Delivering medicines in remote areas by means of small drones, mapping through aerial pictures the areas most severely affected by a natural disaster or assess the damages of health facilities in the aftermath of a typhoon such as the Haiyan one that hit the Philippines in 2013. These are examples of the use of drones and other technologies, not particularly sophisticated, that humanitarian organisations can exploit to better prepare the response to natural disasters or realises post-emergency and reconstruction projects.
Besides the fields in which drones can use such as the agriculture one, nowadays drones play an important role in mapping activities, damages assessment and facilitate the search and rescue operations (we have already talked more about it, have a look here). That’s why the response to humanitarian crises today can be eased and improved through technologies that allow data and information collection. Which are these technologies that can be already used without peculiar knowledge? Who are the actors of this digital revolution?
Patrick Meier giving a talk in Berlin during a Ted Conference
In order to have the answers, we are glad to offer a free webinar on the use of drones and other technologies for the humanitarian action given by Patrick Meier, internationally recognised expert and consultant for the United Nations, the World Bank and the Red Cross. A session to understand how everybody, volunteer or professional, today can collaborate with digital means to collect useful data and information aimed at helping people affected by humanitarian crises. The goal is to promote the access to technologies that not everybody can use today. There are areas around the world more prone to natural disasters where, as Patrick Meier says, “we have to democratise the access to robotics”.
Wednesday the 22nd February from 18.00 to 19.30
The webinar is free and held in English
What is a webinar?
A webinar is an interactive online session in which participants have the chance to interact with the speaker thanks to a web conference service.
What do you need?
A PC (mac, tablet..) and an internet connection. You will be able to join the live presentation, ask questions and enrich the discussion.