Blog Posts for 2013

December 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Groundwater makes up 97 per cent of the world’s available fresh water. Total global use is estimated by scientists at around 1,000 cubic kilometers a year, with the largest users being India, China, and the United States. Since 1900, the world has drawn down its groundwater reserves by an estimated 4,500 cubic kilometers — and demand continues to increase, especially in arid countries, which are rapidly running short of water that can be affordably extracted. Scientist has urged the world to take better care of its groundwater resources — or risk dangerous scarcities, economic impacts, and potential conflicts in coming decades:

December 30, 2013 | 0 comments
They are a top-tier authority on water solutions, and should be reviewed before starting any large water project. Very helpful!

December 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Last Spring, CTNSP launched the Disaster Apps Challenge ( and the Explosive Remnants of War and Land Mine Reporting Apps Challenge ( During the 2014 TIDES Demo we'll host a panel on "Innovation in Government" to recognize winners of the challenge. Click here to see TIDES Demo schedule: See below for more on our challenge winners!


Our goal for the Disaster Apps challenge was to enhance awareness and sustainability of apps that are effectively used during emergencies. We received a total of eight submissions. Click here to view all the submissions:

Winners include: 1st Place: GovSAFE, the Survivor Assistance Form Editor (SAFE) which provides location service and identifies local Disaster Assistance Centers (DAC); 2nd Place: Siaga Banjir (Jakarta Flood Alert), a monitoring and flood alert system; 3rd Place: National Storm Shelter GPS Precise Map Points, which helps citizens report location of available shelters; and receiving an honorable mention, Black Mamba Rescue Beacon, which allows citizens to quickly group, triangulate, and find those that need...

December 26, 2013 | 0 comments

The effects of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 are still affecting the work of aid groups and health care workers, but they're now getting some help from an unconventional source: 3D printers. A project called iLab Haiti, which is an initiative of Kid Mob, has brought several MakerBot 3D printers to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and is using them to produce prototypes of certain basic medical supplies, such as umbilical cord clamps, on demand. iLab Haiti, based at the Haiti Communitere facility, is currently using ABS plastic to print the devices, and while they aren't quite a finished product yet, it's hoped that further iterations will bring the devices up to medical standards. More:

December 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Life Box is an air-droppable, rapid-response emergency shelter that be quickly inflated to provide housing for four people. The Red Dot Award-winning emergency shelter contains supplies to provide relief to victims of natural disasters such as floods, tsunamis, or earthquakes. Adem Onalan conceived of the Life Box as a holistic solution that can be quickly deployed after natural disasters when relief providers are unable to reach the disaster zone due to distance, weather conditions, and the destruction of roads: