits to be forward-thinking in how to best serve our community. While no one technology solution may tackle all of the various needs of Washingtonians, I am confident that the impact each project has will help create a healthier and more prosperous community for all of DC’s residents today and well into the future.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 293,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, Accenture is committed to equipping 700,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.