Technology Empowering U.S. Diplomacy and Development

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What do you want to get from Tech@State?
A colleague sent me info on Tech@State last week and I think the biggest benefit to me is the network I'll be given access to.

The "About" page for Tech@State sold me by stating it "connects tech innovators and those interested in diplomacy and development."

That aside, in my current capacity as Security Manager for AlphaSystems (, I am constantly thinking about the use of tech in healthcare and how it can move the industry forward as a whole.
Why is user need more important than cool tech? Or is it?
User need is more important than cool tech because properly analyzing and defining user need means that you’ll be able to more accurately measure the success of your services and iteratively improve them to meet the needs of the people who’ll make use of them.

Cool tech on the other hand is the antithesis of user need if its developed at the expense of a proper use need-analysis.

They aren't mutually exclusive, of course, but there is a process inherent to user need whereas cool tech tends to ignore process on the whole.

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