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Agile Technology with Lives at Stake: InSTEDD in Haiti & Beyond

Google Tech Talk
June 30, 2010

ABSTRACT

Presented by Eduardo Jezierski and Eric Rasmussen.

InSTEDD, a Google.org Grantee, deployed to the Port au Prince airfield with a team from AlertNet just hours after the Haitian earthquake.

Over the following days, a first-of-its-kind system was created that integrated technologies from more than a dozen partners. The system allowed Haitians to use their cell phones to both summon life-saving help and to receive critical information about relief efforts. From new portable satellite data antennas to plain RSS feeds, all sorts of technologies came into play to help the humans have a more effective response during Search and Rescue missions. Come and see the technologies that were used, how they were created from requirements in disaster response and public health, and how they incorporate innovations from field teams during and between disasters.

We’ll discuss what we needed to build and why, where it is now, where it’s going, and what we need from you.

Duration : 0:55:3


2 thoughts on “Agile Technology with Lives at Stake: InSTEDD in Haiti & Beyond

  1. Lord Kitchener's Own says:

    I read the article, but disagree. The less information a government has the less it can interfere in and manipulate the lives of its citizens.

    Or, arguably, the less information a government has the more incompetently it will interfere in and manipulate the lives of its citizens. One may assume that if we keep the government ignorant they'll stay out of our lives, but I rather suspect they'll actually get even MORE involved in our lives, just with even WORSE (or at the very least less predictable) consequences.

    I like the old “The government that governs least, governs best” line, and it's a useful reminder for governments, but I'm not certain that it similarly follows that “The government that knows least, governs least”.

  2. yungpro195 says:

    RT class=” ” In our lives, we may only have a few opportunities to be a true hero, but almost every day we have the opportunity not to be a coward.

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