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NetSquared DC Message Board › Meetup details changed: May Day, May Day: Lessons Learned from CrisisCamp

Meetup details changed: May Day, May Day: Lessons Learned from CrisisCamp

Paula B.
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Silver Spring, MD
It's time for another installment of NetSquared DC's Third Tuesday events. In May, we're featuring Lessons Learned from CrisisCamp. CrisisCamp began as an idea for an event to bring together people who were interested in leveraging technology and telecommunications systems to assist communities in times of crisis. In June 2009 the first CrisisCamp was held here in Washington DC to explore opportunities to enhance the capabilities of citizens, communities and crisis response organizations capability and capacity to response to, recover from, mitigate against and prepare for crises. When Haiti was struck with a devastating earthquake in January 2010, dozens of camps, beginning with the weekend following the earthquake, supported response efforts for the Haiti and Chilean earthquakes. Since then, the community has rallied and provided support and attracted new volunteers to support response efforts to assist Pakistan, Nashville and Thailand floods and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill.

Crisis Commons builds upon and supports CrisisCamp to advance the inclusion of lessons learned (from volunteer technology communities), dialogue and exercises, collaborative prototypes and toolsets, best practices, data and technical standards development to build a participatory and innovation culture supporting crisis management and global development. Heather Blanchard, Director of Crisis Commons, Dr. Veena Kumar, a physician and CrisisCamp participant, and others involved in CrisisCamp will talk about what has been learned over the last two years in quickly responding to crises, managing large groups of tech and non-tech volunteers, collaborating internationally with relief efforts, and using existing and developing open source technology effectively.

RSVP today to ensure your slot at what promises to be another interesting NetSquared DC program...
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