|Sep. 11th, 2006 10:25 am TechReach Silicon Valley Sim Day, Tue 19 Sep 06|
As many of you know, I went down to Mississippi for a couple of weeks last year after Hurricane Katrina, to work on disaster relief efforts (you can read about that in my LJ posts starting with this one). I was working with an ad hoc technology team that had come together on the fly to build a community wireless network. Several similar organizations are now in the process of establishing themselves and preparing in advance for future disasters, rather than relying on ad hoc responses. I'm involved with one of those, TechReach International, and we're putting on a "Simulation Day" next week in Mountain View to showcase our work and recruit other volunteers.
The rest of this posting is a blurb about Sim Day that I sent to a variety of mailing lists. If you're at all interested in this subject, and especially if you might be interested in volunteering with us, please drop by Sim Day; we'd love to talk to you about it!
TechReach International is a new non-profit organization being formed to deploy no-cost telecommunications services into humanitarian relief efforts, using trained/certified volunteer communications specialists and state of the art technology.
On Tuesday 19 September 2006, from 12:30pm to 6:30pm, TechReach International will be hosting a "Simulation Day" on the Intuit campus in Mountain View, to demonstrate proven technologies in a simulated field environment.
We're actively seeking technical and support volunteers to join our organization, as well as sponsors, donors, and partners. If you're interested in learning more and perhaps contributing to this effort, please visit us at Sim Day!
Sim Day will encompass a variety of activities, including:
* A crisis communications center that utilizes satellite communications, low-power computers, and wireless networks to provide Internet access and voice communications.
* Speakers on topics such as experiences working as a volunteer in a disaster relief effort, emergency response capacity building, map-based "situational awareness" tools for managing critical information in relief conditions, and technologies designed for austere environments and underserved communities.
* Demonstrations of successful applications that have potential for nonprofit users, including project management tools, VoIP, blogging, podcasts, distributing photography from the field, and new ways to mobilize support and get the message out.
* Networking opportunities for technical and operations managers, program officers, and other nonprofit leaders. Share your success stories and challenges with others in your field of humanitarian and nonprofit work.
For full details about the event, including a map and a schedule of speakers, please visit our web site at http://www.techri.org/.
We look forward to seeing you at Sim Day!
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