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Monday, March 20
 

6:00pm

Cocktail Reception and Interactive Exercise
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for a fun and informal reception and interactive exercise at the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Research Center. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served courtesy of Microsoft Philanthropies. Registration is required for this event and participation is capped at 140 people.


Speakers
avatar for Cameron Birge

Cameron Birge

Humanitarian Response Manager, Microsoft Philanthropies
Cameron Birge has recently joined Microsoft Philanthropies as their Humanitarian Response Manager, responsible for coordinating the company’s response to humanitarian disasters around the world. He previously spent ten years in the aid industry having served as an emergency program and logistics officer in the United Nations World Food Programme in South Sudan, Kenya, Pakistan, and Rome and as a project manager for United Nations Office for... Read More →
avatar for Gwi-Yeop Son

Gwi-Yeop Son

Director of Corporate Programmes, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Gwi-Yeop Son began her career in Haiti, assisting HIV/AIDS patients with the non-governmental organization Death and Dying Institute. She then worked with the Country Women’s Association of Nigeria, focusing on microfinance schemes, before becoming Assistant to the Managing Director of Lehman Brothers.In 1994, Ms. Son was posted to Somalia as a Programme Officer with the United Nations (UN) Development Programme (UNDP), marking the beginning of... Read More →


Monday March 20, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Microsoft Silicon Valley Research Center - Building 1 1065 La Avenida St, Mountain View, CA 94043
 
Tuesday, March 21
 

8:30am

Registration + Coffee and Pastries

Please visit the registration desk to receive your welcome package and identification badge. You must display your badge at all times when on the Google campus. Coffee and pastries will be served courtesy of SAP. 


Tuesday March 21, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
CL2 - Micro Kitchen 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94043

9:00am

Welcoming Remarks
A brief introduction and welcome from the 2017 Humanitarian ICT Forum conveners and primary sponsors.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Collar

Steve Collar

Chief Executive Officer, O3b Networks
Steve Collar has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of O3b Networks since 2011 and guided the company through the successful build and launch of its constellation of state-of-the-art satellites and led the business into service and revenue generation. O3b now serves some of the world’s largest Telecommunications, Maritime and Energy companies as well as Governments on a global basis
avatar for Yossi Matias

Yossi Matias

Vice President, Engineering, Google
Yossi Matias is Vice President, Engineering at Google and the Managing Director of Google’s Research and Development Center in Israel, which he established. He is also the founding executive lead of Google’s Campus Tel Aviv. Yossi has years of experience as a computer scientist, entrepreneur and executive. He has been on the Computer Science faculty at Tel Aviv University, and previously a Research Scientist at Bell Labs and visiting... Read More →
avatar for Enrica Porcari

Enrica Porcari

Chief Information Officer and Chair of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), World Food Programme (WFP)
Ms. Enrica Porcari is the Chief Information Officer and Director of IT of the World Food Programme (WFP) and Chair of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). Prior to her present appointment, Enrica spent many years at the CGIAR Consortium where she was the first CIO, then the Director of Shared Services which included ICT, procurement and support services. She was Chief of Telecommunications and Field Services at WFP from 1996 to 2002... Read More →
avatar for Gwi-Yeop Son

Gwi-Yeop Son

Director of Corporate Programmes, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Gwi-Yeop Son began her career in Haiti, assisting HIV/AIDS patients with the non-governmental organization Death and Dying Institute. She then worked with the Country Women’s Association of Nigeria, focusing on microfinance schemes, before becoming Assistant to the Managing Director of Lehman Brothers.In 1994, Ms. Son was posted to Somalia as a Programme Officer with the United Nations (UN) Development Programme (UNDP), marking the beginning of... Read More →


Tuesday March 21, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

9:30am

Opening Keynote - Bringing the Technology Revolution to Humanitarian Operations

An interactive conversation focusing on how humanitarian organizations and technology companies can work together to make humanitarian responses more effective, more efficient and more responsive to the needs of affected people.


Moderators
avatar for Connie Guglielmo

Connie Guglielmo

Editor in Chief, CNET News
Connie Guglielmo is editor in chief of CNET News and is responsible for overseeing a global team that covers breaking stories and also delivers analyses and features. She's a veteran tech reporter and editor who has worked in and around Silicon Valley for MacWeek, Wired, Upside, Interactive Week, Bloomberg News and Forbes.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Golz

Michael Golz

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer - Americas, SAP
Michael Golz is Senior Vice President & CIO Americas at SAP. He oversees all IT solutions and services in North America and Latin America, aligning information and technology strategy with SAP’s business strategy and providing best-in-class processes and optimized operations for all lines of business. Mr. Golz also leads the unique “SAP Runs SAP” program highlighting IT Innovation and Product Development in the areas of... Read More →
avatar for Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet

Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet

Director of Communication and Information Management, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Current PositionDirector of Communication and Information ManagementCompanyInternational Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)CareerDirector of Communication and Information Management the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) a post she has held since July 2010Deputy Director of Communication, ICRC, January 2004-July 2010Deputy Head of Division for Policy and Cooperation within the Movement, ICRC, 2003Head of Women and War Project, ICRC... Read More →
avatar for Yossi Matias

Yossi Matias

Vice President, Engineering, Google
Yossi Matias is Vice President, Engineering at Google and the Managing Director of Google’s Research and Development Center in Israel, which he established. He is also the founding executive lead of Google’s Campus Tel Aviv. Yossi has years of experience as a computer scientist, entrepreneur and executive. He has been on the Computer Science faculty at Tel Aviv University, and previously a Research Scientist at Bell Labs and visiting... Read More →
avatar for Paul Musser

Paul Musser

Senior Vice President, Humanitarian, Development and Donor Partnerships, MasterCard
Paul leads the team responsible for MasterCard’s humanitarian and development solutions.  His work focuses on creating and implementing innovative business models and technology solutions leveraging a shared value approach.  His clients and partners include UN agencies, international NGOs and funders.  Current examples of projects he and his colleagues are working on include the MasterCard Lab for Financial Inclusion in... Read More →


Tuesday March 21, 2017 9:30am - 10:45am
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

10:45am

Morning Breakout 1 – Improving Humanitarian Response through Intelligent Use of Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

More than a quarter of the world’s population—an estimated 2.3 billion people—are regular users of social media. Never before have so many people been able to access so much information, but the humanitarian sector has yet to fully understand the implications during humanitarian responses. To give one example, during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, information about how to prevent the spread of the disease was critical, but the effects and potential of social media were little understood by humanitarian responders. The humanitarian system needs a better understanding of how social media conversations are shaping the debates, decisions and actions of affected people. This session will discuss challenges and lessons learned from humanitarian uses of social media and propose the establishment of a channel for systematic exchange between the private and humanitarian sectors.



Moderators
avatar for Shara Tibken

Shara Tibken

Senior Reporter, CNET News
Shara Tibken is a senior reporter for CNET News, a technology publication owned by CBS. She focuses on Apple and Samsung out of San Francisco. Before CNET, Shara wrote for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal in New York. Last summer, Shara spent three weeks in Germany, Hungary and Serbia, reporting about technology’s impact on the global refugee crisis for CNET’s summer Road Trip package.

Speakers
avatar for Anahi Ayala

Anahi Ayala

Senior Director - Humanitarian Programs, Internews
Anahi Ayala Iacucci first joined Internews in 2010 and today she leads the Internews Humanitarian team as the Senior Director for Humanitarian Programs. Anahi plays a key role in developing Internews’ global Humanitarian program strategies; while also closely supporting teams in the field and managing Internews Emergency Response Program. | | Since 2006 Anahi has been consulting for NGOs and international organizations like UNOCHA and the... Read More →
avatar for Marian Casey-Maslen

Marian Casey-Maslen

Director, Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network
Mix of field and policy expertise in humanitarian action. On a mission for changing the sector and promoting community, local and national leadership in emergency response, supported by inclusive technology.
avatar for Molly Jackman

Molly Jackman

Public Policy Research Manager, Facebook
Molly Jackman is the Public Policy Research Manager at Facebook, where she is responsible for guiding the company's research agenda from a policy perspective. Her work includes prioritizing projects that will improve user experience, contribute to general knowledge, and provide insights that can lead to positive change in the world. Previously, she served as an Assistant Professor in political science at Vanderbilt University, and was a... Read More →
avatar for Erica Kochi

Erica Kochi

Co-Founder – UNICEF Innovation, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
I'm the co-Founder of UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, which identifies, prototypes and scales technologies and practices to benefit children around the world. Examples of my team’s work include RapidPRO - a messaging system that connects over 3 million young people across 34 countries to their government for change. Today, my focus is on building partnerships in technology growth areas that can deliver positive impacts across the world... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Sargi

Joseph Sargi

Communicating with Communities Associate, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Lebanon



Tuesday March 21, 2017 10:45am - 12:30pm
CL3 - Maxwell Tech Talk 1300 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

10:45am

Morning Breakout 2 – ETC2020 Partnerships: Ensuring Crisis Connectivity for Affected Communities
Limited Capacity filling up

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster's 2020 strategy envisions providing connectivity not just to humanitarians in emergency response but also to affected populations. This requires a major scale up of services to cater for possibly millions of people. What are the benefits of ensuring that affected people have access to phone and data networks in crisis? How can the private sector partner with host Governments and humanitarian organisations to quickly ensure that affected people have access to information and communication networks following a disaster? What could be the major challenges and risks to achieving this outcome, and what would be some mitigation strategies? What practical steps should be taken if an emergency were declared tomorrow? Sli.do will be used for audience engagement and interaction. Kindly download the app ahead of the session. The event code for this session is #ETC2020.


Moderators
avatar for Cameron Birge

Cameron Birge

Humanitarian Response Manager, Microsoft Philanthropies
Cameron Birge has recently joined Microsoft Philanthropies as their Humanitarian Response Manager, responsible for coordinating the company’s response to humanitarian disasters around the world. He previously spent ten years in the aid industry having served as an emergency program and logistics officer in the United Nations World Food Programme in South Sudan, Kenya, Pakistan, and Rome and as a project manager for United Nations Office for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brent Carbno

Brent Carbno

Program Director, Ericsson Response
Brent has more than 16 years of experience in the telecommunications technology field, and over 13 years of experience working in humanitarian emergencies.In his current role as Program Director for Ericsson Response, Brent is globally responsible for all of the operational aspects of the program, including managing the volunteers and humanitarian partnerships. Brent started with Ericsson in 2001 as a telecommunications engineer, and eventually... Read More →
avatar for Christian Hyde

Christian Hyde

Director, Hyde & Associates
Christian Hyde is a Canadian-trained lawyer based in Paris, France. In over 20 years of practice, he has specialized in regulatory and commercial issues in telecommunications law worldwide. Mr Hyde heads the firm of Hyde & Associates, with offices in Tallinn (Estonia) and Paris (France). The firm is a pioneer in addressing practical regulatory issues, with unparalleled experience in field work in challenging jurisdictions. The firm today... Read More →
avatar for Alan Kuresevic

Alan Kuresevic

Vice President, Engineering, SES Techcom
Alan Kurešević received BSc degree in Computer Science, Telecommunication and Information Technology from University of Zagreb, Croatia. After a short university carrier, in 1994 Alan joined Astra (today SES) and today holds position of Vice President, Engineering at SES TechCom. He was leading a number of projects and technology development that provided foundation for company’s new service developments. Since 2011 Alan is, among other... Read More →
avatar for Isaac Kwamy

Isaac Kwamy

Director, Global Programs, Humanitarian Disaster Management, NetHope
Isaac is presently the Global Programs Director of Humanitarian Operations and Disaster Management for NetHope. Isaac leads NetHope’s Global Humanitarian Operations Programs including Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery efforts, Crisis Informatics, Access to Information as Aid and Humanitarian Digital Financial Services (Cash programing). This includes providing leadership, oversight and execution of NetHope’s Humanitarian... Read More →
avatar for Meg Sattler

Meg Sattler

Innovations Specialist, Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network
Meg Sattler is Innovations Specialist, Communication and Community Engagement with the CDAC Network. Prior to this she was Global Advisor for Community Engagement with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, United Nations WFP, and a Communication with Communities expert with RedR Australia. She is passionate about supporting affected communities to take leadership in aid efforts and to hold the international aid system to account. Meg has... Read More →
avatar for Jalal Shah

Jalal Shah

Global ETC Coordinator, World Food Programme (WFP)
With over 15 years of experience in information technology services during humanitarian emergencies, Jalal Shah is the Global Cluster Coordinator for the World Food Programme (WFP)-led Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). | | Based in Rome, Jalal heads the Global ETC Team, responsible for leading efforts to effectively coordinate provision of shared communications services in emergency operations. | | As Global Cluster... Read More →



Tuesday March 21, 2017 10:45am - 12:30pm
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

10:45am

Morning Breakout 3 – Digital Payments: Moving Together from Principles to Action
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Cash-based assistance is an increasingly significant part of emergency response, and it can be quicker, more efficient and more end-user friendly than traditional in-kind assistance. To get cash transfers to people affected by humanitarian emergencies more quickly and effectively, humanitarian actors need to work with and leverage the experiences of private sector partners and, in particular, draw from technological advances in the ICT sector. How can humanitarians access the best thinking on payments solutions, and how can tech and communications actors use their products and systems to reduce humanitarian suffering? In February 2016, USAID's Global Development Lab convened 24 humanitarian and financial inclusion partners to co-create the Barcelona Principles for Digital Payments in Humanitarian Response. In January 2017, 18 private sector companies and humanitarian organizations endorsed Principles on Public-Private Cooperation in Humanitarian Payments at the World Economic Forum. This session will explore how these principles are being put into practice and ask what more can we do to optimize collaborations and partnerships to serve affected people. We seek to leave this session with concrete and actionable ideas to improve humanitarian actors’ access to digital payments technology, and to ensure that the transfer of ideas, expertise and technology is optimized to serve people affected by crisis. Registration is required for this session and participation is capped at 35 people.

 


Moderators
avatar for Chrissy Martin

Chrissy Martin

Digital Finance Expert, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Chrissy Martin works at the U.S. Global Development Lab, where she scales the use of digital financial services to increase household resilience, especially through improved agricultural incomes, access to energy, and effective delivery of humanitarian assistance. By bringing together key experts in financial inclusion and humanitarian assistance, she drove the development of the Barcelona Principles, which provide guidance to ensure that digital... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Thea Anderson

Thea Anderson

Director, Financial Inclusion, Mercy Corps
Thea is Director for Financial Inclusion at Mercy Corps, a global development and humanitarian organization operating in over 40 countries. Thea is an accomplished expert in financial inclusion and digital financial services with a focus on fragile and conflict-affect environments. She focuses on financial inclusion, digital finance, payments, financial identity, and finance for displaced populations across the agency. She manages the... Read More →
avatar for Matt Bohan

Matt Bohan

Senior Program Officer – Financial Services for the Poor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Matt Bohan is a Senior Program Officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the Financial Services for the Poor team. In this role he: Works with partners and grantees on technical and business model enablement of mobile/digital payments, financial services interoperability, scaling and ecosystem development; and Managed the design, requirements documentation and build of the Leveloneproject.org demonstration platform. Mr... Read More →
avatar for Sam Kansara

Sam Kansara

Product Manager - Google Wallet, Google
Sam Kansara is the product manager for Google Wallet, Google’s person-to-person payments platform tasked with the mission of making sending money between users a truly frictionless experience. In his role, Sam is responsible for defining the product vision and roadmap for Wallet, including identifying new use cases where Wallet can serve a valuable and genuine user need. Prior to joining Google, Sam worked as a management consultant in the... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Span

Barbara Span

Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Western Union
Alumna, Northwestern University; Harvard Business School Strategic Program on Microfinance. Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Western Union. Responsible for policy, regulatory and consumer issues/advocacy including migration, financial inclusion, humanitarian, economic development, underbanked/underserved consumers. Key role in Western Union initiatives that focus on diaspora-driven development and job creation, financial literacy and... Read More →



Tuesday March 21, 2017 10:45am - 12:30pm
CL5 - Altoona Curve 1500 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 93403

12:30pm

Lunch + Start-Up and Emerging Technology Exhibition
Boxed lunches will be served in CL2 Micro Kitchen. During lunch, be sure to visit the Start-Up and Emerging Technology Exhibition booths to learn more about new technologies that can be deployed in humanitarian emergencies. Don’t forget to cast your vote for the most interesting or innovative technology demonstration, as the top vote recipients will be invited to make a presentation during tomorrow morning’s plenary. Lunch is provided courtesy of SAP.

Tuesday March 21, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
CL2 - Micro Kitchen 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94043

1:30pm

Afternoon Breakout 1 – Increasing Access to and Use of Digital Identification
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Following a crisis, it is vital that affected people can securely and consistently identify themselves in order to access services and restore livelihoods. However, in many humanitarian emergencies, affected people lose access to critical identification documents, or they never had official identification to begin with. Lack of identification can make it exponentially more difficult to access emergency aid services. What is needed to increase the access to and use of digital identification? How can we scale existing solutions and avoid wasteful duplication and lost data from one-off projects? How do we work with Governments to strike a balance between meeting this urgent need and respecting national legislation? Panellists on this session will present a number of visions for how technology can be used to ensure that people affected by crisis have reliable and secure identification over the long term. We hope to leave this session with concrete commitments to leverage and scale existing solutions, standardize our approaches, and put the security and convenience of the beneficiary at the heart of our efforts.


Moderators
avatar for Isaac Kwamy

Isaac Kwamy

Director, Global Programs, Humanitarian Disaster Management, NetHope
Isaac is presently the Global Programs Director of Humanitarian Operations and Disaster Management for NetHope. Isaac leads NetHope’s Global Humanitarian Operations Programs including Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery efforts, Crisis Informatics, Access to Information as Aid and Humanitarian Digital Financial Services (Cash programing). This includes providing leadership, oversight and execution of NetHope’s Humanitarian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alpha Bah

Alpha Bah

Chief – Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and IT Emergency Coordination, World Food Programme (WFP)
Alpha Bah is the Chief of IT Emergency Preparedness and Response and Global ETC Branch at the World Food Programme (WFP). He oversees the coordination and provision of live-saving ICT emergency services to support WFP’s operations and that of the humanitarian response community through the work of the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster (ETC) that WFP leads. The ETC is a global network of organizations that work together to provide shared... Read More →
avatar for Dakota Gruener

Dakota Gruener

Executive Director, ID2020
Dakota Gruener is the Executive Director of ID2020, a public-private partnership working to ensure that everyone on the planet has access to a digital identity. As Executive Director, she leads overall strategy, builds critical partnerships with public and private-sector stakeholders, and continually focuses the organization on reaching the "last girl." Dakota comes to ID2020 from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where she served as an aide-de-camp... Read More →
avatar for Paul Musser

Paul Musser

Senior Vice President, Humanitarian, Development and Donor Partnerships, MasterCard
Paul leads the team responsible for MasterCard’s humanitarian and development solutions.  His work focuses on creating and implementing innovative business models and technology solutions leveraging a shared value approach.  His clients and partners include UN agencies, international NGOs and funders.  Current examples of projects he and his colleagues are working on include the MasterCard Lab for Financial Inclusion in... Read More →
avatar for Kyla Reid

Kyla Reid

Head of Digital Identity and Disaster Response, GSM Association (GSMA)
As Head of the GSMA Digital Identity Programme, Kyla is responsible for working with mobile operators, governments and NGOs to identify the opportunities, barriers, and value of mobile as a scalable and trusted platform for enabling digital identity. Kyla has been with the GSMA since 2012 and has played a key role in the inception and leadership of new programmes within Mobile for Development, including Mobile Health and Disaster Response. Most... Read More →


Tuesday March 21, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
CL3 - Maxwell Tech Talk 1300 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

1:30pm

Afternoon Breakout 2 – After the Emergency: Sustaining Connectivity for Affected People
Limited Capacity filling up

Humanitarian organizations and ICT partners increasingly focus on ensuring that affected people and communities have access to voice and data connectivity during a crisis. But this raises an important question: what happens when the emergency ends and the humanitarian organizations go home? Do the benefits of delivering temporary broadband connectivity outweigh the costs of distorting local markets? Can crisis connectivity be an opportunity to improve local infrastructure, or are humanitarians inevitably going to conflict with Governments and local private sector actors? This interactive panel discussion will focus on bridging the humanitarian/development divide and suggest best practices for connectivity that can be sustained after an emergency.


Moderators
avatar for Jack Deasy

Jack Deasy

Vice President, Government Solutions, O3b Networks
Jack Deasy is Vice President, Government Sales for O3b Networks and is responsible for O3b’s U.S. and global government sales activities. Mr. Deasy previously led business development activities for public safety/disaster response and aeronautical and UAV programs at Inmarsat, and worked at the FCC as both an International Bureau Manager and Latin American Telecommunications Specialist. Prior to his work at the FCC, Mr. Deasy held several posts... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brum Cerzosimo

Brum Cerzosimo

Senior Director Global Accounts, UltiSat Inc.
Mr. Cerzosimo is the Senior Director of Global Account for UltiSat’s Humanitarian and NGO Business Segment. He joined UltiSat over five years ago and is responsible for the overall management of key anchor accounts such as UNHCR, UNICEF, and others. Mr. Cerzosimo is a multilingual veteran in the SATCOM industry with several years of international experience working with various United Nations organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs... Read More →
avatar for Gilles Hoffmann

Gilles Hoffmann

Emergency.lu Coordinator, Government of Luxembourg
Born in 1980, Gilles studied telecommunication electronics and worked for a telecom provider in Luxembourg for ten years. | | Gilles joined the Luxembourg Civil Protection Humanitarian Intervention team as a volunteer in 2007 and was deployed for the first emergency.lu mission to South Sudan in 2012. | | Since then, he deployed to several mission in support of the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster; amongst others to the Philippines for the... Read More →
avatar for Hani Shannak

Hani Shannak

Chief, ICTD Operations, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
With over twenty years of experience working in international, multi-cultural environments, Hani Shannak is a proven results-driven leader whose strong vision has led teams to achieve cross-functional business objectives. As Chief of ICT Operations in UNICEF Headquarters New York, he is responsible for the overall global management and strategic planning for the ICT infrastructure, Data Centers, and Global Customer Support Center. With his... Read More →


Tuesday March 21, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

1:30pm

Afternoon Breakout 3 – Climbing the Tower of Babel: Eliminating the Language Barrier in Crisis Response
Limited Capacity seats available

Aliens have arrived and no one knows what they want or how to work with them. Call in the linguist! That may have been the premise of the recent Hollywood blockbuster Arrival, but it is not dissimilar to the situation that humanitarians and affected people often face: a language barrier reducing communications and affecting the overall effectiveness of the response. In this session, we will explore the problem and exciting new technologies in voice, machine learning, accessibility to information and community engagement to improve true communications. We will ask and try to answer the following: How do we listen to all voices in a crisis, regardless of language? Should we be focused on communications and content from affected communities, not the other way around? Is our content actually understood by people who need it? Is translation enough, and does it matter? Registration is required for this session and participation is capped at 35 people.


Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Petras

Rebecca Petras

Deputy Director, Translators without Borders
The 'participation revolution' in humanitarian response requires a re-think on how we communicate, and, more specifically, in what languages. If we are truly letting go and allowing affected populations to lead response in the way that makes sense for them, then we need to consider simple yet critical factors: Are we listening to voices that are in languages we don't understand? Are we sure our messages are comprehended and appropriate? Are we... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ed Bice

Ed Bice

Chief Executive Officer, Meedan
people should talk to me about: | 1. verification tools | 2. incentives for translators | 3. mobile translation | 4. egypt | 5. sustainable models for social tech | 6. meedan
avatar for Robert Munro

Robert Munro

Humanitarian and Technology experience includes: working in post-conflict development in Liberia and Sierra Leone for UNHCR; researching health communications in Malawi; software development supporting endangered languages; running crowdsourced translation following disasters in Haiti, Pakistan and MENA; hosting aerial image analysis for FEMA following Hurricane Sandy; completing a Stanford PhD focused on AI for low resource languages; tracking... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Pitman

Jeff Pitman

Lead of Product Engineering, Google Translate, Google
Jeff Pitman joined Google in 2005 and currently leads the Google Translate product engineering team. His team is responsible for showcasing Google's state of the art in translation technologies through Search, Chrome, Web, and our native Android and iOS apps. His teams have integrated realtime video translation (formally known as Wordlens), neural machine translation, handwriting recognition, community data curation, speech recognition and... Read More →
avatar for Diane Wagner

Diane Wagner

Director, Language Solutions, Microsoft
Access to information in a language an individual understands is a human right. At Microsoft, we’re working on automated language solutions - machine translation and speech recognition - that support many scenarios, including humanitarian relief. 


Tuesday March 21, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
CL5 - Altoona Curve 1500 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 93403

3:15pm

Networking Break + Start-Up and Emerging Technology Exhibition
This is your last opportunity to vote for the most interesting or innovative technology you see on display, so please be sure to visit each booth and cast your vote! Coffee and light pastries will be served courtesy of SAP.

Tuesday March 21, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
CL2 - Micro Kitchen 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94043

4:15pm

Day One Summary and Next Steps
Session leaders from each breakout will present five-minute summaries of the key findings and next steps from their sessions. 

Moderators
avatar for Kareem Elbayar

Kareem Elbayar

Technology Partnerships Adviser, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Kareem Elbayar is Technology Partnerships Adviser in the Office of the Director of Corporate Programmes at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), where he supports efforts to foster partnerships and innovation between humanitarian agencies and technology companies. | | Kareem comes to OCHA from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), where he served for almost four years as a... Read More →

Tuesday March 21, 2017 4:15pm - 4:45pm
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

4:45pm

Afternoon Keynote – The Power of Strategic Partnerships: Scaling Humanitarian ICT Solutions
Nearly ten years ago, Ushahidi became the initial model for data collection, visualization and interactive mapping for the humanitarian sector. Thanks to a unique partnership and early-stage investment by the Cisco Foundation, Ushahidi has been able to scale its platform globally and continue to innovate in the sector. In an open conversation, Ushahidi and Cisco will look back at how humanitarian ICT solutions have evolved in the past decade, consider current gaps, and suggest ways to scale humanitairan ICT solutions in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Charu Adesnik

Charu Adesnik

Deputy Director, Cisco Foundation
As Deputy Director of the Cisco Foundation, Charu Adesnik helps steward Cisco’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) vision of accelerating global problem solving to positively impact people, society and the planet in a connected world.  Cisco’s strategy focuses on supporting non-profit organizations by investing in early stage, technology based solutions that can be replicated to multiple geographies globally, scaled to reach... Read More →
avatar for Daudi Were

Daudi Were

Chief Executive Officer, Ushahidi
Daudi Khamadi Were is the Executive Director at Ushahidi (www.ushahidi.com) a global technology company whose mission is to change the way information flows in the world. Founded in Nairobi, Kenya in 2008, the Ushahidi Platform has grown to be the world-class tool for crisis and humanitarian response, election engagement, service delivery monitoring, human rights monitoring and many more. Were sits on the UNDP Innovation Facility Advisory... Read More →


Tuesday March 21, 2017 4:45pm - 5:15pm
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

6:30pm

Opening Dinner and Reception
Limited Capacity filling up

Enjoy drinks and a Mexican dinner at the last remaining Adobe brick building from the original Santa Clara Mission built in 1777, and see a live demonstration of the latest in mobile communications technology supporting humanitarian services. The Opening Dinner and Reception is made possible by a generous contribution from SES. Registration is required for this event and participation is capped at 175 people.


Moderators
avatar for Pat Lanthier

Pat Lanthier

Founder and Principal, Rivera/Lanthier and Associates
Pat is Founder/Principal of RIVERA/LANTHIER & Associates, a Silicon Valley technology and policy firm formed in 1997. He also serves as Founder/Chairman of the Emergency Communications Leadership and Innovation Center at Carnegie Mellon University – Silicon Valley, Lead Advisor to US Pacific Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Multinational Communications Interoperability Program, Chair of the International Emergency... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Figueira

Silvia Figueira

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and Director, Frugal Innovation Hub, Santa Clara University
Silvia Figueira is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University. She is also the director of the SCU Frugal Innovation Hub, in which she leads the Mobile Lab and advises students working on mobile applications for under-served communities and emerging markets. She has published over 60 papers and has established several collaborations with both companies in Silicon Valley and social entrepreneurs in the United States... Read More →
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Allen Hammond

Director of the Law and Public Policy Program and the Broadband Institute of California, Santa Clara University
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Nicole Robinson

Corporate Vice President, Government Market Solutions, SES
Nicole Robinson serves as the Corporate Vice President of Government Market Solutions with global satellite operator SES. In this position, she is responsible for the development of new products, go-to-market strategies and new business opportunities with global governments and institutions. Following two terms as Vice Chair, Ms. Robinson served in the elected position of Chair of the Hosted Payload Alliance, has held Board level positions for... Read More →


Tuesday March 21, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Adobe Lodge at Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real, Building 108, Santa Clara, CA 95053
 
Wednesday, March 22
 

8:30am

Registration + Coffee and Pastries
If you missed the first day or lost your badge, please visit the registration desk to receive your welcome package and identification badge. You must display your badge at all times when on the Google campus. Coffee and pastries will be served courtesy of Ultisat.

Wednesday March 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
CL2 - Micro Kitchen 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94043

9:00am

Day One Recap and Day Two Outlook
Start the morning with highlights from the first day’s sessions.

Moderators
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Daniel Couture

Chief Information Officer, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Daniel Couture assumed the position of UNICEF CIO on 29 July 2015. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the CIO for Zoetis, a global animal health company spun off from Pfizer in 2013. In this capacity, Daniel successfully built the Information Technology function to enable Zoetis to operate as a standalone company following its IPO, and delivered global systems to leverage processes and information across all business areas. Prior to... Read More →

Wednesday March 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:15am
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

9:15am

Morning Keynote – The Future of Corporate Social Responsibility

What will collaboration between humanitarians and the private sector look like in 2020 and beyond? Join founding members of #ImpactCloud—an alliance of cloud-technology companies working with humanitarian organizations—in an interactive discussion focusing on new-generation CSR and the business case for private sector engagement with humanitarians. The panel will also explore case studies of technology improving humanitarian operations and empowering affected people in the field today and in the future.


Moderators
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Frank Schott

Vice President, Global Programs, NetHope
Frank Schott joined NetHope in 2005, and served as Managing Director of Global Programs for 11 years. In 2016, he took on the role of Vice President of Global Programs, where he oversees Field Programs. During his time with NetHope, Frank has worked closely with member agencies, corporate partners and NetHope staff to design, develop and deliver ICT related programs which are shared by the humanitarian sector. | | Prior to joining NetHope... Read More →

Speakers
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Rob Acker

Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce.org
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Bryan Breckenridge

Executive Director, Box.org, Box
Bryan Breckenridge is Executive Director of Box.org, Box’s philanthropic social enterprise. In his role, Bryan leads the company’s efforts to enable nonprofits to innovate and reach their mission. Prior to Box, Bryan founded the nonprofit-facing pillar of LinkedIn for Good supporting nonprofits’ successful use of LinkedIn. Previously, Bryan was Director of Nonprofits and Education at Salesforce.org, which leverages Salesforce.com’s... Read More →
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Corey Marshall

Director, Splunk4Good, Splunk
Corey Marshall is the director of Splunk4Good, the corporate social impact program for Splunk, where he leads the company’s efforts in employee service and engagement, community giving and social impact initiatives. Splunk4Good partners with organizations at the local, state and federal levels to leverage data in support of initiatives such as disaster response and open government, including the recently announced $100 million Splunk Pledge... Read More →
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Meghan Nesbit

Director, Nonprofits, Twilio.org
Meghan Nesbit is the Director of Nonprofit Market Development at Twilio.org, working with mission-driven organizations to increase their impact through communications technology. Meghan's background spans nonprofits, corporate philanthropy, and tech start-ups with repeated success applying market-driven solutions to bring more robust technology to the global nonprofit sector. Meghan's most important education has come from her colleagues... Read More →
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Steve Schwartz

Social Impact Marketing Manager, Tableau Software
Steve Schwartz is the marketing manager for Tableau Software’s social impact efforts, including the Tableau Foundation’s efforts to encourage the use of facts and analytical reasoning to help solve the world’s problems. As Tableau Foundation’s partners develop new ways of doing good with data, Steve and the social impact team help share what we are learning with the world.Steve is also a cofounder of Upaya Social Ventures... Read More →


Wednesday March 22, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

10:30am

Start-Up and Emerging Technology Shark Tank
The top vote recipients from yesterday’s Start-Up and Emerging Technology Exhibition will present their products to the plenary and receive feedback from the members of the #ImpactCloud alliance.

Moderators
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Frank Schott

Vice President, Global Programs, NetHope
Frank Schott joined NetHope in 2005, and served as Managing Director of Global Programs for 11 years. In 2016, he took on the role of Vice President of Global Programs, where he oversees Field Programs. During his time with NetHope, Frank has worked closely with member agencies, corporate partners and NetHope staff to design, develop and deliver ICT related programs which are shared by the humanitarian sector. | | Prior to joining NetHope... Read More →

Speakers
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Bryan Breckenridge

Executive Director, Box.org, Box
Bryan Breckenridge is Executive Director of Box.org, Box’s philanthropic social enterprise. In his role, Bryan leads the company’s efforts to enable nonprofits to innovate and reach their mission. Prior to Box, Bryan founded the nonprofit-facing pillar of LinkedIn for Good supporting nonprofits’ successful use of LinkedIn. Previously, Bryan was Director of Nonprofits and Education at Salesforce.org, which leverages Salesforce.com’s... Read More →
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Corey Marshall

Director, Splunk4Good, Splunk
Corey Marshall is the director of Splunk4Good, the corporate social impact program for Splunk, where he leads the company’s efforts in employee service and engagement, community giving and social impact initiatives. Splunk4Good partners with organizations at the local, state and federal levels to leverage data in support of initiatives such as disaster response and open government, including the recently announced $100 million Splunk Pledge... Read More →
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Meghan Nesbit

Director, Nonprofits, Twilio.org
Meghan Nesbit is the Director of Nonprofit Market Development at Twilio.org, working with mission-driven organizations to increase their impact through communications technology. Meghan's background spans nonprofits, corporate philanthropy, and tech start-ups with repeated success applying market-driven solutions to bring more robust technology to the global nonprofit sector. Meghan's most important education has come from her colleagues... Read More →
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Steve Schwartz

Social Impact Marketing Manager, Tableau Software
Steve Schwartz is the marketing manager for Tableau Software’s social impact efforts, including the Tableau Foundation’s efforts to encourage the use of facts and analytical reasoning to help solve the world’s problems. As Tableau Foundation’s partners develop new ways of doing good with data, Steve and the social impact team help share what we are learning with the world.Steve is also a cofounder of Upaya Social Ventures... Read More →


Wednesday March 22, 2017 10:30am - 10:45am
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

10:45am

Morning Breakout 1 – Mobile Phones as a Platform for Aid: Bridging the Gender Gap and the Digital Divide
Limited Capacity seats available

The spread of mobile phones is enabling people to reach out to each other across previously impenetrable divides. Humanitarian organizations are therefore increasingly leveraging mobile technology to provide information to, and receive feedback from, affected people. However, often the people most at risk, such as women and children, are the least likely to have access to mobile technology. A recent Harvard Humanitarian Initiative study among Syrian refugees showed that women have significantly less access to mobile phones as compared to men and reduced access is correlated with a higher probability of depression. How can humanitarians and the private sector work together in addressing this gender gap and digital divide?

 


Moderators
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Heba Aly

Director, IRIN News
Heba runs www.irinnews.org, a leading source of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises around the world. A multimedia journalist by training, Heba spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before moving into management. Her work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News and IRIN, among others, took her to places like Syria... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben Donahue

Senior Business Development Manager, Souktel Digital Solutions
Ben Donahue manages Souktel’s client outreach and program design for projects across Africa and the Middle East. Before joining Souktel, he served as a Business Development Manager at Chemonics, the largest implementer of USAID funded projects worldwide. With a focus on the food security and governance sectors, Ben has provided program management and proposal development for USG Feed the Future efforts in Uganda, stabilization in Somalia, and... Read More →
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Andrew Harper

Head – UNHCR Innovation, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Prior to becoming the Head of the Innovation Service in UNHCR in September last year, Andrew was responsible for leading and coordinating the international response to the Syrian Crisis in Jordan. Some of the main achievements included responding to, at the time, the largest refugee crisis in the world, the establishment of the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps, introducing biometric registration and the world’s largest biometric based refugee... Read More →
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Kyla Reid

Head of Digital Identity and Disaster Response, GSM Association (GSMA)
As Head of the GSMA Digital Identity Programme, Kyla is responsible for working with mobile operators, governments and NGOs to identify the opportunities, barriers, and value of mobile as a scalable and trusted platform for enabling digital identity. Kyla has been with the GSMA since 2012 and has played a key role in the inception and leadership of new programmes within Mobile for Development, including Mobile Health and Disaster Response. Most... Read More →
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June Sugiyama

Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation
Leading the Foundation’s technology for social impact strategy, June created the Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project, a competition seeking the best wireless technology solutions to address critical social issues around the world; it’s identified innovations in digital health monitoring, diagnosis, data collection, financial literacy, and economic development. June enjoys the challenge of creating alignment between... Read More →


Wednesday March 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:30pm
CL3 - Maxwell Tech Talk 1300 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

10:45am

Morning Breakout 2 – Collecting and Analysing Data to Improve Humanitarian Response
Limited Capacity full
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Humanitarian organizations are under increasing pressure to collect community feedback and other data points to continuously improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and relevance of humanitarian programmes. How can humanitarian organizations partner with ICT companies to collect and analyse data in a timely and efficient fashion?

Moderators
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Simone Ross

Co-Founder, Techonomy Media
Simone oversees the organization and programming for the Techonomy (techonomy.com) conferences. Techonomy conferences and editorial focus on the intersection of tech and the economy, and the role of tech as a driver for social and economic productivity and progress. | At FORTUNE Simone was responsible for magazine’s conference group programming efforts for events that include the FORTUNE Global Forum, FORTUNE 500 Forum, Most Powerful Women... Read More →

Speakers
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Linus Bengtsson

Executive Director, Flowminder
Flowminder Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Stockholm, Geneva and Southampton. Flowminder's mission is to improve public health and welfare in low- and middle-income countries. We work with governments, inter-governmental organizations and NGOs and collect, aggregate, integrate and analyze anonymous mobile operator data, satellite and household survey data. Our analyses enable them to map the distributions and characteristics of... Read More →
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Dale Kunce

Global Lead – ICT and Analytics, American Red Cross
Dale Kunce leads the international ICT and Analytics teams at the American Red Cross where he is responsible for the adoption and creation of open source software, open data standards, and open data to inform the international work of the Red Cross. Dale is a geospatial engineer and urban planner with more than ten years of experience working directly with communities throughout the world. He and his team support programs and projects for... Read More →
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Josh Musick

Principal Design Director, frog
Josh Musick is a veteran experience designer and hands-on creative lead with deep expertise with complex design systems, experience strategy and product design. He works as a Principal Design Director at frog and faculty member at the MFA Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
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Nicholas van Praag

Director, Ground Truth Solutions
Nick van Praag directs Ground Truth Solutions, an organization he founded in 2012 to help humanitarian actors systematically listen and respond to the people aid agencies set out to help. | | Ground Truth Solutions is now working with a range of partners in some 15 countries, from Syrian theatre and the Philippines to Nepal and Haiti. It was recently commissioned by the OECD Secretariat to provide affected people’s views on the... Read More →
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Erik Schlegel

Senior Engineer, Microsoft
Mr. Schlegel is a senior engineer at Microsoft, and based in the Austin area. He's an open source enthusiast and one of the earlier contributors to the react native Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Erik leads the engineering effort of Project Fortis, an open source early warning humanitarian surveillance insight platform built through machine learning technologies.
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Adele Waugaman

Senior Advisor – Digital Health, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Adele Waugaman is Senior Advisor, Digital Health, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). An affiliated expert and former fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she is also a frequent commentator on technology and development trends, having appeared in news outlets including the BBC, Financial Times, New York Times, National Public Radio, and Wall Street Journal. Previously she was founder and managing director of... Read More →



Wednesday March 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:30pm
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

10:45am

Morning Breakout 3 – Towards Common Humanitarian Standards for the Use of ICTs
Limited Capacity seats available

In a modern humanitarian response, success often depends on the use and deployment of ICTs. However, while the humanitarian community has general protection principles and standards, there is currently no comprehensive guidance on the use of ICTs and the information they generate. ICT solutions in emergency settings require ethical standards so that they can be truly deployed in a humanitarian way. How can humanitarians and the private sector work together in agreeing on common humanitarian standards for the use of ICTs in emergencies, and what should these be? Registration is required for this session and participation is capped at 35 people. This session will be conducted under Chatham House rules.


Moderators
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Daniel Scarnecchia

Researcher at Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Daniel Scarnecchia is a Researcher at HHI’s Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, focusing on data governance, standards, and ethics in the Humanitarian sector.  Prior to joining HHI, he was a management consultant with a practice in the governance of sensitive data and the integration of new technologies the life sciences, the use of real world evidence for drug safety studies, and building multi-stakeholder distributed... Read More →

Speakers
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Joseph Guay

Associate, The Policy Lab
Joseph Guay is an independent consultant who has developed innovation strategies for the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI), World Vision’s Nepal Innovation Lab (NLab), the Global Protection Cluster at UNHCR, and the inter-agency Response Innovation Lab (RIL) drawing from Strategic and Evidence-based Design, Local Strategies Research, and systems thinking. Joe has helped developed information management solutions for human... Read More →
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Christine Knudsen

Executive Director, Sphere
Christine Knudsen joined Sphere as the Director in November 2014, bringing with her nearly 20 years of experience balanced between UN and NGO assignments, field response and policy development, focusing on operational collaboration.  As the chief of UNICEF’s humanitarian partnerships in Geneva, she worked on improving frameworks for working with UNHCR, ICRC, NGOs, and within the IASC.  During her tenure with OCHA, she developed... Read More →


Wednesday March 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:30pm
CL5 - Altoona Curve 1500 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 93403

12:30pm

Lunch + Sponsors Exhibition

Boxed lunches will be served in CL2 Micro Kitchen. During lunch, be sure to visit the Sponsors Exhibition booths to learn about the emergency ICT applications they are now deploying. 


Wednesday March 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
CL2 - Micro Kitchen 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94043

1:30pm

Afternoon Breakout 1 – Establishing and Expanding Digital Payment Infrastructure
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we reach people in contexts where digital infrastructure is lacking? How can we transpose solutions developed in northern California to northern Cameroon? How can we ensure that where we engage we are leaving a permanent legacy of greater connectedness and financial inclusion? Perhaps the best way to increase the use of digital distribution of cash assistance today is through the expansion of existing payment infrastructure to countries that lack such infrastructure. Digital payment networks, such as those that support wire transfers and credit card transactions, do not exist in many countries affected by humanitarian crises. In other countries, fees for such transactions are prohibitively expensive. How do we operate in contexts where infrastructure is lacking, and can humanitarian and ICT partners incentivize the establishment of new payment networks and the expansion of existing networks? We will hear from panellists working in some of the most challenging contexts on earth, both those using technology to substitute for digital infrastructure where it does not exist, and those seeking to use their interventions to strengthen digital infrastructure over the long term. We seek to leave this session with a clearer picture of how to flex tools and technologies to address limited-infrastructure contexts, and what we can do to ensure our engagement incentivizes the strengthening of digital infrastructure to serve the world’s poorest and most remote communities.


Moderators
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Greg Puley

Senior Advisor, Coordination and Response Division, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Greg Puley is Senior Advisor in the Coordination and Response Division of UN OCHA, where he supervises a team that supports the delivery of more effective humanitarian action in the field. In 2016 Greg led an inter-agency team supporting the Secretary General's Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate, Mrs. Mary Robinson and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, producing a global 'Blueprint for Action' to prevent El Niño episodes from becoming... Read More →

Speakers
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Lily Frey

Electronic Cash Transfer Officer, Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN)
Lily supports the Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN), which seeks to improve the effectiveness and impact of humanitarian cash transfer programs through the appropriate use of payments technology. Lily has led work on assessing mobile money partnership choices, developing basic data protection tips for field staff, and strengthening procurement processes for electronic transfers. Prior to her work with the ELAN and Mercy... Read More →
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Gregory Matthews

Deputy Director of Economic Programs for Cash Initiatives, International Rescue Committee
Gregory Matthews is the Deputy Director of Economic Programs for Cash Initiatives. Greg is a food security and nutrition specialist with over ten years of experience in humanitarian response and coordination. He currently oversees the IRC’s cash transfer programming and emergency market analysis efforts, including the field-level support for cash transfer programs as well as cash-related policy, advocacy and research efforts. Greg leads... Read More →
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Beth Porter

Policy Advisor, Financial Inclusion and Better Than Cash Alliance, United Nations Capital Development Fund
Beth has over two decades of experience in financial inclusion throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.  At UNCDF she provides policy guidance on financial inclusion, particularly to advance responsible finance and promote financial access of women and youth.  She also supports the transition of payments from cash to electronic as an advisor to the Better Than Cash Alliance.  Beth is on boards of the SMART Campaign, International... Read More →
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Satwik Seshasai

Chief Technology Officer, Segovia
Satwik is founding Chief Technology Officer of Segovia, where he has led development of a payment technology platform for NGOs to scale cash transfer programs globally in partnership with major donors (USAID, DFID, ECHO, BMGF) and every major mobile network operator in sub-Saharan Africa. He previously built and deployed technology systems in global enterprise and entrepreneurial environments at IBM and NextDocs, among others. He holds a PhD in... Read More →


Wednesday March 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
CL3 - Maxwell Tech Talk 1300 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

1:30pm

Afternoon Breakout 2 – Operationalizing the Humanitarian and Crisis Connectivity Charters
Limited Capacity filling up

The satellite industry’s Crisis Connectivity Charter and the mobile industry’s Humanitarian Connectivity Charter are sets of commitments from private sector signatories to enhance connectivity in times of crisis, facilitating communications between and across all those responding to humanitarian emergencies, including affected communities. What does it take to consolidate the industry around specific and predictable deliverables to support humanitarians in their operations, and how can these industry-led charters be activated?


Moderators
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Alpha Bah

Chief – Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and IT Emergency Coordination, World Food Programme (WFP)
Alpha Bah is the Chief of IT Emergency Preparedness and Response and Global ETC Branch at the World Food Programme (WFP). He oversees the coordination and provision of live-saving ICT emergency services to support WFP’s operations and that of the humanitarian response community through the work of the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster (ETC) that WFP leads. The ETC is a global network of organizations that work together to provide shared... Read More →

Speakers
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Simon Gray

Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs, Eutelsat
Simon Gray is the Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs for Eutelsat and he is also a member of the ITU Advisory board for developing disaster comms strategy world-wide. He has been elected by the other 8 satellite fleet operators to coordinate the Satellite charter with the UN for the satellite industry. Simon has been elected a Director of the GVF, for over 6 years. He has worked in the satellite industry for over 20 years and while at... Read More →
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David Hartshorn

Secretary General, Global VSAT Forum
David Hartshorn has more than 25 years of experience in the satellite communications industry. He serves as Secretary General of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), the non-profit international association of the satellite communications industry. GVF includes organisations from every major region and from throughout the industry value chain. Mr. Hartshorn leads the organization as it facilitates the provision of satellite communications throughout... Read More →
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Mark Hawkins

Global Field Technology Manager, Save the Children
After 15 years at sea in the Royal Naval Submarine Service as a technician, and then in the merchant navy commanding small sailing vessels and survey ships, Mark entered the humanitarian sector in 1999 where he joined Merlin. He was responsible for running all of Merlin’s IT and communications until Merlin was taken over by Save the Children in 2013/4. He joined the SCI IT team in 2014 to fill a new role as a field technology specialist... Read More →
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Olly Parsons

Market Engagement Manager, Disaster Response, GSM Association (GSMA)
Olly joined GSMA in August 2013 and is currently the Market Engagement Manager for the Disaster Response programme. Olly’s role includes the strengthening of relationships with mobile network operators across priority regions in order to identify strategic opportunities to provide support and drive adoption for Humanitarian Connectivity Charter principles and activities. The ultimate aim of this work is to build MNO capacity to support... Read More →
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Hani Shannak

Chief, ICTD Operations, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
With over twenty years of experience working in international, multi-cultural environments, Hani Shannak is a proven results-driven leader whose strong vision has led teams to achieve cross-functional business objectives. As Chief of ICT Operations in UNICEF Headquarters New York, he is responsible for the overall global management and strategic planning for the ICT infrastructure, Data Centers, and Global Customer Support Center. With his... Read More →



Wednesday March 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

1:30pm

Afternoon Breakout 3 – Increasing Data Literacy through the Humanitarian Data Fellows Programme
Limited Capacity full
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More and more data is being collected in humanitarian operations, but is it being used effectively? Early warning, trends analysis, beneficiary feedback and other important opportunities to improve humanitarian operations may be missed because humanitarian organizations lack data-analysis capacity. This interactive, small-group workshop will support the establishment of the Humanitarian Data Fellows Programme being launched through the Centre for Humanitarian Data in The Hague later this year. Academic and technology sector partners will work together with humanitarian organizations to consider the requirements and design of this programme to increase data literacy for humanitarian organizations. Registration is required for this session and participation is capped at 35 people.



Moderators
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Amanda Noonan

Strategy Director – frogImpact, frog
Passionate about data, systems and social impact, Amanda is excited to bring her experience as a researcher and implementer across the global humanitarian and development worlds to frog.At frog Amanda is the lead for frog’s global social impact design practice frogImpact where she works with social innovators to design human-centered solutions, systems, and strategies that address the needs and aspirations of people living in underserved... Read More →
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Sarah Telford

Program Lead – Centre for Humanitarian Data, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Sarah Telford is Chief of Data Services at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. She oversees a global open data platform, the Humanitarian Data Exchange, and is the lead for establishing a new Centre for Humanitarian Data in the Netherlands in early 2017. Sarah has been with OCHA for 10 years working to improve access and use of data and information in crisis settings. Prior to joining OCHA, Sarah worked for... Read More →


Wednesday March 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
CL5 - Altoona Curve 1500 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 93403

3:15pm

Networking Break + Sponsors Exhibition
Enjoy coffee and pastries while you network with your colleagues.

Wednesday March 22, 2017 3:15pm - 3:45pm
CL2 - Micro Kitchen 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94043

3:45pm

Closing Keynote 1 – Adventures in Humanitarian Technology
From crisis mapping to robotics, by way of big data, digital humanitarianism, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Patrick Meier takes us on a personal journey marked with setbacks, failures, surprises, and the occasional albeit accidental success. As we reach the present day, we consider the rise of intelligent and autonomous systems: how we chose to respond to this emerging technology will speak volumes about how far we've come (or not) since the early days of humanitarian technology. Are we empowering affected people with appropriate robotics solutions? Are we taking advantage of data generated by robotics? Are we doing enough to safeguard the privacy of affected peoples? Are we engaging appropriately with local communities when introducing robotics solutions? The answers to these questions will provide us with a honest report card on whether we're passing or failing our latest test as humanitarians.

Speakers
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Patrick Meier

Executive Director, WeRobotics
Dr. Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized expert on Humanitarian Technology. Over the past 15 years, Patrick has worked on a wide range of innovative humanitarian initiatives in the Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, India, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Morocco, Western Sahara, Haiti, Peru and Vanuatu with multiple organizations including the United Nations, Red Cross and World Bank. He is the Executive... Read More →


Wednesday March 22, 2017 3:45pm - 4:15pm
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

4:15pm

Closing Keynote 2 – Bringing Connectivity to Refugee and Displaced Persons Camps
In our last keynote of the conference, executives from UNHCR, Google, and O3b Networks will present an innovative new partnership to bring connectivity to refugees in one camp in Chad. We will hear what the partners hope to accomplish and how their work can inform efforts to ensure that everyone is connected in the humanitarian response of the future.

Speakers
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Jack Deasy

Vice President, Government Solutions, O3b Networks
Jack Deasy is Vice President, Government Sales for O3b Networks and is responsible for O3b’s U.S. and global government sales activities. Mr. Deasy previously led business development activities for public safety/disaster response and aeronautical and UAV programs at Inmarsat, and worked at the FCC as both an International Bureau Manager and Latin American Telecommunications Specialist. Prior to his work at the FCC, Mr. Deasy held several posts... Read More →
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Andrew Harper

Head – UNHCR Innovation, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Prior to becoming the Head of the Innovation Service in UNHCR in September last year, Andrew was responsible for leading and coordinating the international response to the Syrian Crisis in Jordan. Some of the main achievements included responding to, at the time, the largest refugee crisis in the world, the establishment of the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps, introducing biometric registration and the world’s largest biometric based refugee... Read More →
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Milo Medin

Vice President - Access Services, Google
Milo Medin has been part of the Internet development community for more than 25 years. He is currently the vice president of access services at Google, where he oversees a number of projects to improve access to the Internet.  | | Prior to joining Google in 2010, he was founder and CTO of M2Z Networks, a company that sought to deploy a national broadband wireless network system, and before then he was co-founder and the Chief Technology... Read More →


Wednesday March 22, 2017 4:15pm - 4:45pm
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303

4:45pm

Closing Remarks and Next Steps

In this final session, we hear summaries of today’s sessions and discuss next steps following the conclusion of the 2017 Humanitarian ICT Forum.


Speakers
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Gwi-Yeop Son

Director of Corporate Programmes, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Gwi-Yeop Son began her career in Haiti, assisting HIV/AIDS patients with the non-governmental organization Death and Dying Institute. She then worked with the Country Women’s Association of Nigeria, focusing on microfinance schemes, before becoming Assistant to the Managing Director of Lehman Brothers.In 1994, Ms. Son was posted to Somalia as a Programme Officer with the United Nations (UN) Development Programme (UNDP), marking the beginning of... Read More →


Wednesday March 22, 2017 4:45pm - 5:15pm
CL2 - Crane Beach Tech Talk 1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303