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February 20, 2018 10:00am
U.S. Eastern Time


February 20, 2018 11:00am
U.S. Eastern Time

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NetHope's ICT4D Webinar Series

Digital Innovations for Humanitarian Response

Digital technology is a key enabler in effective and timely humanitarian aid.

View the webinar recording below that includes a Q&A session.

Resources featured in this webinar:

Digital technology is a key enabler in effective and timely humanitarian aid; it allows aid organizations to improve collaboration and communication and makes the emergency response more beneficiary-driven. ICT innovations give affected people a voice and a tool to self-organize.

This webinar, part of an ongoing series around ICT4D, will explore new ICT innovations to better reach and engage communities during and after disasters, conflicts or emergencies.

Expert speakers from diverse backgrounds will introduce new innovations, including digital housing platforms; give insights on how to determine which ICT technologies to prioritize in your response efforts; introduce user-friendly designs and sustainability; and describe what the tech industry has in store to support future humanitarian response.

Q&A & Panel Discussion:

  • What ICT innovations are expected to have the most impact on the effectiveness of humanitarian response now and in the next years?
  • How are digital innovations helping with key challenges during and after an emergency, including:
    • Access to digital networks during a crisis;
    • improving the communication and coordination between disaster response actors;
    • use of digital identification and ensuring data privacy during emergency response;
    • and eliminating the language barrier?
  • How to best connect emerging with existing technologies?
  • How can the humanitarian and ICT4D community better collaborate around research, innovation, and implementation to make crisis responses more effective, more efficient, and more responsive to the needs of affected people?
  • How can humanitarian organizations better partner with ICT companies to collect and analyze data in an efficient and timely way?


Pierreguillaume Wielezynski

Deputy CIO and Deputy-Director of IT
World Food Programme

Michael Waugh

Global Adviser Shelter and Settlement
Norwegian Refugee Council

Travis Heneveld

Director United Nations and International Accounts
Motorola Solutions


Sonja Ruetzel

ICT4D Conference Manager, GKIM
Catholic Relief Services

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