Final Draft - Sloan Presentation


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Final draft of a presentation to be given to Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on September 8, 2010 by CrisisCommons, CrisisCamp Co-Founders Heather Blanchard, Noel Dickover and Andrew Turner.

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Final Draft - Sloan Presentation

  1. 1. Sloan Seminar **DRAFT** Harnessing Volunteer Technology Communities to Build Capacity in Crisis Response and Global Development September 8, 2010 Presented by Heather Blanchard Noel Dickover Andrew Turner
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  3. 3. CrisisCommons • Convener of communities across competition and organizational challenges • Leverages collaborative systems, open environments • Translates needs from CROs to the VTCs and the public • Provides technical assistance and opportunity for creative problem solving Diversified Global Network • Catalyst for a new knowledge base based on captured lessons learned • Leverages partnerships and networks
  4. 4. From Idea to Community Evolution of an Idea Catalyst for Partnerships • January 2009 - Transparency Camp • June - First Ignite Session at the World Bank; Interest in Building Capacity • March 2009 - Gov 2.0 Camp • August - USAID Afghanistan Election • June 2009 - CrisisCamp DC Monitoring • Participants: MIT Media Labs, GWU, • September - Google, Yahoo and Google,Yahoo, Microsoft, UN Microsoft form informal partnership Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, Apps called Random Hacks of Kindness for Democracy, Homeland Security, DoD, World Bank, Development Seed, • October - CrisisCamp Philadelphia GeoCommons, Open Street Map, Sahana, Ushahidi, CrisisMappers • November - Random Hacks of Kindness hosts first Hackathon
  5. 5. 2000 2005 2009 Rise of Mobile 109.5M 207.9M 285.M (US Figures, CTIA) 38% 69% 91% (SMS Not Recorded) (81 Billion SMS) (1.56 Trillion SMS) Tools Communities Hurricane Ike Haiti Earthquake Cyclone Nargis Chile Earthquake Mumbai Attacks Events 9/11 FL Hurricanes Indian OceanTsunami Oil Spill Pakistan Floods Kenyan Elections Katrina VA Tech Shooting Iranian Election Protests Volunteer Technology Communities 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
  6. 6. CrisisCamp Haiti Columbia • Call to action; global footprint • Low barrier to entry; replicable United Kingdom • Recognized by CROs and VTCs • 50 events, 10 countries • 1,500+ highly skilled volunteers Canada • Focus on mapping, missing persons, language and search France
  7. 7. Highlights Innovation - Problem Solving - Mapping • Tradui Mobile Translation App • Long Distance Wi-Fi • Open Street Map
  8. 8. Sloan Investment • Convening of the First International CrisisCongress • Convening of Stakeholder Roundtables • Expert Engagement • Development and Validation of the Problem Definition
  9. 9. CrisisCamp Feedback
  10. 10. What We Learned • Pervasive competition within all stakeholder groups • Vendor based technology relationships • Inadequate technology infrastructure and digital literacy • Lack of formal coordination role • Need for long term relationships, and project management • Little understanding of technology ecosystem; tools
  11. 11. What is Needed? • Objective technical assistance, support for creative problem solving • Long term support for CrisisCamp and VTCs, including project management • Amplification of grassroots innovation, collaborative systems • Translation of needs; development of lessons learned and research-based approaches • Stewardship of the new knowledge base, translate into research opportunities • Formal partnerships and resources • Legal protection; Security and Privacy
  12. 12. Potential Competition Key Competition Capability: One to Many Requirement CrisisCrowd
  13. 13. Our Role We Leverage Expertise, Communities and Resources VTCs CROs CrisisCommons The Public Affiliated Affiliated Responder Un-Affiliated Response Response Connectivity to Resources Spontaneous Effort Source of Affiliated Requirements New Efforts Leverage Under Utilized; Unknown Resources Unknown Resources Research Based Approach; Recognized Knowledge Base Academia Private Sector Under-Leveraged Resources
  14. 14. What We Propose Community Projects Lab Council Fellows Connecting and Leveraging the Ecosystem to Build Capacity Through a Commons-Based Approach
  15. 15. Research Based Approach • Multi-disciplinary research agenda Behavior • Research gaps, crisis analysis Mapping Data • International technical standards, best Language practices, standards of care • Open tools and data sets Incubator • New knowledge base; unique insights Lab
  16. 16. Timing is Right • CROs have asked for our help • New acceptance of collaborative tools • Growing VTC communities, Crisis Crowd • Public has capability, desire to assist • Capability to matrix private sector, academia resources
  17. 17. Path Ahead for 2011 • Transform good will to formal relationships • Facilitate needs from stakeholders to inform development of CrisisCommons • Facilitate research agenda • Continue support of CrisisCamp • Report on the continuing evolution of the ecosystem