Global ICT Conference
Last Updated: 9/22/2005
Monday, Oct 17, 2005 * Omni Shoreham * Washington, DC
Answering the call: Katrina, the Tsunami, Darfur, Afghanistan
– lessons learned from the Global ICT responses
Co-hosted by N-TEN and
More information and registration: http://www.nten.org/conferences-ict
N-TEN and HumaniNet invite you to a unique one-day conference that will
focus directly on the use of information and communications
technologies (ICT) in humanitarian relief operations and post-crisis
The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina has brought an outpouring
of support from concerned individuals and organizations across the
country and around the world. In addition to efforts by experienced
large organizations to supply food, water, and security, technology
volunteers and ad hoc organizations saw a need and rapidly mobilized to
re-establish communications, connect victims with their loved ones, and
match the displaced with volunteered housing.
The response to last year’s tsunami saw a similar combination
of ICT efforts by governments, NGOs, and concerned
individuals. In other crises, such as Darfur and Afghanistan,
the communications and information challenges were quite different, and
a very different mix of organizations have carried out the work.
On October 17th, we will bring together over 100 key program and
operations managers from humanitarian NGOs, government disaster
assistance staff, and concerned technologists to meet in Washington,
D.C. to address the lessons learned in the Katrina and
tsunami responses and other recent relief operations.
Workshops will emphasize practical, on-the-ground solutions and
near-term opportunities. Participants will explore how
government agencies, NGOs, and ad hoc projects can collaborate more
effectively on communications and information management; leverage the
hard-won experience of disaster professionals for volunteer projects
and utilize innovative technologies to support disaster relief teams.
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The focus of the conference will be on best practices for ICT in all
phases of relief operations: preparation and planning; emergency
response; "day one" communications and connectivity, tools for
collaborative information sharing, long-term relief, and the transition
to self-sufficiency through sustainable reconstruction projects.
We will also establish informal communities of interest around the main
themes and technologies to maintain the momentum of the networks and
recommendations that emerge from the discussions.
Please see the conference agenda page at http://www.nten.org/conferences-ict-agenda
for more details on the sessions available for the day.
Cost for the conference is $100 for N-TEN members, $150 for
N-TEN and HumaniNet hope you can join us for this very important,
timely, and informative event.