“AMD’s 50×15 Initiative and One Laptop Per Child: Making Digital Inclusion a Reality”

Steve Howard
Senior Manager, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation

Delivering solutions that can truly meet the needs of the developing world requires fresh thinking by the IT industry. AMD is leading the way, leveraging its global ecosystem of technology partners to create usable solutions for those who need them most.

50×15 is a global initiative, founded by AMD, with a goal to enable affordable Internet access and computing capabilities to 50 percent of the world’s population by the year 2015.

The non-profit One Laptop Per Child organization is one of the pillars of the 50×15 Initiative, and an example of how industry and non-profit organizations can work together to transform lives and livelihoods.

Steve Howard is senior manager of the global 50×15 Initiative Partner Program at AMD and secretary & treasurer of the 50×15 Foundation. Launched by AMD in 2004 at the World Economic Forum, 50×15 is a bold and far-reaching effort to develop new technology and solutions that will enable affordable Internet access and computing capability for 50 percent of the world’s population by the year 2015. The 50×15 Foundation serves to channel internal, external, and individual funds in support of the 50×15 global initiative and measures the impact of all contributions and deployments worldwide.

Howard has more than 13 years experience in the high-tech industry, including leadership roles in global alliances, business strategy development, marketing and public relations. Prior to his role at AMD, Howard established Thought Fuel, Inc. a full-service PR and marketing communications firm that served a variety of clients, including Motorola, StarCore, BetaCorp and RunTex.

Howard also has held positions at Motorola, Sears Teleservices and Mason & Hanger, Inc. He earned a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.