Creating Mobile Technologies to Advance the Public Good


Friday, November 6, 2015, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer (124 Mt. Auburn St. Suite 200-North)

Creating Mobile Technologies to Advance the Public Good

Ash Center Student Speaker Series


Jill Xu (MPP’16), and Scott Jacobsen (MC-MPA ’15) and Ash Center Research Fellow

Ash Center Foyer (124 Mt. Auburn St. Suite 200-North), 12-1 pm


Lunch will be provided


About the Event

Mobile applications have connected us in ways we may have never imagined -- making it easier to hail a ride across town, meet new people, and share our daily lives with loved ones. But how much has it done to empower people to more easily make a positive impact in their communities? This event will focus on the process of creating and iterating a mobile app to advance the public good. Our speakers include an international student who worked on Boston:311, the City of Boston's new app for citizen's to report non-emergency issues, and a recent HKS graduate who founded DoneGood, a social enterprise incubated at Harvard's Innovation Lab that makes it easy to discover socially responsible businesses that share your values and make a positive impact with every purchase.


Jill Xu is a 2nd year Master in Public Policy candidate, concentrating in International and Global Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. Coming from Beijing, she is a Fulbright master’s student sponsored by the State Department, and a summer fellow at the Ash Center through the China Program. She has been exposed to government publicity and international affairs since high school, and has won awards in public speaking and debate both at home and abroad. Before coming to HKS, she studied law at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2014. Aspiring to become a diplomat, she hopes to comprehend industries of legal service, security, mass media, finance etc. for the purpose of smart power diplomacy.


Scott Jacobsen is the cofounder of DoneGood, a recent MC/MPA graduate and current fellow at Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Prior to HKS and DoneGood, Scott worked for the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. where he helped lead national campaigns for children's health coverage, gun violence prevention, and to dismantle America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline. An experienced team manager, Scott now brings organizing and marketing skills developed over a career in politics and non-profits to help galvanize the growing conscientious consumer movement.


About the Series

The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open the table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at noon in the Ash Center foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided.