26 February - 1 March 2018


The Mobile Future of Humanitarian Crises

Tech in Society

Date & Time

Thursday, 01 Mar

11:30 - 12:30


Hall 4 Auditorium 5


As we entered 2017, we saw the number of displaced people in the world hit a record high; globally 65.6 million people were displaced as a result of humanitarian crises. Conflicts, epidemics, food insecurity and natural disasters; humanitarian crises are increasing in complexity, increasing in prevalence and increasing in severity. Mobile technology provides the innovation platform and outreach opportunity to transform community preparedness, real-time communication during and acceleration of relief response following these events. In this part of the programme we deep-dive into the changing nature of technology in humanitarian crises. We ask the difficult questions facing the industry as crowd-sourced and informal solutions emerge to bridge the gap between disasters and response; how can we encourage data sharing and management of digital identities and who holds the responsibility when technology doesn’t work?

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