We do not have a food sponsor for this Meetup. However, you are welcome to brown-bag.
In the 11 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, technology has transformed the emergency response sector in numerous ways. Understandably, the majority of technology investments have been in prevention. However, it is not possible to prevent all emergencies and there is a growing need to enhance response operations.
Over the past five years, mobile devices have exploded in popularity and can now serve as a new, incredibly useful tool for emergency response but a technical strategy has not been fully addressed by Silicon Valley's engineering minds. While there may be many reasons for this, a key hurdle is domain knowledge.
This Meetup is designed to instigate a dialog among domain experts, investors, entrepreneurs, and engineers. We will attempt to demystify some of the domain and provide a networking opportunity for various experts to meet and learn from each other. We hope this will lead to creation of teams that build systems to exploit mobile devices in order to significantly transform selective aspects of emergency response operations.
6:30 – 7:00 Networking
7:00 – 8:30 Panel discussion and Q&A.
8:30 – 8:45 Cofounder pitches. One or two minutes each.
1. Chief Susan Manheimer, San Mateo Police. Chief Manheimer also was the President of the California Police Chiefs’ Association and is a Governor’s appointee to the State Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Crime Prevention. She is on the Board of Fight Crime Invest in Kids California, the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, and the University of San Francisco Law Enforcement Leadership Institute.
2. Dr. Eric Wang. Dr. Wang is a former surgeon turned radiologist who has worked in multiple level 1 trauma centers including Seattle's Harborview Medical Center which covers 20% of the US land mass and Miami's Jackson Memorial, a hospital where the US and Israeli military train for mass casualties. He is active in the healthcare startup community and serves as a medical expert for Medhelp, Healthtap, and ChickRx.
3. Susanne Jul combines a professional a career in software engineering, usability design and requirements analysis with a research career in human-computer interaction and technology for disaster management. She was a National Research Council Fellow at the Pacific Disaster Center, is past Vice-President of ISCRAM (the International Association for Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management), and is a volunteer with American Red Cross Disaster Services. Her interests lie in methods for preparing individuals and organizations to assume leadership unexpectedly in unfamiliar situations, integrating sustainable management practices with creative problem-solving and decision-making. Susanne holds a PhD in Computer Science and a BA in Theatre Arts, and is President and CEO of Amaryllis Consulting, specializing in user experience design. management, and group facilitation.
4. Justin Dombrowski is a community driven emergency management expert who has served as a volunteer to paid professional for over 20 years with experience working on major disasters and fires across the country including initial response to 9/11 WTC in NY to hundreds of smaller emergencies. Justin has served as an Incident Commander, Information Officer and Operations Section Chief among other positions including as a first responder and ground pounder. He started as a volunteer firefighter and continues to volunteer in his community to help his neighbors with emergency readiness and response.
5. Jaime Sedano is a Communications Specialist with Menlo Park Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force 3 (CA-TF3) and is responsible for providing and supporting secure LMR communications for the 220 member team. When deployed Comm Specialists setup a portable LMR system to communicate with various groups such as rescue specialists, ER physicians, structural engineers, heavy equipment specialists, canine search dogs and handlers, hazardous materials technicians, and logistics specialists. The team also provides interoperability in order to communicate with any of the other 28 teams across the nation. CA-TF3 operates under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Menlo Park Fire District is the sponsoring agency and has the responsibility of managing the team to make sure it is able to respond to any incident when requested to by FEMA/DHS. CA-TF3 is a specially trained and equipped Urban Search and Rescue Task Force consisting of 18 participating agencies and 60 civilians. This unique technical rescue team responds with 70,000 pounds of prepackaged search and rescue tools and medical equipment to conduct around the clock search and rescue operations at domestic and international disasters, both natural and man-made.