August Issue No. 58
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Upcoming Events in HA/DR and Development! 

8th Annual TIDES Technology Demo
When:  October 7-10, 2014  
Where: Washington, D.C.

We are looking for exhibitors to showcase their innovative, low-cost, sustainable technologies for stressed populations, post-war, post-disaster, and impoverished. All activities will be independent of the power grid, and communications will be live. If you would like to exhibit or attend please Click Here!  Help us spread the word using #TIDESDemo14!   


To see a schedule of events and to  RSVP please Click Here!  

Humanitarian Development Africa Summit

When:  October 30-31 October, 2014  
Where: Nairobi, Kenya

The Humanitarian Development Africa 2014 Summit, will once again this year be the only summit to offer buyers and suppliers with the ideal platform to meet face to face and conduct business, in Africa, for Africa.


To see a schedule of events and to  RSVP please Click Here!  

AIDF Disaster Relief Summit

When: November 19-20, 2014
Where: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.

The AIDF Disaster Relief Summit is specifically designed for senior representatives and experts from governments, NGOs, UN agencies, investors, research institutes and the private sector engaged in disaster relief and response.

Click here to REGISTER

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

Rebuild by Design 
Founded as a response to Superstorm Sandy, Rebuild by Design is dedicated to creating innovative community- and policy-based solutions to protect U.S. cities that are most vulnerable to increasingly intense weather events and future uncertainties. For more information, click here.

HDX (Humanitarian Data Exchange)
The goal of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis. We are working on three elements that will eventually combine into an integrated data platform. For more information, click here.

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!  

So Long and Farewell:

Dr. Wells on His #NewAdventures

By Jonathan Fredrickson

On Tuesday June 23rd, I sat down with Dr. Wells to discuss his history with the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, what inspired him to establish TIDES, his accomplishments, his plans, and whatever else comes next. Though his experiences go far beyond a twenty-minute interview, it was a wonderful chance to learn about his history. For full article Click Here.
By Kristin Cotter and Andrew Mascelli

Imagine a boring commute on your local underground metro system. Now picture a weekend getaway to a ski lodge nestled amid mountain peaks. Finally, consider a hypothetical situation in which you were living in Haiti on January 12th 2010 when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake caused catastrophic devastation to the population, the government, and the infrastructure of the island nation. In all of these situations, would you have your cell phone with you?


You should, because despite pesky underground signal loss, geographic seclusion, and even natural disaster, communications technology can still find a way to keep you connected. This is the benefit that FireChatŠ, developed by Open Garden Inc. and available for both Apple and Android devices, offers for free with the use of its application. The application, capable of operating completely independently of a cell phone signal or wireless network, is designed to allow users to exchange information even without the benefit of standard communication networks. To read the full article, Click Here!

By UN-SPIDER-GeoSHAPE, a member of the STAR-TIDES Network


When a disaster strikes, situational awareness regarding impacts and needs is essential as a way to plan and carry out response efforts in areas affected by such a disaster. In recent years, advancements in the incorporation of satellite-assisted positioning and navigation services in smart telephones and other devices are contributing to enhance the capacity of responders on the ground to communicate critical information on such impacts and needs to Emergency Operations Centers.  To read the full article,Click Here

A Special Thank You and Good Luck to the STAR-TIDES Interns!
Nicholas Arciniegas
Kristin Cotter
Jonathan Fredrickson  
Click Here to hear more from our STAR-TIDES Interns!   
World-Wide Human Geography Data (WWHGD) Working Group Nigeria Webinar
By Kristin Cotter


On 23 July 2014, the World-Wide Human Geography Data (WWHGD) Working Group hosted a webinar on Data and Mapping for Humanitarian Assistance in Nigeria. The WWHGD Working Group intended for this webinar to promote its goal of building voluntary global partnerships around mapping and geography data for human security. The speakers addressed crisismapping and geographic information system (GIS) conflict analysis with a focus on Nigeria. To read the full article, Click Here.

National Building Museum: Designing for Disaster
By Kristin Cotter


On 31 July 2014, members of the TIDES team visited the Designing for Disaster exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The National Building Museum aims to educate people about the impact that the built environment has on their lives. Designing for Disaster addresses the manner in which people assess risks from natural hazards, analyzing the ways in which we decide where and how to build. It also focuses on disaster mitigation policies, technologies, and strategies in order to encourage the building of more disaster-resilient communities and increase the capacity to respond to and recover from natural disasters. To read the full article, 
Click Here.
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