RELIEF/JIFX 12-04 Camp Roberts Newsletter (August 2012)
Dr. Ray Buettner, Tristan Allen, Nelly Turley
RELIEF 12-4 a was huge success! Collocated for the second time with the Joint Interagency Field Exploration (JIFX) event, 329 people from 129 organizations braved the extreme August heat to contribute to exceptional innovation and groundbreaking research. With experiments ranging from large scenario-based research and policy discussions to smaller experiments that tested new tech solutions, the 12-4 RELIEF event featured 21 independent research threads. All relating to different challenges present in the humanitarian assistance & disaster response realm, the 12-4 experiments were organized into 8 different categories. These categories included Command, Control, Communications & Computers (C4); Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR); Cyber Security; Transportation Logistics; Power & Water; Crowdsourcing Tools & Analysis; Medical; and Development Support. In addition to these 21 experiments, a multitude of “ad hoc” experiments emerged as groups recognized complimenting skills and pushed technological boundaries through inter-organizational mash-ups. This emphasis on community learning and problem solving, rather than simple results oriented testing, continues to be one of the defining characteristics of RELIEF.
Our best metric of success is the change we help enable our participants to achieve: the processes developed during this event were fielded by Civil Air Patrol units in two states during the response to Hurricane Isaac. The proven success of RELIEF is a direct function of the community that has formed around the events.