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Saturday, March 14 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Drones for Good

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UAVs, or drones, have the potential to be important components of disaster relief. Their use in responding to crises is still in its infancy but increasing with each disaster. UAVs have the potential to find missing persons, take imagery for situational awareness and to potentially even deliver aid. This cannot be done without consideration of the ethical dimension. The panel will discuss how UAVs are being used today and where we think they will be capable of in the future. How can this be approached safely and where is UAV use appropriate?
The Humanitarian UAV Network brings together international humanitarian and UAV communities and supports the responsible growth of UAV use in humanitarian response. We do this by supporting a global volunteer network of professional, civilian and responsible hobbyist UAV pilots who facilitate information sharing, coordination and operational safety in support of a broad range of humanitarian efforts.

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Kate Chapman

Exec Dir, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Kate Chapman is Executive Director at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). HOT applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to improve the welfare of the communities where HOT works, especially those at risk of natural disaster or other crisis. Kate spent the... Read More →
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Christopher Fabian

Sr Advisor on Innovation to the Exec Dir, UNICEF
Christopher Fabian (@hichrisfabian) co-created and has co-lead UNICEF’s Innovation Unit in New York since 2007. Working with UNICEF’s 135 country offices, the Innovation Unit’s research and development priorities focus on near-term challenges in the world’s most difficult... Read More →
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Patrick Meier

Dir of Social Innovation, QCRI & UAViators
Patrick Meier (PhD) is an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience. He presently serves as Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute... Read More →
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Andrew Schroeder

Global Dir, Research & Analysis, Direct Relief International
As Direct Relief’s head of research and analysis, Dr. Schroeder leads an array of tech-driven initiatives to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and precision of disaster prep and humanitarian response. Recent examples include Direct Relief's work with Palantir Technologies to... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 9ABC Austin Convention Center

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