Global ICT Conference - October 17,2005

Last Updated: 11/18/2005

Answering the call: Katrina, the Tsunami, Darfur, Afghanistan – lessons learned from the Global ICT responses

Monday, Oct 17, 2005 * Washington, DC

Co-hosted by N-TEN and HumaniNet

The first Global ICT conference, held in Washington on October 17, set in motion a vigorous dialogue on the use of ICTs in disaster response and post-crisis recovery. Over 150 NGO managers, technology experts, and representatives from the business and academic communities came together to discuss a wide variety of ICT issues and solutions.

Attendees heard a stimulating keynote address from Michael Hess, USAID Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He gave a broad overview of the use of ICT in past crises and its importance for future planning. Mr. Hess has made his presentation available. ( Powerpoint, 13.8 MB )

For an excellent review of the conference, please see the Chronicle of Philanthropy article by Nicole Wallace.

Pulling Together: ICT Collaboration and Preparedness

At the October 17 Global ICT Conference in Washington, D.C., the topic of information sharing in emergencies took center stage. In Mike Hess' keynote address, in the opening panel, in nearly all the sessions, and in hallway discussions, attendees confronted the truth that was evident in every major crisis in 2005: there are improvements, but coordination is not nearly good enough. Read More...

Breakout Presentation Materials

Session 1A: ICT Support for Interagency Coordination

Session 3B: Field Operations and Support for the Long Term

  • Larry Wentz, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University Center for Technology and National Security Policy ( Powerpoint, 276 kb )

Additional presentation materials will be posted on this page, and the N-TEN conference page, as they become available.

The original description of the conference is archived here.