Innovation & Technology

Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive

Sentinel Project Drones in Kenya PAINt

The view of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” has evolved quickly in the past two years from objects of fear or hobbyist fascination to the forefront of global discussions of how to improve humanitarian operations. Emerging applications range from high-resolution digital mapping to rapid situational awareness to potentially enormous changes in how we distribute essential relief goods to remote […]

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An Open Letter to the Humanitarian UAV Community

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NetHope – a consortium of non-governmental organizations that specialize in improving information technology collaboration – has been hosting an ongoing webinar series on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in development and relief. It’s been a fascinating educational series so far – beginning last July with Dan Gilman from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs […]

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Re: Fast Company’s Most Innovative Nonprofits

Ebola Crisis Mapping - Direct Relief

Ebola Crisis Mapping Lands Direct Relief in Top 10 The Ebola outbreak began in December of 2013 in a small village near the border between Guinea and Liberia. From that remote epicenter emerged a pattern of infection that blazed across parts of six countries in West Africa, sparking a number of isolated cases in Europe and the United States. Now, as […]

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Beyond Drones: UAV Networks and The Future of Transportation

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The field of humanitarian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has moved forward at a tremendous pace since Direct Relief and DanOffice first experimented with the technology during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines 14 months ago. New applications have emerged, from mapping to multi-spectral sensing to goods transport. Software innovations have improved coordination, data sharing, and analysis. Significant improvements in hardware, from vehicles to batteries to […]

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Next Up: Humanitarian UAVs (Drones) with Singularity University and Nethope

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In case you missed the most recent of the Nethope webinar series on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), in which Direct Relief’s Director of Research and Analysis Andrew Schroeder facilitated a discussion with Esri on use of the ArcGIS platform for managing, processing, and sharing UAV data, a recording of the webinar is now line at the Nethope Solutions Center. In the webinar, Esri Technical Product Manager Cody Benkelman highlights […]

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Games Against Ebola: Developers for Direct Relief

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There are countless ways to make a difference, as nine game development teams from around the world demonstrated this past week. Over a 96-hour marathon that concluded on Nov. 30,  they volunteered to make games as a means to raise money for the fight to stop Ebola. These generous developers included Grapefrukt, Ludocity, Glitchnap, SLMN, Coffee Stain, and developers from Mojang such as TheMogMiner and Kris Jelbring. People […]

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