Every year the National Defense University (NDU) hosts a live demonstration of innovative technologies to improve disaster assistance and development. More than 70 civilian groups and businesses set up with no water, no power, and no shelter; nothing except what they make for themselves. Non-profit organizations, citizen associations, specialized vendors, and others show off their best ideas and tools to help people in post-disaster, post-conflict, or in extreme poverty situations. The demonstration, held on campus at Fort McNair in Southwest Washington, is an offshoot of the TIDES (Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) research project at NDU. The 2016 TIDES Technology Demonstration is scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, September 20-22, 2016 (set-up day on Sept 19). The demo will open at 0900 and close at 1700. A smaller demonstration at the Pentagon will follow on 26-27 Sept (Mon-Tue)
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TIDES focuses on identifying emerging technologies and sustainable solutions to support a variety of missions. More a science fair than a trade show, different inventors and field operators exchange insights and experiences, promoting public-private cooperation through presentations, technology demonstrations, workshops, and networking. Speakers will discuss cross-cutting issues ranging from logistics and soft power, to information-sharing and community-based solutions. There are also discussion groups open to the public throughout the week that will address a variety of pertinent issues. This year the following interests included:
• Building Integrated Partnership Capacity in austere environments. Focusing on cross-cutting solutions that can be sustained by local populations and on information flows designed to reduce the likelihood of violent outbreaks in stressed situations.
• Foreign disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance. Featuring results from the quarterly field experiments at Camp Roberts, California, which recently focused on improving the quality and reducing the time to provide open source imagery to emergency responders.
• Post-war stabilization and reconstruction. Those with recent Afghanistan experience will be on site to discuss approaches and share ideas in sustainable socio-economic development, green-white information sharing, and "sense-making" from large amounts of data.
• Disaster response in the U.S. and Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA). This will involve links between DHS, FEMA, and NORTHCOM, along with ties to commercial supply chains, empowering citizens in austere environments, enhancing system resilience, and so forth.