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Make Humanitarian Response More Efficient

Cloud platform to make humanitarian coordination streamlined and take advantage of multi-source / formatted data.

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Two weeks ago, the Swiss Consulate in San Francisco hosted a series of workshops called "Everyone a Humanitarian." As part of that effort, a breakout session was hosted by Malcolm Johnstone, an information specialist who worked with UNHCR, just back from Iraq. He reported the need for one data platform that interfaces and analyzes data from many sources. Right now, data is collected and processed through Skype, google forms, and a call center taking upwards of 250 calls a day from all over the country. There has to be a better way. 

Explain your idea

We envision a platform that intakes information from all of these sources, scrubs it, and presents it in useful visualizations, increasing the efficiency of humanitarian response. While providing a feedback loop for efficiency of the system. (Aka are we delivering aid as quickly and efficiently as possible) We have the partners in Silicon Valley, NGOs, academia, and political powers. Right now, we need the funding to catalyze the project.

Who Benefits?

Aid workers, people fleeing from war, and anyone trying to understand humanitarian situations in order to respond quickly and in an informed manner.

How is your idea unique?

This is what building a bridge between Silicon Valley and the humanitarian world looks like. It's been a challenge for humanitarian organizations to deploy tech in the field. Frequently, it's ad hoc and borrowed from commercial products intended for a very different use.

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about you

We are motley crew of humanitarians, tech nerds, and product managers from around the world. We have association with Swissnex, Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, and UNHCR. Jessie Mooberry - Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford Peace Innovation Lab Malcolm Johnstone - Former UNHCR Information Manager | Erbil, Iraq Joseph Guay - Associate @ The Policy Lab // Lead Research and Design @ Response Innovation Lab

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Other


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