Program at a Glance

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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, …