June Issue No. 56
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Upcoming Events
Annual TIDES Demo-Fall 2014
It is our pleasure to announce that registration for the 2014 TIDES Demo has opened! This years forum will take place from 7-10 Oct 2014. We are looking for exhibitors. If you would like to exhibit or attend please click here.  Help us spread the word using #TIDESDemo14!

Click here to REGISTER!

Disaster Apps  Brown Bag at Open Gov Hub 


What: Disaster Apps Challenge Competition Brown Bag
When: June 11th, 12:00-2:00 EDT
Where: Open Gov Hub, Washington, DC
Click here
for more information!

To stay informed about the challenge use #DisasterApps
Power Africa Initiative:
The Third Way
When: June 25th, 2014
Where: Lincoln Hall, NDU 
For the past seven years the Department of Defense TIDES project has been partnering with various Non-governmental, disaster/humanitarian relief organizations in Africa to provide off-the-grid power solutions to Africa. STAR-TIDES Power infrastructure team research and deliver a third way of energy solutions other than on the grid and mid grid solutions proposed by the Power Africa Initiative.

Click here to REGISTER
When: June 11th, 2014
Where: Washington Convention Center
The SmartAmerica Challnege is a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow Project that aims to bring toogether research in Cyber-Physical Systems and combine it with test-beds, projects, and activities from different sectors. This challenge, and its results, comes to an end next week with the Expo. For more information, click here.

Cool Websites to Check Out for the Latest in HA/DR and Development! 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Given TIDES' focus on networking and community engagement, their efforts are certainly appreciated.

Based in Nairobi, Sanergy is installing thousands of pay-per-use toilets that will convert the city's human waste into productive assets: cheap fertilizer for farmers and renewable energy from

bio-gas that can help fuel the city's electrical grid.  


 iMMAP (http://immap.org/)
iMMAP is an international NGO that provides targeted information management support to partners responding to complex humanitarian and development challenges. They also provide Geographic Information Systems (GIS), performance monitoring and evaluation, technical assistance and capacity development. GIS and geospatial analysis have rapidly grown as necessary tools to aid in HA/DR across the world.
Quick Links
New Publications 
for all the latest publications! 

New events are being added periodically, so don't forget to check out the STAR-TIDES Calendar of Events and on our Facebook Page!  
STAR-TIDES Network Announcements
Sad Farewells and New Additions
It may come as a surprise to the STAR-TIDES community, but there are have been some changes to the TIDES team in recent weeks.
Amy Gorman, our former Outreach Associate, has left TIDES for bigger and better adventures abroad. Though we will all miss her terribly, we cannot be more excited for her as she embarks on a new journey with her husband in Saudi Arabia. In honor of her departure, she sat down with Jonathan Fredrickson and spoke about her times with TIDES over the past 18 months. 

Click here to read the full interview:
From the Office to the Desert: An Interview with TIDES' Amy Gorman. 

Any ending means that something new is beginning. In this case, it refers to Heather Levine, who is replacing Amy Gorman as the Outreach Associate for TIDES. Here is a message from Heather to the STAR-TIDES community:

Hello! I am very excited to be joining the TIDES team.
I come to CTNSP with 5 years of work experience in U.S. government agencies specializing in international trade and project management. I hold a M.A. in International Relations and Economics with a concentration in Energy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. I look forward to meeting and working with the entire STAR-TIDES network. If you need to reach me, my email is heather.levine@ndu.edu
Join us for a Call to Discuss the ERW & Landmine Challenge on 20 June!
(By Sam Bendett)
Join us for a call to discuss our Explosive Remnants of War and Landmine Reporting Apps Challenge.  We are asking developers to come up with a mechanism to transform ordinary citizen's mobile devices into tools that can be used to report on ERW and land mines. As a result of attending, participants  should have a clearer idea of whether or not they are interested in participating in the Challenge.

What: ERW & Landmine Challenge Conference Call
When: June 20th, 1:00 EDT
Conference Call #: 209-255-1000
Access Code: 966583#

Our friends from First Net posted a great blog summarizing our #DisasterApps conference call, click here to read the post. Special thanks to Al Gembara (USAID OFDA) and Nelson Jacobsen (Altavoz Distribution) for participating in the call.

**As a reminder our challenges have been extended
to July 15th and includes $5000 in prizes!!**
New Open Source/Open Standard Disaster Response Software & Webconference
(By Sandra Marina)

Sandra Marina, from USSOUTHCOM, chimes in to discuss a new open source and open standard disaster response software. Known as GeoSHAPE, the purpose of the software is to revolutionize how government agencies and NGOs collaborate. This is accomplished through the integration of multiple sources of geospatial data and allowing open access through a real-time internet platform.  


The assessment and demonstration will take place in Honduras starting on June 9th, and a web conference on the tool and how to see the events of the demonstration from the Pacific Disaster Center's Disaster AWARE platform will be offered on Friday, June 13th, at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). All organizations are invited to participate in the webconference, hosted by the Pacific Disaster Center. For more information on attending the webconference, please contact Ms. Carrie Lee Carlascio at  ccarlascio@pdc.org for details.

Call to the Network: 
Humanitarian UAVs and CrisisMapping
(By David Becker)
TIDES is tracking the use of UAVs for humanitarian use closely. We think there is a lot of room for expansion, and have also been raising the idea of DOD UAVs being multi-purposed for humanitarian assistance and disaster response. This of course has already been happening ad hoc, but it may be time to better develop the tactics, techniques and procedures so that DOD UAVs with their special imagery and comm capabilities can be quickly integrated into humanitarian response.

If anyone else in the network is working on this we would be interested in discussing lessons learned. Please feel free to email your ideas or suggestions to star.tides.net@gmail.com. For more information and to read the original article, click here. 
Event Highlights: PPC and Africa ISR
Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Workshop 
Last month the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) hosted a two day-long conference on Public-Private Partnerships in cooperation with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy (OSD (P)) at National Defense University. The workshop was based on OSD(P)'s continuing efforts to institutionalize Public- Private Partnership for the DoD. The workshop served as a discussion forum for key DoD stakeholders on the draft DoD Instructions on PPP. The workshop brought together approximately 40 participants from a wide variety of federal offices.
Africa ISR Workshop 
On 22 May 2014, CTNSP organized a conference on "Commercial African Open Source Information Sharing." This event brought together diverse representatives from the military, US government, NGOs, and academia with the intent of discussing important trends, challenges and potential solutions in Africa's information sharing environment. 



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