First Compassion and Technology Conference On December 6, 2013, Stanford University in California hosted its inaugural Compassion and Technology Conference that was presented by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) in collaboration with Facebook, the 1440 Foundation, HopeLab, and The Dalai Lama Foundation. The conference included talks by academic experts and technology industry leaders.

The Conference website defines compassion as “the emotional response when perceiving suffering and involves an authentic desire to help. Compassion is a virtue that is promoted across cultures and religions” and notes that “A growing body of evidence suggests that compassion is a natural and automatic response that has ensured our survival and that has benefits for psychological and physical health as well as longevity and flourishing.”

The second part of the conference incorporated a contest in which inventors, engineers and designers (who applied and were invited to participate as finalists) presented their technological designs for compassion-inspired applications and competed for best design idea before a panel of judges and the conference audience. Three winning finalists were selected to receive a 1440-CCARE Award (one $10,000 award and two $5,000 awards), an hour consultation with the operating partner of the growth capital fund, The Bridge Builders Collaborative, and the opportunity to meet His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama when he visits the San Francisco Bay Area on February 24, 2014.

Here’s a link to a story from Visual News about the Conference and the 10 finalists: http://www.visualnews.com/2013/12/06/stanford-university-holds-technology-innovation-competition-and-conference-to-promote-public-compassionate-action/.

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