Humanitarian Aid and Spatial Technologies in Crisis 10/17/17
Over the past decade the world has experienced a remarkable series of crises. Floods, storms, fires and earthquakes are striking a larger population than ever before, in global megacities, coastal clusters and remote rural areas alike. Pandemic diseases from the Ebola and Zika viruses to persistent infections like HIV, malaria and tuberculosis threaten millions annually. At the very same time, the tools to understand, collaborate and intervene in crisis events has continued to make more people than ever before more able than ever before to contribute their intelligence, skills and labor to solving critical global problems. Geographic information and other spatial technologies including drones, satellites and social automation systems are transforming not only how we can know the space of crisis but how we can act upon it in strikingly new ways. Andrew Schroeder will discuss the evolution of the engagement between humanitarian aid and spatial technologies across the space of global crisis over the past ten years through his work with Direct Relief and WeRobotics in order to help understand the future of our collective effort to build a more resilient and equitable global society.