This year the STAR-TIDES Technology Demonstration will be held at the Fairfax campus of George Mason University (GMU) in the vicinitiy of Merten Hall lawn (enter "Merten Hall" into Google Maps) and the Fenwick libraray. The demo will host a live demonstration of innovative technologies to improve disaster assistance and development. 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 build individual and communiy resilience to natural and man-made emergencies. The 2017 STAR-TIDES Technology Demonstration is scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, September 12-14, 2017 (set-up day on Sept 12). The demo will open at 0830 and close at 1800 (1500 on Thursday, Sept 14). A smaller TIDES demonstration at the Pentagon will follow on 18-20 Sept (Mon-Wed)
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STAR-TIDES focuses on identifying emerging technologies and sustainable solutions to help build individual and community resilience to natural and man-made emergencies. 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.