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Check-In and Welcome Reception
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at the Check-In and Welcome Reception starting at 7pm on Monday evening, 11 May.

Room Location:
The Loft, 1st Floor of the Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT

Registration Opens
May 12 @ 8:00 am

Registration Opens, 3rd Floor Executive Foyer

Opening Plenary Presentations
May 12 @ 8:45 am – 10:10 am


RICHARD SERINO, Former Deputy Administrator of FEMA
Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard University School of Public Health

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Humanitarian Innovation
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

“Creating the Environment for Humanitarian Innovation”
Keynote Talk by Tarun Sarwal, Head of the Innovation Initiative at the ICRC

USAID: Development Innovation And You
Special Session Moderated by USAID

May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch break – lunch on your own

Civilian-Military Coordination During Humanitarian Disasters (Special Panel Session)
May 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

United States and international militaries, while not considered first responders for most humanitarian assistance efforts, are called upon to assist the humanitarian sector in responding to major sudden onset disasters when there is an acknowledged gap between the disaster needs that the relief community is being asked to satisfy and the resources available to meet them. While coordination between humanitarian and military actors has improved over the past decade, there is still a need for more effective coordination and collaboration to provide more efficacious responses. This panel will explore strategies, concepts, education/training programs, or organizational changes that militaries should consider to improve the civilian-military humanitarian responses.

Moderator: DAVID POLATTY, Professor
U.S. Naval War College

MICHAEL MARX, Senior Civil-Military Coordination Advisor
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN/OCHA)

MICHAEL LAPPI, Director of Field Operations
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

BRITTANY CARD, Program Coordinator
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Registration Opens
May 13 @ 8:00 am

Registration Opens, 3rd Floor Executive Foyer

Opening Presentations: Disaster Relief Operations
May 13 @ 8:30 am – 9:05 am

“Team Rubicon Technology Overview”
Stephen Hunt
Chief Information Officer
Team Rubicon

“Human Agent Collaborations (HACs): The Future Force Multiplier“
David Jones
Chief Executive Officer
Rescue Global

Plenary Presentation: Humanitarians in the Sky: UAV Response to Nepal Earthquake
May 13 @ 9:05 am – 9:45 am

PATRICK MEIER, Director of Social Innovation
Qatar Computing Research Institute

Keynote Presentations: Technology for the Billions
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

JAKE KENDALL, Senior Program Officer
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

MIT Media Lab

Keynote Presentations: Geospatial Global Reach
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 11:40 am

ANDRE KEARNS, Senior Director, US Government Product Management

JOHN CLARK, Skybox Partner Development

RHONDA JACOBS, Program Manager
Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Invited Lecture: Solar Energy Research: Past, Present and Future
May 13 @ 11:40 am – 12:00 pm

National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch break – lunch on your own

Afternoon Session
May 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

Safy Nurhussein, Geographic Information Specialist
Office of Transition Initiatives
U.S. Agency for International Development

MIGUEL GRANIER, Founder and Managing Director
Invested Development

Impact Investing in Humanitarian Technology (Special Panel Session)
May 13 @ 2:20 pm – 3:00 pm

The session will concentrate on explaining the roles and activities of the impact investor and the management of early stage humanitarian technology companies during and after an investment transaction. The panel, comprised of professionals from Impact Investment firms, will discuss:

  • the benefits of Impact Investing to HumTech companies;
  • the necessary requirements that HumTech companies must satisfy to become an attractive investment;
  • the due diligence that makes a successful investment transaction;
  • the ongoing post-close management/investor operating and reporting relationship.

The intent of the coverage areas is to give early stage HumTech company management a clear picture of the conditions that Impact Investors are looking for in early stage companies that make them attractive investments.

Moderator: Dr. Joseph Franceschi, iNGOvation, Inc.

Director of Investments,Investors’ Circle
Principal, PCC Funds

JANINE ELLIOTT, Venture Development Program Manager

CHRISTINA TAMER, Investment Analyst
Invested Development

Poster, Exhibit and Networking Session
May 13 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Exhibit Session Keynotes on Corporate Citizenship – IBM, Microsoft
May 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Exhibit Session Keynotes on Corporate Citizenship
Florence Luscomb Ballroom

4:00 pm “No Easy Answers: Supporting Humanitarian Efforts During Ebola and Beyond”
Rebecca E. Curzon, Senior Program Manager
IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs

4:30 pm “Mobilizing Information Technology needs for Ebola and Nepal“

Lewis Curtis
Director, Microsoft Services Disaster Response
World Wide Public Sector Services

The Human Element: Screening and Meet The Filmmakers
May 13 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

The people of the mountains of Thailand are filled with joy, pride, beauty…and pain. Well-meaning American experts try to fix planting and water problems, but are humbled and transformed by working alongside their Thai partners. Come discover the human element through this exciting, honest, professionally produced 45-minute short documentary. Editor and producer Jocelyn Motter applies her experience on Discovery Channel series and major motion picture trailers, Alex Moseson brings a decade of humanitarian engineering experience to bear, and Eric Teti lends his award-winning cinematography. Watch the film, and engage the filmmakers in candid Q&A.

Refreshments will be served, and the first 50 attendees will receive a gift from Thailand!

• Jocelyn Motter, Red Thread Post Production
• Alexander J. Moseson, Ph.D., Drexel University
• Eric Teti, Red Thread Post Production

Registration Opens
May 14 @ 8:00 am

Registration Opens, 3rd Floor Executive Foyer

Keynote Presentations
May 14 @ 8:30 am – 9:10 am

Morning Keynotes Florence

8:30 am “Delivering Protective Equipment for the Liberia Ebola Response”
Jarrod Goentzel
Founder and Director
MIT Humanitarian Response Lab

8:50 am “On the Nature of Information Management in Complex and Natural Disasters”
Tina Comes
Associate Professor
Centre for Integrated Emergency Management, University of Agder

Information Technology for Humanitarian Operations (Special Panel Session)
May 14 @ 9:10 am – 10:10 am

Information Technology for Humanitarian Operations (Special Panel Session)

JARROD GOENTZEL, Founder and Director
MIT Humanitarian Response Lab

JONATHAN JACKSON, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

MARTIJN BLANSJAAR, Head of Logistics and Supply, International Division
Oxfam Great Britain

KEITH CHIBAFA, Service Delivery Manager
World Vision International

Scaling Innovations to Change Lives (Special Panel Session)
May 14 @ 10:40 am – 11:40 am

Scaling Innovations to Change Lives

This panel will present the latest thinking and approaches to scaling complex social solutions and discuss the challenges,
opportunities and potential of digital technologies to achieve greater impact.
Moderator: Kyra Kaszynski
Client Relationship Executive
Deloitte Services Limited

Stephen Coller
Senior Manager
Monitor Deloitte

Jay Corless
Senior Director for Innovation
UN Foundation

Brooke Cutler
Deputy Director
Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action

Invited Talk: Bridging the Infrastructure Divide: Connecting mHealth to the Healthcare Continuum
May 14 @ 11:40 am – 12:00 pm

“Bridging the Infrastructure Divide: Connecting mHealth to the Healthcare Continuum”
Deborah Theobold
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Vecna Technologies and Vecna Cares

Lunch with Guest Speaker and Best paper and Poster Awards
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch – Sponsored by Resolution Solar in the Jerome C. Hunsaker Ballroom, 3rd Floor
– Best Paper and Best Poster Awards
– Featured Lunch Speaker: Bill Lawton, Chief Operating Officer at Resolution Solar

Bill Lawton is currently the COO of Resolution Solar, a Manhattan based solar
provider servicing Massachusetts. Bill volunteered as part of FEMA’s post-
Katrina security detail. There, Bill rebuilt impoverished areas devastated by
hurricane Katrina as the construction superintendent at Brad Pitt’s Make It Right
Foundation. During the tenure at Make It Right, Bill led rebuilding efforts with the
construction of more than 75 LEED platinum certified homes. Bill has more than
20 years experience in tactical business development, major fund raising for start up projects, contract review
and negotiations, logistics management, and process development.

Afternoon Invited Talks
May 14 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

1:30 pm in the Florence Luscomb Ballroom

“Expanding Competency-based Credentialing in Health Care: Digital Badges for Global Health Delivery”
Rebecca Weintraub
Assistant Professor in Medicine and Faculty Director, Global Health Delivery Project
Harvard University

1:30 pm in the Robert B. Taylor Ballroom

“Humanitarian Telemedicine. A Role For Technology And Space!”
Peter Hulsroj
European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)

Contributed Talks
May 14 @ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

C2. Public Safety and Emergency Management
F2. Open Track: Water, Energy, Agriculture, Policy, Security, Education, …

Closing Remarks
May 14 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm