Open Source for Humanitarian Tech Miniconf at Linux.conf.au 2015
Submitted on 2014-09-17 21:27
Linux.conf.au is pleased to announce that the Open Source for Humanitarian Tech Miniconf will be part of Linux.conf.au for the first time in Auckland, New Zealand during January 2015.
Technology is increasingly important in humanitarian response. Now responders are better connected to digital volunteers, more advanced tools such as unmanned-aerial vehicles give a better review of post disaster situations and great quantities of data can be collected and analyzed. Often these solutions are not expendable and are based on expensive proprietary solutions.
The Humanitarian Tech Miniconf will focus on two main audiences:
- Existing technologists who are interested in ways they can assist with technology in humanitarian response.
- Allowing existing projects and participants to share what they are working on and look for ways to integrate.
Technologists who work on UAVs, mesh networks, data collection platforms and content management will be invited to speak, and humanitarians to give a background in humanitarian response to those not familiar.
Kate Chapman is the Executive Director at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Her most recent work has been in Indonesia working on a pilot program over the past year analyzing the feasibility utilizing OpenStreetMap for collection of exposure data. This project has hosted a OpenStreetMap mapping competition, a month long event to map critical infrastructure in Jakarta and assisting community facilitators in moving from hand-drawn maps to digital maps. Previous to working at HOT Kate was involved in development of multiple web-GIS applications including GeoCommons and iMapData.
linux.conf.au is one of the foremost open source conferences in the world, and is considered the most prestigious in the Southern Hemisphere. The next conference, LCA2015, will be held on 12 - 16 January 2015 at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand.
Miniconfs are one day miniature conferences, within the main LCA2015 conference, which are targeted towards specific communities of interest and offer delegates an opportunity to network with other enthusiasts while immersing themselves in a specific topic or project.
LCA2015 miniconfs will be run on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of January 2015. Each miniconf's schedule is organised by the miniconf's organiser and will be published ahead of time, listing speakers and sessions for the day.
Linux.conf.au 2015Date: 12 - 16 January 2015
Venue: Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland, Grafton Road, Auckland.
City: Auckland, New Zealand