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Break Out: #help: How new services support communities in crisis – HumTechLab @ Delft University of Technology

February 21, 2019, 18:30 - 19:30

In the last 10 years 2 billion people were affected by 3751 natural hazards, according the International Federation of the Red Cross. With the increase in extreme weather events, and the increase in population, the damages and number of fatalities are expected to increase even further.

At the same time, more and more people have acces to mobile devices, social media and online services. These developments allow people to connect with each other, deliver emergency relief items, and even support rescue operations: AirBnB has been used to find shelter after hurricanes, Uber provides rides to evacuation centers, and Facebook provides a ‘Safety check’ after disasters.

Today, supporting communities in staying safe before, during, and after disasters is not only reserved for government agencies or specialized teams. Private organizations and companies play an important role in creating safe and resilient communities. In this interactive session we’ll explore the trends that have led to these chances and examine opportunities for organizations to contribute to resilient communities.

The Humanitarian Technology (or “HumTech”) Lab at TU Delft brings together students, researchers, and faculty members who contribute their expertise to design, develop, implement, and evaluate new technologies for humanitarian aid. Through this initiative, we aim to bring technology-driven, evidence-based solutions to humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations. As a cross-faculty initiative at the Delft University of Technology, we are using our academic knowledge, engineering competences, and field experiences to improve preparedness for and response to natural and complex disasters.

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Date:
February 21, 2019
Time:
18:30 - 19:30
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