Blog {See you at RightsCon Manila 2015}


I’m thrilled to have been invited by RightsCon to design and lead a disaster simulation at their 2015 conference in Manila. RightsCon is a premier event on internet freedom and the future of the internet. I’ll be presenting how our tools and programs begin with disaster response but are designed to help build community resiliency year round through an integrated network connecting cross sector stakeholders and citizens with their government – centered largely around mapping, open data and citizen reporting.

Our session will take place on March 25 from 1:30-2:45pm at the Crown Plaza Manila Galleria Hotel. Register here.

Preparing for the Next Haiyan: Utilizing Technology to Transform Disaster Response

From crisis to community, this session explores innovations in disaster response in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan and beyond. The panelists, covering sectors as diverse as telecom industry to citizen media, will share their technology-driven approaches to rebuilding communities following Typhoon Haiyan and to addressing community resiliency all-year-round. Cross-sector data mapping, drones to map and verify citizen reports, new sustainable farming practices, anti-poaching, and internet access technologies are some of the innovations being developed in partnership with local communities. These tools help form a sustainable infrastructure to identify and prioritize local community needs and high-risk areas, and to share best practices across the country.


1. Celina Agaton
Managing Director
Cross Sector Mapping|Map the Philippines


2. Gil Francis G. Arevalo
Communicating with Communities Officer
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

3. Felino Castro V
Director III, Information and Communications Technology Management Service
Department of Social Welfare and Development, The Philippines

4. Darwin Flores
Vice President
Community Partnerships
Smart Communications

5. Matthew Cua
CEO, Founder
SkyEye UAV

6. Tanya Zaldarriaga
Program Officer for Membership

7. Julius M. Bangate
Manager, Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratories
University of the Philippines and
OpenStreetMap Philippines
8. Lory Tan
Vice Chair
WWF National Advisory Council

9. Aivon Guanco
Humanitarian Accountability Manager
World Vision

10. Neil Barsch
Fulbright Scholar
Hapinoy Social Enterprise

11. Denise Celdran
Citizen Group

Many thanks to the conference sponsors for making this opportunity possible.


Oak Foundation
World Wide Web Foundation
The Internet Society
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