Archive for the Innovation & Technology Category

Virtual Goods to Actual Good: Gamers & Direct Relief

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  As likely the only one at last week’s Games for Change festival in New York City who played “Pong” when it first came out (at a now long-closed arcade in Palo Alto, where I grew up), I was an unlikely speaker at the event.  But what a treat it was to glimpse the state of the art digital gaming […]

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Improving Philippines Typhoon Response With Satellite Technology

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A little over one week ago, I traveled to the Philippines with colleagues from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and Palantir Technologies to review progress on our shared CGI commitment to improve disaster response through better data analysis. The joint commitment began in 2012 following the response to Hurricane Sandy. Unlike the situation in New York, in the Philippines we realized that […]

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Applying New Technologies to Disaster Response

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Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to join the United Nations Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET) forum on humanitarian innovation held April 10-11 in Luxembourg to speak about two significant technology projects which Direct Relief has been involved in during the response to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines. The WGET is one of the key forums within the […]

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Direct Relief Named Finalist in Wireless Innovation Project Competition

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Last week at a celebration in Redwood City, Calif., I was honored to accept on behalf of Direct Relief the recognition of our selection by Vodafone Americas Foundation as one of eight finalists in the sixth annual Wireless Innovation Project competition, publicly announced today. Each year, Vodafone Americas Foundation selects a small group of the most creative and potentially impactful […]

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How Technology Can Enable Collaboration for the Common Good

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Our Director of Research and Analysis, Dr. Andrew Schroeder, recently attended the Clinton  Global Initiative winter meeting held Feb. 20 in New York City. He reflects on the conference below: Toward the end of this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) winter meeting, President Clinton asserted that most global problems have solutions, however the politics of special interests get in the […]

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#FedGIS: Making Informed Aid Decisions with Maps

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Our Research and Analytics Associate, Jen Lemberger, reflects on the Esri Federal GIS Conference, where policy makers, analysts and key federal government staff came together to learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can help move the country forward. Though Direct Relief does not receive government funding, I was invited to speak at the Esri Federal GIS Conference held Feb. 10-11 in […]

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