We’ve come to understand that technology has advanced faster than the norms that should govern it. The optimism we once felt about the connection and convenience tech would bring has been superseded by a growing distrust, and a growing feeling that we either have to accept our loss of power, or walk away from the systems we use everyday. Sarah Drinkwater thinks differently; she believes we have to nudge technology back to that optimistic future, and she’ll talk through work her team at Omidyar Network has done to fund, co-create and accelerate solutions and the movement towards responsible tech. We can and should come together to design a way forwards – to technology that works in service of people.
Sarah leads the Tech and Society Solutions Lab at Omidyar Network, where she works to fund, test and scale interventions that help maximize the tech industry’s positive contributions to a healthy society. Prior to Omidyar Network, Sarah was head of Campus London, Google’s first physical startup hub offering innovative education programs, a work and event space, and access to a vibrant startup community. Campus London was a pilot that has since scaled to six locations around the world, including Seoul and Sao Paulo. At Google, Sarah also built and led a global Google Maps community team. Sarah previously worked in community and content roles for early-stage startups in Europe. She also advised brands such as Nokia on their social strategy and was a journalist for newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian.