Media and Technology Fair: 22-23 March

Source: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:35 PM
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The CDAC Network is convening a Media and Technology Fair in March 2012. You can register for live streaming of the event here. This will provide an opportunity to learn about different telecoms and media applications that can help aid providers communicate more effectively with people in crisis. The event will showcase new ways of working in this fast-developing arena, and create space to solve current challenges. There will be a hands-on opportunity to experiment with the different applications. The Fair is being organised in partnership with BBC Media Action, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Google.org, and with sponsorship from the GSM Association Development Fund (GSMA). Day 1 Programme     To register for live streaming of the event click here The event is by invite only but will also be streamed online in real time, with live-blogging and tweeting direct from the event. The CDAC Network website will feature all of the tools presented throughout the event along with case studies to contextualise their implementation. The event site will include live video coverage of the presentations, on-screen slides and a discussion forum. Participants must register here to watch the event online. Disaster response can be revolutionised – by the communities who prepare for, survive and recover from emergencies. Listening to and communicating with people affected by emergencies can improve the quality and effectiveness of aid, but aid agencies have struggled to hear people’s voices at critical moments. Meanwhile, access to media and technology tools is spreading across the globe. Radio reaches even the most remote and vulnerable, and 90% of us now have access to a mobile phone. Yet recent emergencies in Pakistan and Japan have shown us just how fragile communications networks can be in a natural disaster and how much the reach, and therefore the usefulness, of these tools depends on the context and the way populations already use them. We are only now beginning to understand how these tools and communications channels, in the hands of disaster-affected communities, can allow people to share their knowledge and needs, rebalancing power relationships, and how responders can use them to sort and manage information faster, more cheaply and more effectively. This Media and Technology Fair will showcase emerging field practice and approaches, introduce a variety of media and technology tools, and examine how communicating with disaster-affected populations can help to improve outcomes. Two days, aimed at two distinct audiences: Day 1 will bring together senior decision makers, potential donors and people of influence alongside technologists and media experts. Day 2 will target operational practitioners to explore the practical implications of implementing channels for communicating with disaster affected populations, with support from tech and media participants as well as country-based staff already engaged in these practices. The event will seek to foster new partnerships in a spirit of problem-solving and collaboration. Overall, the two day event will: explore how communicating with affected communities is part of effective humanitarian action showcase technology and media communications channels with frank and honest feedback on what works and what doesn’t bring to light innovative practices that have not yet been widely talked or written about, and provide an opportunity to learn and problem solve encourage greater mutual understanding between aid agencies and media and technology providers, toward potentially greater collaboration help practitioners understand how to integrate technology-mediated two-way communications into the project cycle create a directory of tools and approaches to help humanitarians choose the most effective tech and media tools and channels for the contexts in which they are working   To register for live streaming of the event click here   Documents: Full Event Summary Day 1 Programme Day 2 Programme ‚Äč

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