The Dialogue in the News
These Cheap Sensors Could Help Stop Fires That Sweep Through Urban Slums | Fast Company, 02/26/16
Fighting fires is many times more difficult in slums, but this local early warning system—combined with trained locals—could help save lives.
The Tension Between Speed and Scale in Successful Social Innovations | ICTWorks, 02/19/16
To help illustrate the potential of Internet of Things in development, the Red Cross shares breakthroughs in five areas: process innovation, product viability, community value, new complexities related to data and policy, and business opportunity.
The Internet of Things for developing economies | CIO, 02/02/16
The Internet of Things is for more than just hard operational metrics, it can dramatically improve human welfare.
Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development | ITU and Cisco, 2016
This report explores the current use and potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in tackling global development challenges, highlighting a number of specific instances where IoT interventions are helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.
Design and the future of disaster relief | Woudhuysen Design, 01/16
It’s time to get as serious about designing and engineering after a disaster as before one. Here are some key technologies that still hold promise for disaster relief.
How to sustain and scale up fire sensor technologies in Kenya and South Africa? | South African SDI Alliance, 01/15/16
A multi-stakeholder discussion kicked off in early January in Nairobi, Kenya to deliberate on the lessons learnt from the fire sensor installation pilot project.
Fire Sensors workshop to minimize fires in slums | CBCC, 01/15/16
A Fire Sensors for Safer Urban Communities workshop was recently held at the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) premises in Nairobi to solve a recurrent problem in informal settlements: fire outbreaks.
How Fire Sensors are Making a Difference in Kenyan, South African Communities | American Red Cross, 10/22/15
Two communities in Nairobi and Cape Town are currently leading the installation and testing of low-cost, smart fire alarms, which can distinguish between smoke and fire, in thousands of homes
Humanitarian UAV Network, American Red Cross and UNICEF to Be Featured Speakers on Humanitarian Applications for UAVs Session at Drone World Expo | Business Wire, 10/13/15
Representatives will discuss the latest developments and explore partnership opportunities with the humanitarian community during a dynamic panel, scheduled for Tuesday, November 17.
Community mapping in Cape Town | Open Street Map, 09/15/15
Red Cross partners are piloting a project to solve this issue; a low-cost, meshed network of smart home sensors affixed to each home within the informal settlement. The American Red Cross GIS team recently set out to Khayelitsha to support the community in mapping the area for better program planning and decision making.
Unmanned Systems Bring Support and Communication When Disaster Strikes | CEA, 09/24/15
When disaster strikes or conflicts arise, damaged or missing infrastructure is often a major roadblock to deploying humanitarian assistance. Many organizations are now exploring the use of drones in relief efforts
Drones Can Be Used to Enforce Property Rights | TIME Ideas, 07/31/15
In recent years, drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have become a revolutionary tool in the defense of property rights of disenfranchised people.
Drones: a force for good when flying in the face of disaster | The Guardian, 07/28/15
A recent symposium on drones in Washington discussed many uses of unmanned aircraft in humanitarian situations but highlighted the need for regulation.
From the American Civil War to Nepal 2015, the Movement’s tradition of innovation | Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre, 07/15/15
This month saw the release of The Red Cross and Red Crescent’s Principled Approach to Innovation – a detailed report that says the Movement can leverage innovation “to anticipate and prepare for future challenges”.
The Small Device We Take for Granted that Can Save Lives in Impoverished Areas | Huffington Post, 07/02/15
Do you know how many homes in the United States have smoke detectors? What about around the world? Can you imagine living in a home that didn't, and going to work in the morning with your child or pet in that house? This is the situation that many around the world face and Red Cross volunteers are working to correct.
11 Ways Wearable Technology Can Do Good in Disaster | Tech4Resilience Blog, 06/24/15
The American Red Cross has been actively connecting with entrepreneurs and other tech savvy groups developing software and hardware solutions that can support people’s future disaster-related needs. Here are 11 of their favorites.
Emerging Technologies and Emerging Needs For Urbanised Disaster Risk Reduction | Aid and International Development Forum, 04/07/15
There is an immediate need to increase the capacity for resilience in megacities to contain disasters and health risks that will, without due attention, cause exponential, catastrophic impact on people’s live across the world
A Vision for Humanitarian Uses of Emerging Technology for Emerging Needs | ICTWorks, 03/25/15
A Vision for the Humanitarian Use of Emerging Technology for Emerging Needs explains how the American Red Cross defined five key recommendations based on community-level requests and our humanitarian expertise.
Can Technology Strengthen Our Resilience? | ICRC, 03/04/2015
Abi Weaver of the American Red Cross gives her take on how technology affects the ability of individuals and communities to effectively prepare for emergencies, respond to increasing risks, and facilitate their recovery.
Our Home Fires Preparedness Campaign is expanding…to Kenya | American Red Cross, 02/24/15
In February, volunteers in Omaha walked door-to-door, helping families install and test smoke alarms as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. More than 8,400 miles away, Kenya Red Cross volunteers may soon be providing a similar lifesaving service in Nairobi’s slums.
Can Drones And 3-D Printers Save Lives? Emerging Technology Choices in Humanitarian Response | Huffington Post, 01/27/15
Emerging technologies with a tremendous potential to dramatically decrease loss of life in a disaster scenario are on the visible but still far horizon. How do we act today to enable the major leaps of the next decade that will save hundreds of thousands of lives?
Seven Aspirations for Better ICT4D in 2015 | ICTworks, 01/23/15
Technology Salon NYC had another banner year of great discussions. To cap it off and start the 2015 series of events, we had a unique Salon. We shared our hopes and fears for 2015, with three amazing lead discussants to guide the conversation, including Abi Weaver, Director of the Global Technology Program at the American Red Cross.
Designing Future Solutions, Listening to the Most Important Stakeholder | UNOCHA, 01/10/15
With an eye on the threats and opportunities of the next decade, the Red Cross Red Crescent recently developed a multi-sector vision outlining how emerging technologies can address emerging humanitarian needs.
A high-tech future for Humanitarians one step closer after Red Cross Red Crescent summit in NL | Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre and Relief Web, 01/09/15
That future came a step closer this week after the second Red Cross Red Crescent global summit on emerging technologies at Nyenrode Business University outside Amsterdam, where delegates explored the most promising technical options identified at earlier regional consultations worldwide.
Technology for Resilience: The Future of Disaster Relief | Tech Soup Blog, 01/05/15
The Red Cross is holding global workshops that bring together tech and nonprofit communities to explore how new technologies can be adopted for disaster relief. The idea is to come up with real solutions and plans that the Red Cross will actually be able to use in urban communities.
Producing Actionable Information: Proceedings from the 2014 Understanding Risk Forum | World Bank, 2014
In an effort to explore how technology can help meet emerging humanitarian needs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent is looking beyond the question of how humanitarian organizations themselves can adopt and adapt new technologies for their work.
Hey Google: Forget Smart Cars, Think Smart Matatus for Kenya | ICTworks, 12/19/14
Incorporating the best of Google cars and fleet management technology, smart matatus could revolutionize everyday transport and urban disaster resilience across African cities.
How Social Innovators Budget and Maximize Impact | Huffington Post, 12/16/14
When working to achieve social impact, you need to know how to innovate on a dime. Funding is often extremely limited, and waiting on fundraising to propel a promising idea can mean never getting started. Under this challenging context, social innovators are turning to a new methodology -- rapid prototyping.
Exploring Community Resilience in Ireland | Tech4Resilience Blog, 11/14/14
Is there a place where innovation, tradition and the enabling energy of the global Red Cross network intersect to reduce disaster-related stress on people and families, and build their resilience while using the best technologies the world has to offer?
Technology for Resilience: The Humanitarian Application of Emerging Technologies in Disaster Management | COBACORE, 11/06/14
The COBACORE project recently informed an expert workshop in Dublin on the 3rd November 2014, which explored how urban resilience can be further strengthened with the aid of promising technological solutions
Privacy by Design | Informilo, 11/04/14
Someday soon, the Red Cross may use drones to deliver humanitarian aid. But, as Abi Weaver, Director of the Global Technology Project at the American Red Cross says, before the Red Cross can start using technologies like drones, people have to trust that the data that is collected will not be abused.
Red Cross meetings focus on use of technology to reduce flooding risk | Irish Examiner, 11/03/14
Senior members of the International Red Cross will meet with Government officials, IT experts, and business leaders in Dublin as part of a project aimed at using emerging technology to reduce the risk to lives and property from predicted increased flooding due to climate change.
Innovation in Nairobi's Slums Yields Smart Matatus and Other Safety Conscious Solutions | Tech4Resilience Blog, 10/29/14
On October 23, the Red Cross gathered a group of creative thinkers in Nairobi for the fourth of a global series of technology salons. There were young entrepreneurs from technology start-ups, social innovators from community-based organizations, not-for-profit outfits introducing cutting edge technology into communities along with representatives from well-known global organizations and companies.
Urban Kenyans Help Red Cross and the Tech Sector Move from "What If?" to "What?" And "If..." | Tech4Resilience Blog, 10/22/14
Residents of an informal settlement, Mukuru Kayaba in Nairobi, Kenya, share what disasters, particularly home fires, look like in their neighborhood, and the obstacles we need to overcome together to alleviate suffering.
Robots and drones may help end flooding in cities | Irish Examiner, 10/16/14
Cork is among four cities worldwide chosen for a unique project set up by the International Red Cross to look at using emerging technology, including robots and drones, to ease flood risks.
Too much data, not enough sense? | TIDES, 10/15/14
In conjunction with improving the quality and relevance of data, we need to customize technology solutions for local needs.
Smart cars, and robots, drones and, oh my!?" | ALNAP, 10/02/14
For the first time in recent history, the Red Cross gathered local community members in Seoul, Republic of Korea to discuss how they felt about emerging technology and innovation when coping with disasters
"3-D Printing Tiny Drones for Resilience? A meeting on Emerging Tech asks, 'Why not?'" | GSMA, 07/16/14
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has launched a global series of events to brainstorm ‘How might emerging technology strengthen urban resilience?’.