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Web 2.0 Summit 08: Jesse Robbins (O'Reilly Radar), High Order Bit

Web 2.0 Summit 08: Jesse Robbins (O'Reilly Radar), High Order Bit

  • Jesse Robbins is a firefighter and EMT and a CEO of a tech startup.
  • Web 2.0 tools are transforming humanitarian aid.
  • We can now make a difference and improve our product.
  • Problems are hard. When we are faced with them we are faced with inexperience and being excited or knowledgeable and scared.
  • The geek community says that it can save everyone with technology.
  • The emergency management community responds that it will never work and that the geeks will kill everyone.
  • Sometimes, it is the exact reverse.
  • This makes innovation a challenge.
  • There is a way: Adhoc innovation.
  • When a disaster happens, a champion must push her cause in the community.
Jesse explain how he acted as this champion during Katrina. The I90 bridge which was destroyed was still shown to exist in Googlemaps as it is not real time. Red cross did not get this.
Mikel Maron a Google Maps expert worked with Yahoo and Google to update the maps and have better maps for everyone.
  • The anti pattern is that when a disaster occurs and an adhoc adaptation is needed, if there is no champion then there is no iterative improvement.
  • The search for missing people is not a repeatable process. Many false positives during such searches are misleading.
  • The Internet SAR is championing this cause and hopes to learn from these mistakes
  • There are many disasters and many non-profits are desperately seeking solutions.
  • These are the same issues as the enterprise and need Web 2.0 technologies.
  • Find such non-profits where you can use your skills.
  • Try to assess their needs.
  • Serve those who serve others.

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