Olimar Maisonet-Guzman works is policy coordinator for IREX's Center for Collaborative Technologies where she explores the use of emerging technologies such as drones, data and new media in international development and citizen engagement. Previously, she worked worked at the U.S. State Department and as a policy coordinator for the United Nations Rio+20 and the post-2015 negotiations.
The recent pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong brought mesh networks to the forefront. How does this technology work, and how can it assist global development efforts? Find out in this opinion by Olimar Maisonet-Guzman, policy coordinator at IREX's Center for Collaborative Technologies.