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October 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Dr. Linton Wells II, Director Center for Technology and National Security Policy and Ms. Neyla Arnas, Senior Research Fellow, CTNSP, were contributed to "The Future Can't Wait: Over the Horizon Views on Development", a joint publication with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of State, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars released this October. The publication was a follow-up to the November 4, 2011, “Symposium on the Future of Development Challenges” in Washington, D.C., an event that brought together development theorists and practitioners, economists and demographers, scientists and futurists to explore and discuss emerging development trends.

October 30, 2013 | 0 comments

From 1-4 October, Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support (TIDES), a Defense Department research project located within the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) hosted the 7th Annual TIDES Technology Field Demonstration. The event showcased low-cost technology solutions (i.e. water, power, shelter) for stressed populations; post--disaster, post-conflict and impoverished.  The event featured over 60 exhibitors and included over 700 visitors--student groups from National Defense University and representatives from The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the US State Department, the American Red Cross and a host of other organizations.  The event also included presentations by The Honorable Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment); Mr. Scott Sklar, a leading energy expert; and Dr. Walter Dorn, from the Canadian Forces College.  The following week from 7-9 October, TIDES exhibited their display inside the Pentagon center courtyard. To check pictures from the event, check out the new STAR-TIDES Photo Gallery!

October 30, 2013 | 0 comments

On 29 October, TIDES exhibited at the first ever Veteran’s Venture Forum in Marshall Hall at Ft. McNair.  With direct support from the Angel Venture Forum, the NDU Foundation helped identify and prepare entrepreneurs who are veterans to participate in this forum and pitch their products and ideas to potential investors.  TIDES offered assistance and shared the benefits of the STAR-TIDES Network with the veterans.  The STAR-TIDES Network brings together private sector innovation for development and emergency support to the DoD and has many veteran-owned or veteran-employed companies already.  TIDES re-established connections with American Light Works, and met many other inventions that we have put their products on the TIDES Infrastructure Directory.

October 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Framingham, Massachusetts-based Rave Mobile Safety, developer of software for campus and public safety, has announced the first statewide deployment of SmartPrepare in Arkansas. The service allows citizens to create free, secure Safety Profiles online which contain vital details about their household. Public safety officials can use the data in SmartPrepare to gain greater insight into their communities and identify potential challenges in order to prepare more effectively for disasters, allocate resources, and expedite emergency response and recovery efforts during events: http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20131029-arkansas-deploys-firs...

October 29, 2013 | 0 comments

From Patrick Meier's iRevolution blog: There is so much attention (and hype) around the use of social media for emergency management (SMEM) that we often forget about mainstream media when it comes to next generation humanitarian technologies. The news media across the globe has become increasingly digital in recent years—and thus analyzable in real-time. Twitter added little value during the recent Pakistan Earthquake, for example. Instead, it was the Pakistani mainstream media that provided the immediate situational awareness necessary for a preliminary damage and needs assessment. This means that our humanitarian technologies need to ingest both social media and mainstream media feeds: http://irevolution.net/2013/10/29/mainstream-media-for-emergency-managem...