Collaboration, Innovation, and a Virtual Disaster Simulation

Martijn Graat
Martijn Graat

As I wrote in my post in May:

Whether it are natural disasters, such as earthquakes or extreme drought, or man made disasters like wars, they leave people in need of aid. Many times infrastructure is damaged, communications lines are destroyed, and the areas that need aid the most are the hardest to reach. Getting aid to where it needs to be, when it needs to be there is often a complex logistical operation.

That post covered AIDF’s Aid and Development Summit in Asia. The quote is just as valid for AIDF’s upcoming global event, the Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016, which will be held in Washington D.C. on September 7 and 8.  I’m proud to be a media partner of an event that discusses how to save more lives and improve aid delivery.

Looking at the agenda, and I look with a logistics eye obviously, I would recommend checking out the following sessions and presentations:

On September 7

  • Humanitarian Logistics – Panel: Building and Managing an Effective Team for Disaster Response, which will discuss how to effectively develop and manage disaster response teams
  • Data & Communication Technology – Panel: Improving Emergency Communications, which will discuss the latest trends in communications technology, social networks, and data sharing solutions
  • Humanitarian Logistics – Simulation: Disaster Response, which will be a virtual and live action role playing session to simulate post-disaster supply chains for key commodities. You can read more on this highlight of the day (if you ask me) here.
  • Application of AI & Robotics to Aid and Development Efforts Around the World

On September 8

  • Health Resilience – Panel: Innovations and Technologies to Support Health SDGs and Response, which will discuss the latest trends and innovations in global health initiatives and technologies and their practical implications for improving community health
  • Round Table Discussions and Workshops: Use of Technologies for Secure, Transparent and Efficient Disaster Response, Localisation: Sourcing, Innovation, Capacity Development, Post-Disaster Settlement Planning
  • Emergency Health Logistics – Panel: Addressing Operational Challenges of Emergency Health Response, which will be about emergency collaboration and communication, supplier management, and strategic partnerships
  • Presentation: Summarising Outcome from Disaster Response Simulation Session
  • Panel: Discussing Responses to Current Global Refugee Crisis

If you would like more information on this event, please have look at the event website here.



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