Tech enthusiasts from HumaniNet, N-TEN, and One Laptop Per Child News are gathering in Portland, Oregon, next week to explore options for emergency communications as well as conversation, technology, and fun.
According to Gregg Swanson, Executive Director of HumaniNet, “HumaniNet is exploring ways to create a virtual team for managing critical information in emergencies, whether a distant earthquake or the (overdue) tsunami on the Oregon coast.
“In our simulation exercises in Indonesia and Nepal (above), with our NGO partners, we learned that it is better to manage vital information through volunteers in Portland rather than busy relief teams in Jakarta and Kathmandu”.
“In the Nepal exercise, one of our star volunteers, Sue Gemmell, received critical information by satellite and posted it on dynamic maps, making the data instantly accessible worldwide on the Web. We will demo two of these solutions on February 13.
Wayan Vota of One Laptop Per Child News will be on hand with a new XO computer designed by OLPC. Gregg Swanson of HumaniNet will talk to those interested in the Nepal simulation exercise in 2007 – and the GIS software that they used.
The team from N-TEN will have a few words about the new Portland 501 Tech Club, a monthly gathering of people working on or interested in nonprofit technology in the Portland area. Amy Ward of Meyer Memorial Trust will also say a few words about Net Tuesdays and MMT.
There’s no cost. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring a friend. It will be held Wednesday, February 13, at Lucky Lab Northwest (19th and Quimby) in Portland, Oregon.
- 5:00 – 6:30: meet, network, check out the XO and other tech hardware and software
- 6:30 – 7:00: brief presentations, Q&A
- 7:00 – ? meet, discuss, have a good time
“There is a vibrant and growing tech community in Portland,” says Gregg Swanson. “Increasingly, people in this community are looking for ways to help nonprofits, participate in projects around the world, and give back to the community”.
“Organizations like HumaniNet, N-TEN, NetSquared, and Personal Telco make that involvement possible. And we think that occasional gatherings will enable cross-fertilization and introduce more people to the many local opportunities to apply tech skills and ideas,” said Swanson.
Currently, FEMA and emergency managers are testing elements of the IPAWS program incorporating a Geo-targeted Alerting System and Web Alert Relay Network.
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