19th May

10:00 - Technology in Humanitarian Organisations: Funding and Implementation Challenges

While technology is being used as a common solution to many problems, the implementation of new technologies in humanitarian organisations poses several challenges from a lack of funding to expensive technical expertise, which in turn does not encourage organisations to innovate. Therefore, we bring to you the question of technology in humanitarian organisations, what are the future best practices? How else can we support new technologies for better humanitarian innovation?

 

Speakers

  • Dr Lauren Rumble, UNICEF Principal Advisor, Gender, and Chief of Gender and Rights Section, Programme Division

  • Erik Arnold, Tech for Social Impact, Microsoft

  • Ann Rosenberg, Executive Sustainability Tech Advisor & Co-Founder, SDG Ambition

  • Bernhard Kowatsch, Head, UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator

  • Alice Piterova, AI for Good (moderator)

11:10 - Virtualisation of Humanitarian Operations - BY IEC TELECOM & INMARSAT

IEC Telecom                                        inmarsat

 

The effect of the pandemic expedited the spread of digitalisation across many industries. The humanitarian sector was among the first to acknowledge the need for change. With travel restrictions and local lockdowns, isolated teams in remote areas relied a lot on the resources of their headquarters. In this context, videoconferencing, previously regarded as a privilege, became a necessity. Satellite connectivity's role became central to the continuity of operations undertaken by the humanitarian sector.

Session Highlights:

  • Stay “always on”: hybrid solutions for mobile units
  • Ensure business continuity: reliable solutions for long-term deployment
  • Explore new horizons: videoconferencing, remote maintenance, telemedicine, and remote surveillance

 

Speakers:

  • Mr Steven Tompkins, Director of Market Development, Inmarsat

  • Mr Nabil Ben Soussia, CEO Asia, Middle East & CIS, IEC Telecom

  • Liz Hughes, Chief Executive, Map Action (Moderator)

13:00 - Transforming Humanitarian Aid Through Drone Technology

Drone technologies have implications for a variety of cases from disaster response to search and rescue. While there have been numerous projects which demonstrate their ability to deliver life-saving materials, international organisations are currently exploring and assessing the industrial capabilities and economic viability to use drones to reach previously unreachable populations. 

 

Speakers:

  • Lye Ogunsanya, CEO, Didean

  • Ms Nan Buzard, Head of Innovation, ICRC

  • Mr Patrick McKay, UAS Data Operations Manager, WFP

  • Anne Nderitu, COO & Co-Founder, Swift Lab Limited

  • Ms Sarah Pannell, Lead, Emerging Tech and Innovation Team, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (moderator)

14:10 - Enhancing Responses to Humanitarian Crises Through Blockchain

Blockchain is already proving to be a revolutionary technology. However, we should widely consider the ability of this technology to better support humanitarian organisations in their responses to crises. We will discuss the challenges to implementation along with an in depth discussion on the key benefits this technology can bring to the humanitarian sphere

Speakers:

  • Maria Marenco, Government Blockchain Association Sweden

  • Mr Ric Shreves, Director, Emerging Technology, Technology for Development, Mercy Corps

  • Mr Severiyos Aydin, Founder, AIDONIC

  • Ms Siddhi Trivedi, Founder, Beyond Identity

15:15 - Leaving No One Behind in Ed-Tech

A whole generation of students has been severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic. While schools globally have moved lessons online, it is important to note that this is not possible for all students, especially those in rural areas which do not have access to electricity, let alone the internet. Therefore, we need to further support the importance of leaving no one behind when supporting students in least economically developed countries. 

 

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Njorge, Member, WHF Tech For Good Programming Board & International ICT Operations Manager, Christian Aid (Moderator)

  • Twahir Hussein, Founder and CEO, Lamuka Hub

  • Maxwell Kayesi,  Ed-Tech Expert, iEARN-Kenya

  • Ms Elena Sinel, Founder, Teens in AI

  • Ms Jacqueline Strecker, Lead, Connected Education, UNHCR

  • Ms Angie Madara, Founder, Growd.Ai

20th May

10:00 - Fireside Chat: Accessibility and inclusion through technology

Improving accessibility through technology can increase the inclusion of disables or impaired individuals. However, we need to develop more solutions that can deliver in humanitarian contexts, keeping in mind the need to leave no one behind. 

Speakers:

  • Mr Yonah Welker, Expert Evaluator, European Commission

  • Mr Pete Horsley, Founder, Remarkable - Accelerating Disability Tech & Cerebral Palsy Alliance (moderator)

11:10 - Strengthening Post-Disaster Connectivity Through Increased Use of Mobile Technologies

Post-disaster connectivity is a key component of improving assistance for those affected natural events or conflict affected settings. For those arriving at refugee camps, the first question is often how to charge a phone or whether there is wi-fi, noting the importance of staying in contact with their loved ones. New solutions that improve connectivity in these settings are increasingly important with organisations working on apps that can act as single information points, enabling for better provision of humanitarian supplies to where it is needed. 

 

Speakers:

  • Mr Dagbjatur Brynjarsson, Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Nethope

  • Mr Ebengo Honore, Founder and CEO, African Initiative for Human Development

  • Melanie Kahl, Senior Leader, Design, Facilitation & Partnerships for Impact, Independent Practice

  • Ms Anne-Marie Grey, Executive Director, USA for UNHCR (moderator)

13:00 - Data Analytics For Social Purposes

Data science has grown exponentially over the last decade, while we aim to build back better, we should aim to solve complex problems and drive innovation, whilst keeping in mind the potential for the unethical use of data or other negative consequences. Accessing and analysing data can provide massive benefits, from assessing fossil fuel usage to identifying hotspots of street harassment. Mapping and informing are increasingly becoming essential data science techniques that can assist with our aim to build back better. 

 

Speakers:

  • Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis, Direct Relief

  • Ms Laura McGorman, Policy Lead, Data for Good, Facebook

  • Mr John Crowley, Director of Information Management and Crisis Informatics, Nethope

  • Jessica Fan, Principle Product Manager, QuantumBlack (moderator)

14:10 - Technological Impacts on Global Mental Health

While technology has had numerous positive impacts from analysing satellite imagery or improving communication in post-disaster settings, it is also having extreme mental health consequences on young people globally. COVID-19 has in many ways exacerbated problems caused in part by technology from isolation to depression and anxiety. 

Speakers:

  • Mr Stewart Jordan, Moshriki, WHO

  • Mr Sanjay Joshi, Talk it Over

  • Dr Lene Søvold, Clinical Psychologist and Mental Health Advisor

  • Pete Trainor, Chief Executive Office, Vala Health

  • Alice Piterova, Member of WHF Tech for Good Programming Board & Managing Director, AI for Good

15:15 - Impact Measurement For Tech4Good Initiatives

For all its potential, technologies that enhance well being and social purposes as a tool kit cannot address all issues on its own. Therefore, it is critical that we standardise methods to measure the impact of these initiatives to not only determine the effects such as alternative indicators of economic and social progress. Technology companies need to take responsibility for implementing these technologies in an ethical manner whilst keeping in mind a collective framework that can promote positive outcomes. 

 

Speakers:

  • Ms Jane Reisman, ORS Impact (moderator)

  • Mr Unmesh Sheth, Founder & President, SoPact

  • Mr Pedro Cortez, Impact Specialist, UNDP

  • Veronica Olazabal, Managing Director, Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance, Rockerfeller Foundation

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