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ICCM13 - Internews organizing a full day about research and technology

The International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) is one of leading humanitarian technology event of the year, bringing together the most important humanitarian, human rights, development and media organizations with the world's best technology companies, software developers and academics. The theme for ICCM 2013: “Humanitarian Technology Innovation In and Out of Africa.” It will highlight humanitarian innovation and technology in and outside Africa to cross-fertilize lessons learned & best practices. Core themes of ICCM 2013 thus include national and regional crisis mapping & early warning projects; grassroots, people-centered mapping and development; communicating with disaster affected communities; crowdsourcing crisis information; big data analytics; social computing and information forensics; and next-generation humanitarian technology solutions.

Before the actual Conference ICC hosts normally a pre-conference event/training day. This year, ICCM Training Day will have 4 tracks: Mobile/Security, Maps, Data and Knowledge. Each will have sub-sessions and directed training. Participants can elect to join in one whole track or pick the individual sessions within the tracks. The purpose of this to give more hands on training and allow folks to learn/share in smaller groups. If you are interested in running a session, they will be 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes each.

The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning has been asked to organize and lead the Knowledge track. For this reason we are very proud to share with the schedule of that day even and invite everyone that in Nairobi to come!

                                                                                                                                                                                   

5th Annual INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of CRISIS MAPPERS - ICCM 2013

18-22 November 2013  - Nairobi, Kenya

Pre-conference Training - November 19th

Hosted by the iHub Research: Bishop Magua Center, Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya

Knowledge Track


Tickets still available for 50$:

Please see:  http://iccm2013-nairobikenya.eventbrite.com/

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Schedule

9:00 - 10:20 Panel - How do we evaluate Innovation?

Organizational innovation is not just about generating creative ideas. It is also about supporting ideas in order to identify those which are most likely to become successful innovations. Unfortunately, innovation comes at a price, and that price is the risk of that idea to be not that innovative and in fact not a good idea at all. While Innovation Units in NGOs and Development Organizations are proliferating, we are left with the hard task of figuring out how to evaluate an innovation, keeping in mind that failure is an important part of it. When we decide to try new methodologies, tools and technologies, we need to be able to evaluate those projects in order to understand where the potential lies and what the real impact of that innovation is. In this landscape, research can help us figure out useful frameworks that we can use to make sure we do understand if our projects are successful or not and where we have to invest our energies (and our money).

Moderator

Michaela Ledesma

Michaela Ledesma is a peacebuilding specialist with fourteen years of experience designing and supporting innovative, context-specific projects in conflict and post-conflict environments including Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Uganda. Her work has an increasing focus on technology and peace. Michaela currently coordinates Interpeace’s International Peacebuilding Advisory Team.

Speakers

Jennifer Chan (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative)

Jennifer is an associated faculty member of Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and core member of the Crisis Dynamics Program at HHI. Her recent activities have focused on crisis mapping and GIS activities at the field level. She also helps evaluate open source technology organizations such as Ushahidi, trains emerging practitioners in humanitarian technologies and researches the interface between humanitarian agencies and volunteer & technical communities. She has helped NGOs integrate mapping into program decision-making in Mozambique and El Salvador She is also the lead instructor of humanitarian technologies education at the Humanitarian Studies Course.  Her prior consultancy and research projects provided public health technical support to organizations such as Oxfam America, the American Red Cross, the United Nation Office of Coordination Affairs, and the International Rescue Committee. She recently served as deputy of operations for the HHI Love a Child Disaster Recovery Center field hospital in Haiti. She has completed professional degrees at Columbia University in the City of New York, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Tulane School of Public Health and Harvard University/Medical School.  She is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine in Chicago.

Sanjana Hattotuwa (ICT4Peace)

He is currently a Senior Researcher and Head of the Media Unit at the Centre for Policy Alternatives. He is a frequent commentator on journalism and new media in domestic and international fora. In addition to hosting a talk show on public television, Sanjana has lectured at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ), engaging journalists from state, private, alternative media on how to use web, Internet and mobile technologies to strengthen professional, independent and investigative journalism. Since 2006, Sanjana is a Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Through the Foundation, Sanjana works to further the use of ICTs in crisis information management and peacekeeping initiatives at the United Nations. As a Fellow of the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Sanjana has contributed to the evolution of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR, focussing on mobile telephony’s utility in ethno-political conflict transformation. Sanjana is the founding editor of Groundviews (www.groundviews.org), an award-winning web based civic media initiative that has won critical acclaim and recognition as one of the most vital websites for dissent in Sri Lanka, during and post-war. Sanjana is widely recognised as a vital voice in the design and implementation of ICTs and new media ecosystems in peacebuilding, online dispute resolution, conflict transformation and crisis response.

Hilda Moraa (iHub Research)

Ms. Hilda graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University and is currently undertaking her masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship by Research at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She was the first lady to win a huge award from mobile boot camp in 2 consecutive years in 2010/2011. In the past, Hilda has worked for global FMCGs beverage industry, Research firms as a consultant, Information Technology and ERP industries. She is a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certified and has worked as a network administrator at Strathmore University computer Labs. Hilda Moraa is an ambassador of African entrepreneurship. Her entrepreneurial passion and drive is ignited every day due to the failures and successes she faces in her daily work. In iHub Research, Hilda spearheads the in-house research study on ICT Hubs in Africa. She also formulates iHub Research’s capabilities, policies, processes and frameworks using the different projects as a basis. Her experience in market Research, management consulting, operations research in a fast-paced exposure environment has been invaluable in designing and management of research projects.

Tara Susman-Peña (Internews)

Tara Susman-Peña is Senior Research Officer for the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning. She is an anthropologist and is passionate about Human Centered Research and Design. Tara is the director of Internews’ Media Map Project, which began in 2010 as a two-year study examining the evidence for the impact of media on development; making global media data more open and interactive; and using both traditional and innovative research methods to understand how donors have impacted the development of the media in six countries over two decades. Media Map research was widely recognized as groundbreaking by the media development community, and Tara is leading its redesign and iteration.  Before joining Internews, she worked in Audience Insight and Research at NPR, where she managed the online listener panel and qualitative research initiatives. Prior to NPR, her years of commercial market research experience focused on branding, video ethnography, product and service development, and communication strategy in the media, technology, health, food, fashion, and automotive industries.  

10:20 - 10:30 Mini Talk

iHub Research (TBD)

10:30 - 11:00 Networking break

11:00 - 12:20 Workshop - Human Centered Design

Human Centered Design (HCD) is a problem-solving process that starts with and focuses on people. Based on the process that designers use, HCD incorporates a number of different methodologies, is widely applicable to a variety of problems, and is increasingly being used by international development actors and social innovators. Solutions can be products, services, organizations, relationships, and more. In the words of IDEO, one of the best-known pioneers of HCD, “The HCD process begins by examining the needs, dreams, and behaviors of the people we want to affect with our solutions. We seek to listen to and understand what they want.”  In this workshop, you will roll up your sleeves and learn how to use the design process to approach problems.

We’ll focus on:

  • User-centered design

  • Starting with empathy instead of solutions

  • Defining a nuanced problem  

  • Brainstorming

  • Prototyping (No drawing or building skills needed!)

  • Testing your prototype

Workshop Lead

Tara Susman-Peña (Internews)

Tara Susman-Peña is Senior Research Officer for the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning. She is an anthropologist and is passionate about Human Centered Research and Design. Tara is the director of Internews’ Media Map Project, which began in 2010 as a two-year study examining the evidence for the impact of media on development; making global media data more open and interactive; and using both traditional and innovative research methods to understand how donors have impacted the development of the media in six countries over two decades. Media Map research was widely recognized as groundbreaking by the media development community, and Tara is leading its redesign and iteration.  Before joining Internews, she worked in Audience Insight and Research at NPR, where she managed the online listener panel and qualitative research initiatives. Prior to NPR, her years of commercial market research experience focused on branding, video ethnography, product and service development, and communication strategy in the media, technology, health, food, fashion, and automotive industries.  

12:20 - 12:30 Mini Talk

Emmanuel Letouzé - PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley

Emmanuel Letouzé is an IPI Non-resident Adviser working in the areas of new technologies in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, as well as statebuilding and civilian capacities. He is a regular consultant for the UN and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and a PhD candidate in demography at UC Berkeley with interests in Big Data for development, fragile states and conflict, fiscal policy, and demography. He is currently serving as an advisor on Big Data and official statistics for the OECD-Paris21 initiative, and is the lead author of the 2013 OECD Fragile States Update on domestic resource mobilization. His recent assignments include lead author of a paper on Big Data for Conflict Prevention for a IPI-USIP-USAID project; lead author of the OECD 2012 Fragile States report; and author of UN Global Pulse’s white paper on "Big Data for Development: Opportunities & Challenges," where he worked as a senior development economist.

12:30 - 13:30  Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 Workshop - Human Centered Design (continued)

14:30 - 14:45 Break

14:45 - 15:50 Workshop - How to Use the 3Vs Framework for Crowdsourcing

Often, we find ourselves scratching our heads to see what went wrong after a deployment of technology. Perhaps the tech platform just wasn’t as widely used as originally thought? Or was there a cultural norm that we didn’t think of? As technology deployers and engaged researchers, it is important we think through the possible challenges of utilizing ICTs before launching tech-based projects. An example of a practical framework to help media, practitioners, and even governments is iHub Research’s 3Vs Crowdsourcing Framework to assess the viability/validity/verifiability of crowdsourcing. This participatory workshop will use the 3Vs Framework as a starting point to look into how research can and should be applied to practitioners’ day-to-day work. At the end of the workshop, all participants will be familiar with the components of the 3Vs Framework and will have identified other areas of their work where research can be integrated.

Workshop Leads

Angela Crandall - iHub Research Research Lead

Angela is keen on understanding the spread of information through ICTs, especially looking at use amongst disadvantaged communities in East Africa. In her current position as Research Lead at iHub, she provides strategic guidance for growth of tech research in the region and supports the team to run the 15+ research projects being undertaken at any given time. Prior to moving to Kenya in 2010 on a Fulbright fellowship, Angela was involved in corporate outreach to engage businesses in dialogue on sustainability at the World Wildlife Fund (Washington, DC, USA). She has experience working with infoDev (World Bank), the US State Department, and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). Angela studied at Georgetown University and University of Cape Town. She is also the co-founder of Waza Experience.

Nanjira Sambuli - iHub Research 3Vs Crowdsourcing Research Project Lead

Nanjira is a mathematician, new media strategist and technology enthusiast based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has worked with organizations such as UNEPUN HABITATAfricans Act 4 AfricaGlobal Power Shift, on their pan-African and international campaigns, leveraging the power of new media. Nanjira is also the editor of Afrinnovator's Innovative Africa: The new face of Africa. Nanjira works with iHub Research on a project developing a framework for assessing the Viability, Verification, and Validity of Crowdsourcing.

Patrick Costello - iHub Research Senior Data Scientist

Patrick is a Senior Data Scientist at iHub. He has a keen interest in all things quantitative modeling and the insights they brings to wide variety of fields. He has a PhD in mathematical physics, has worked as an economic modeler for the Australian Government and also in finance and investment banking. His main focus currently is on the technical aspects of the projects being undertaken by the Data Science and Visualisation Lab.

Chris Orwa - iHub Research Junior Data Scientist

Chris is passionate about Data Mining, Behavioural Economics, Business Modelling and Technology. Previously a co-founder and operations manager at Doban Africa Ltd, a data mining start-up company specializing in optimization of business processes through analytics. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Kenyatta University with focus in artificial intelligence and computer graphics.  

15:50 - 16:00 Mini Talk

Gregory Asmolov - London School of Economics

Gregory Asmolov is a contributor to "Runet Echo", a project of "Global Voices Online" that analyzes the Russian Internet. He has consulted on information technology, new media, and social media projects for The World Bank and Internews Network, and worked as a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Gregory conducts trainings and gives lectures about social and political role of new media in U.S, Russia, Israel and other countries. Gregory has previously worked as a journalist for major Russian newspapers Kommersant and Novaya Gazeta, and served as news editor and analyst for Israeli TV. Gregory is a co-founder of "Help Map" (Russian-fires.ru), a crowdsourcing platform, which was used to coordinate assistance to victims of wildfires in Russia in 2010 and won a Russian National Internet Award for best project in the "State and Society" category.  Currently he and his colleagues develop a new crowdsourcing platform for coordination of mutual aid in crisis situations Rynda.org. Gregory holds MA in Global Communication from George Washington University (Washington, DC) and BA in Communication and International Affairs from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

16:00 - 17:00 Group session

Bringing it all together. What did we learn today / Report Backs from the sessions

17:30 Closing

 
We are looking forward to see you all there!
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