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How Can New Technologies Improve Disaster Response?


March 25th San Francisco Salon - RSVP Now

Natural disasters are impossible to avoid, but thankfully recovery time and management have become easier due to the improvements in innovative technologies. As aid organizations gain more access to dynamic tools and Internet connectivity, their response times have dramatically become shorter - and more lives are saved.

Yet, the rush of response is not the best time to introduce new innovations. We need to analyze and prepare before disaster strikes. Which is why you should please RSVP now to join the next Technology Salon San Francisco for a lively conversation centered around questions like:
  • How can technology work best for disaster response?
  • Which available technology is “best” for different response phases?
  • What new technologies can we use for future disasters?
  • Where are the moral and ethical boundaries with these technologies?
Please RSVP now, as the discussion will be lead by Aaron Mason of Orion and two experts who bring a wealth of experience to the debate: The American Red Cross is exploring new technologies for disaster resilience, including biometric scanners, drones, 3D printers, and virtual reality. They recently released the report "A Vision for the Humanitarian Use of Emerging Technology for Emerging Needs."

The USAID Global Development Lab was central to the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, including developing new communications systems, data reporting tools, and interoperability standards across the affected countries.
We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited to ensure an intimate experience. Be sure to RSVP quickly. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

How Can New Technologies Improve Disaster Response?
Technology Salon San Francisco
March 25, 2015
9:30am - 11:30am
Vodafone Americas Foundation
Redwood City, CA 94065
RSVP is Required


How Can We Do Technology
for Development Better?



 London Salon on March 18th - RSVP Now

Today’s technological innovation is far more likely to be aimed at enhancing the lifestyles of the populations of Europe and North America, than it is at meeting the needs of those living in poverty. Do we really need another iPhone laundry app?

Yet more people have access to a mobile phone, 6 billion, than access to a toilet, only 4.5 billion, so there is a role for technology in reducing poverty, but how should we proceed? Practical Action has the view we should use a lens of Technology Justice in a needs-based approach while USAID is leading an effort to establish general Digital Development Principles that we should all follow.

Please RSVP now to debate how we can improve the use of technology in development with two key thought leaders:
  • Amber Meikle, who is leading Practical Action's Technology Justice practice
  • Wayan Vota, who is supporting the adoption of Digital Development Principles
Please RSVP now for a lively discussion with these two experts and your esteemed peers around questions like:
  • Should access to the Internet be a human right?
  • If so, what is the role of development actors to ensure that right?
  • What is the ideal way technology can be utilized by poor people?
  • How can we bridge the differences between our goals and reality?
  • Which technology approaches can improve development outcomes?
  • Who is doing it right or wrong, and what can they teach us?
We’ll have hot coffee and a light breakfast. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP quickly to be confirmed for attendance. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.
How Can We DO Tech for Development Better?
January Technology Salon London
9.00 – 11.00 a.m., Wednesday March 18th 2015
Central London, UK
RSVP is required for attendance

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 35 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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