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How Can ICTs Improve Our Ebola Response?

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October 30th DC Salon - RSVP Now

We are seeing an unprecedented outbreak and spread of Ebola in West Africa and now around the world, and a crippling lack of reliable information at all levels and locations.

Questions range from the basic to the complex, and there should be a role for ICTs to help answer ones like:

  • Where are the current and potential Ebola outbreaks?
  • Who is working there? What do they need? How do they communicate?
  • How can communities respond themselves? What support do they need?
  • When should international actors take action, and what should they do?

Please RSVP now to join the following experts as we work through our knowns and unknowns in applying the tools of technology to respond, and eventually contain this new health threat.

Our discussion will be guided by three overriding questions faced by all of us wish to help contain this deadly threat to people and progress:

  • What is the role of ICT in supporting coordination of the many local, national, and transnational players in responding to Ebola?
  • Where can ICTs support frontline health workers to better understand the disease and track its spread from person-to-person and across communities?
  • How can ICTs improve the understanding of Ebola containment and treatment by first responders - the affected communities themselves?

Please RSVP now to join in the discussion. We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

ICT4D in Ebola Response
October Technology Salon DC
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 30th
Washington, DC


How Can We Use Drones for Development?


October 21 Nairobi Salon - RSVP Now

We all know the military and surveillance applications of drones, and we can dream of Amazon Prime Air, but how can unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) be used to improve peoples’ lives? What innovations with remotely piloted aircraft will accelerate social and economic development?

To spur creativity and innovation of drone use, we will be giving away a DJI Phantom II Quadcopter - the #1 recommended camera drone - to the Salon participant with the best drone use idea. Please be sure to suggest an idea when you RSVP.

Before we get too frothy with excitement, drones also have many negative connotations. What might people under drone flight paths think? How might they, or you, respond to a drone overhead? The answers to these questions matter as well.

Please RSVP now to join your peers to examine the current and potential role of drones in development. We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

Drones for Development
October Technology Salon Nairobi
8-9:30am, Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Population Council, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya


How Can Emerging Technology Strengthen East African Urban Resilience?


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Technologies, such as smart phones and social media, have improved the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency preparedness and response by facilitating community participation, spreading life-saving messages and expediting service delivery.
As we enter the next generation of technology, we have an opportunity and responsibility to harness emerging tools – such as 3D printing, wearable technology and augmented reality – that people can use and adapt to strengthen their own resilience to crisis shocks.
As a Technology Salon subscriber, the Red Cross is pleased to invite you to an interactive workshop to explore how emerging and consumer technologies may improve and expand a community’s ability to prepare for emergencies, respond to increasing risk, and help urban dwellers bounce back quicker and stronger from natural disasters and other emergencies.
Emerging Technology and Urban Resilience
Thursday, 23 October 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Boma Inn Nairobi and Conference Center
Lunch will be provided
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This workshop is part of a global series.  Rather than concentrate on the tools that humanitarian organisations use, our goal is to start a new, multi-sector conversation focused on meeting the needs of urban communities through consumer technologies, including solutions that are, or will become, directly accessible to individuals and enhance their daily lives.
We will investigate how promising technologies can address the risks, needs and challenges that commonly delay or prevent individuals and communities from making a full recovery following emergencies.  We will explore practical, humanitarian applications and related technical requirements for these technologies as well as consider the ethical, political and security implications of their consumer use.

You can join too - if you RSVP now. RSVP is required for attendance.
The ideas and solutions generated in the workshop series will directly influence the design of pilot projects aimed at strengthening personal and community resilience in urban centres around the world.

About the Technology Salon

The Technology Salonâ„¢ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 30 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. 

It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!
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