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The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Tuesday, May 17 • 14:00 - 14:45
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Inspired by volunteer responder communities including Standby Task Force and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, ICT workers responding to the EU refugee crisis established simple, public, and completely open communications tools for cross organization coordination.

Using simple, publically available, and free-to-use tools, crisis responders on the Greek island of Lesbos established live chat rooms, and shared cloud-based document folders, to coordinate the establishment and maintenance of Wifi networks on the island. Groups who had never before met or collaborated were able to support each other with know-how, on-the-ground labor, equipment, and even funding.

These open spaces quickly filled with responders-professional NGO and corporate, and volunteers, working on the crisis throughout the refugee route and beyond.

What began as a lightweight coordination tool, quickly became a robust discussion and meet-up space that spawned several collaborative ICT projects including the RefugeeInfo web site for refugees, the Translation Cards mobile app for responders, and coordinated deploy and management of informational video displays throughout registration centers and border crossings.

Come hear how radical openness enabled IRC, Google, Mercy Corps, UNHCR, Cisco, NetHope, Disaster Tech Lab, Oxfam, SOS Children's VIllages, Save the Children, NRC and others to support one another's initiatives and come together to launch new programs in the midst of an emergency response.

The session will take the form of case studies presented by a panel of collaborators, followed by hands-on training on the key open-communications tools used in the response: Slack, Slack-in, Google Drive, and WhatsApp.

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Jeff Wishnie

Senior Director, Program Technology, Mercy Corps
Jeff Wishnie is Mercy Corps' Senior Director of Program Technology. He is responsible for the design and implementation use of ICTs to improve the effectiveness, reach, scale, and efficiency of Mercy Corps' programming globally. Jeff also provides technology strategy advising to Mercy Corps' Social Venture investment fund. Jeff serves on the board of directors SIMLabs and H. He holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and is a... Read More →

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Omar Mekassi

Regional ICT Projects Manager, International Rescue Committee
Omar Meksassi is the Regional ICT projects manager for the ICT Lab in Serbia for the International Rescue committee working on finding solutions though innovative and technological approaches to humanitarian response initiatives. | He previously worked with local NGOs in the MENA region providing project management and development guidance, as well as having most of his experience in the private sector in the field of robotics, innovations... Read More →
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Frank Schott

Vice President -- Global Programs, NetHope
I joined NetHope in 2004 and have enjoyed watching NetHope grow from 7 member NGOs to 49 today. I look forward to meeting NetHope member NGOs and NetHope partners At the Summit to discuss the best ways to engage with NetHope for maximum impact. Reach me at frankschott@nethope.org so that we can find time to meet.

John Warnes

Emergency Lab Technology Officer, UNHCR Innovation
John Warnes is the Emergency Lab Technology Officer for UNHCR Innovation and leads on designing and implementing technology solutions to support UNHCR's activities around communicating with communities in emergencies. Previously he worked with the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network, exploring sector wide issues relating to communicating with communities. He has also spent time working in the private sector for a... Read More →

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Data for the Community, By the Community: Feedback Loops for Sanitation, Education and Malaria Control | Mobile data collection tools have revolutionized data timeliness, breadth, and quality in less developed countries. But what happens to those data after they are aggregated and analyzed? In cooperation with government ministries and traditional leaders in Zambia, Akros works to ensure routine surveillance data empower local decision-makers... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
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