When the United Nations opened its first international headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the early 1990s, it was greeted with a flood of foreign-funded technology projects and grants.
But the first big foreign funding effort, in 1998, was the International Development Corps (IDC), a nonprofit created by the United Kingdom to help U.S. corporations develop information technology.
The IDC helped companies to create and distribute a web-based software development kit (SDK), which helped them build websites for their business and distribute it through the Internet.
By 2005, IDC had invested in nearly 3,000 companies, mostly in the information technology industry.
The program was so successful that in 2006, the U.N. launched the IT Governance Initiative (IGI), a similar initiative to help multinationals develop information systems.
The goal was to help smaller countries develop their own IT policies and programs to address the needs of their citizens.
But when the U-turn in technology was finally made in 2007, the IGI program was cut.
And, in 2008, the IDC ended its IT funding and closed its doors.
But it didn’t end all IT funding.
In the early 2000s, U.K.-based IT firm TIAA-CREF was among the first to provide IT consulting to governments, including those in developing countries.
“We were invited to work with a number of governments to identify the need for the development of a new IT infrastructure,” said John Wilson, TIAAFE’s executive vice president and chief IT officer, who also worked on the IDCs programs in the U.-K.
“It was really quite an amazing experience.”
Now Wilson and his colleagues are part of a small team of more than 60 U.B.C. alumni who are helping the IDCHU team build a new version of the IDCPE project, one that would help the UB.
S.-based group, which Wilson described as the “most valuable institution” for U.M.P.I. and the world.
The project is called IDCP E. Wilson said the project is not just about helping the UMB to make IT more accessible to U.s. students, but also the wider world.
“The project is to build a common IT infrastructure, and it’s going to be a big effort for the U,S.
and world,” Wilson said.
The IT E project was initially announced as a “technology innovation” initiative in March 2016, and Wilson said he was impressed by the “massive scale” of the effort.
He said the idea was to “build a common platform for the world to access, which is an important part of the development and deployment of information technology.”
In his time as a U.C.-San Diego alum, Wilson said his focus has been on helping U. companies to “get to know their IT infrastructure better.”
The IDCP project is part of an effort that Wilson said will include a wider U.F.
C program to develop IT policies for the developing world.
Wilson also noted that the UF-C program is one of the most important projects he has ever worked on.
“What I am really proud of is that we are taking the lead on a major part of developing the new world,” he said.
Wilson hopes the new project will “bring together a community of people who are interested in doing something new and cutting through the noise and making it clear that IT is a global problem.”
The project will include U. of B.C.’s Office of Information and Technology Policy, the B. C. Centre for the Advancement of Science in the Information Economy, the International Institute for Science in Information and Communication Technology (IIISIT), the Bayside Community Centre for Science and Technology, the University of British Columbia Centre for Digital Innovation and Innovation, the Institute of Science and Innovation at UBC, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.