Digital Humanitarian Network Summit 2013: Summary and Outcomes

Jan 13, 2014

The Digital Humanitarian Network Summit 2013 was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of members of the response community had gathered for International Conference of Crisis Mappers 2013, and DHN was an pertinent, actionable followup to a meeting of minds around crisis mapping and humanitarian response. The weekend focused on the following breakout sessions: Why do […]

Open Badges for Crisis Response

Jan 8, 2014

Just before the Dublin Hacks event, I found myself in London for Mozfest, the yearly conference for Mozilla. I was there to wander and schmooze, but then I met Jess Klein (now listed on our Who-Is page!). She was working on HackLabs in disaster areas, based on her experience during Hurricane Sandy. What would be […]

Self Care and the Humanitarian Response Worker

Dec 18, 2013

As the response community continues to manage the ongoing efforts in the Philippines, long-term stressors are coming to the fore as responders are faced with the pain of those in need. While we are not the affected populations that desperately need aid and resources, we are most definitely vulnerable to those same traumas that they […]

Stop Hacking without specing: a Top 10 needed (Crossposted via

Nov 15, 2013

NOTE: This is cross posted (with permission from Heather Leson).  The original post can be found here Stop Hacking without specing: a Top 10 needed Posted in community, crisis, CrisisCommons, CrisisMappers, Geeks without Bounds, Humanitarian,Mappers, open data By Heather On November 15, 2013   Here we are again. It is the day before a mass of hackathons occur around the world. It is exciting and […]

Colorado Flooding Resources

Sep 13, 2013

Official Response Humanity Road has this phenomenal, and comprehensive, list of official pages and resources for the Colorado Floods. (And they’re just great in general) Maps Google Crisis Map CrowdMap Community Response Ongoing community resources doc from local folk (before they were evacuated) (you can embed this in other places via this code: <iframe src=””></iframe> ) […]

The Open Humanitarian Initiative Code Sprint

Sep 4, 2013

Next week, from the 9th to the 13th of September, technologists and subject matter experts are going to get together each day at locations in Birmingham, England and Arlington, VA (near Washington, DC) to work on Open Humanitarian software. The Open Humanitarian Initiative is a technology incubator and accelerator that will enable the sharing of […]

Boston Review

Boston Review

Apr 26, 2013

So, I was at the lovely H4D2 conference, after the hackathon, hearing about tools people had built for response. One of my favorites was @SemanticFire. But I was peopled-out, and left dinner early. Connecting my phone to the wifi for one last twitter check before a book and bed, a deluge of texts and IMs […]

Data Anywhere for Disaster Response

Apr 12, 2013

In the last couple of decades, vast amounts of data have been collected about people, environments and situations. That data tends to exist in quarantined silos, aggregated only by organizations that spend large sums for that data and then keep the new aggregate in their own quarantined silos. This means that data is available for […]

Deployed Devices call

Mar 29, 2013

If you could put anything at all onto devices shipped into the field during disaster response, and they could stay through recovery, what would you put on them? What about a few million devices being shipped into developing areas? These are the questions we asked of ourselves and others in light of Microsoft’s Disaster response […]

Uchaguzi: Monitoring the 2013 Kenyan Election

Uchaguzi: Monitoring the 2013 Kenyan Election

Mar 4, 2013

Today is the Kenyan general election, and their first election since the new constitution was implemented. After the 2008 Kenyan election, violence erupted amid alleged charges of results manipulation. Ushahidi, a crowdsourced reporting platform, provided visualizations of violence and citizen reports during both the 2008 and 2010 elections. For the 2013 elections, Ushahidi has launched […]