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SwitchPoint is a conference about creativity, partnership, and action. It’s where humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology collide.

It focuses on unusual collaborations, spreading great ideas from around the world, and incubating yours.

Our speakers are building medical devices out of broken toys, using drones and 3D printers to save lives, creating innovation hubs, crowdsourcing crisis response, driving policy, shaping investment, and mapping everything.

Come to SwitchPoint and find your people. Networking is not a big enough word—we like to think of it as alchemy. The drive and ingenuity of the SwitchPoint community will encourage you to make your big idea a reality—no matter what.

SwitchPoint is produced each year by IntraHealth International, a global health organization that understands the power of creative people and partnerships and the fast-growing interconnectivity of global development.

SwitchPoint features:

  • 30+ powerful stage talks
  • 20+ hands-on microlabs
  • interactive networking
  • mentoring sessions
  • field trips
  • great food
  • live performances.

It’s all accomplished in a retreat setting down by the riverside in historic Saxapahaw, North Carolina.  Come get away from it all, and get into it all!

 



Need a little extra info to seal the deal? Here are a few highlights:

  • Amazing program. 30+ main-stage presentations about the latest developments in human-centered design, global development, and technology, plus 20 hands-on microlabs, all give you a chance to put great ideas into practice.
     
  • Brilliant speakers. Hear engaging experts from IBM, Pfizer, MIT Media Lab, Tech Change, and many more. SwitchPoint brings extraordinary individuals from all over the world together to share breakthroughs, inventions, and experiences.
     
  • Not the usual networking. If you didn’t get a chance to bend the ear of your favorite presenter at a mentoring microlab, you’ll have another chance at the Thursday evening networking reception.
     
  • Nice extras. You’ll not only go home with some cool event swag, you’ll also have a chance to build your own Google cardboard glasses, play with 3D printers, and meet entrepreneurs from around the world. Not to mention the delicious breakfast and lunch each day and a choice of four fieldtrips