Keynote: Next Generation Humanitarian Technology

I’m excited to be giving the Keynote address at the Social Media and Response Management Interface Event (SMARMIE 2013) in New York this morning. A big thank you to the principal driver behind this important event, Chuck Frank, for kindly inviting me to speak. This is my first major keynote since joining QCRI, so I’m thrilled to share what I’ve learned during this time and my vision for the future of humanitarian technology. But I’m even more excited by the selection of speakers and caliber of participants. I’m eager to learn about their latest projects, gain new insights and hopefully create pro-active partnerships moving forward.

You can follow this event via live stream and @smarmieNYC & #smarmie). I  plan to live tweeting the event at @patrickmeier. My slides are available for download here (125MB). Each slide include speaking notes, which may be of interest to folks who are unable to follow via live stream. Feel free to use my slides but strictly for non-commercial purposes and only with direct attribution. I’ll be sure to post the video of my talk on iRevolution when it becomes available. In the meantime, these videos and publications may be of interest. Also, I’ve curated the table of contents below with 60+ links to every project and/or concept referred to in my keynote and slides (in chronological order) so participants and others can revisit these after the conference—and more importantly keep our conver-sations going via Twitter and the comments section of the blog posts. I plan to hire a Research Assistant in the near future to turn these (and other posts) into a series of up-to-date e-books in which I’ll cite and fully credit the most interesting and insightful comments posted on iRevolution.

Social Media Pulse of Planet

Big Crisis Data and Added Value

Standby Task Force (SBTF)

Libya Crisis Map

Philippines Crisis Map

Digital Humanitarians

Human Computation

Human Computation for Disaster Response (submitted for publication)

Syria Crisis Map

Hybrid Systems for Disaster Response

Credibility of Social Media: Compare to What?

Human Computed Crediblity

Verily: Crowdsourced Verification

AI Computed Credibility

Future of Humanitarian Tech



ps. Please let me know if you find any broken links so I can fix them, thank you!

9 responses to “Keynote: Next Generation Humanitarian Technology

  1. Great presentation and follow up resources. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for the slides Patrick; SMARMIE 2013 was very lucky to get you to come out! I am incredibly inspired by your work. If you need a hand with the ebook publishing, I have self-published in ebook format through Smashwords and in hard-copy through CreateSpace. I would love to help out in any way I can – plus, it would give me the chance to brush up on all these readings that you recommend.

  3. Hi Patrick,
    Was it total coincidence that USIP’s ‘Media That Moves Millions’ in DC was taking place at roughly the same time as the SMARMIE event in NYC? [on a lighter note is it coincidence or was SMARMIE a smug way of presenting considerable advancements, or even unveiling a social media army! 🙂 ]

    It would seem a shame considering the perhaps small but possibly important overlaps in theory I imagine the two events shared. As I followed the USIP event I totally missed the SMARMIE one and was wondering if there were plans to host a video recording of the livefeed anywhere, and if so do you know when?


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