Events & Demos

15th Annual Capabilities Demo, October 18th-20th, 2021

The STAR-TIDES global knowledge-sharing network will have its 15th annual capabilities demonstration at Mason from Oct 18-20, 2021. This is a completely virtual event via Zoom. Registration for attendees is free, though donations are always welcome. The overall theme of this year’s capabilities demonstration will be building sustainable resilience while promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
There will be five two-hour webinars spread out over the three days. Each two-hour block will include a mix of presentations and panel discussions. They will focus on STAR-TIDES core platforms (energy, housing and infrastructure, water, agriculture, information and communications technology, and public health), as well as other areas such as logistics and creating digital opportunities. After registration, participants will receive a program book with access links and passcodes.
The tentative schedule for the Technology demo is as follows –
a) Oct 18 (4 pm – 6 pm) 
  • To Be Determined (5 minutes each) – President Washington (GMU), President Vice Admiral Rondeau (Naval Postgraduate School) (Both Keynotes would be Prerecorded)
  • To Be Determined – Secretary Deb Haaland (Pre-recorded interview)
         (40 minutes total for the keynotes)
  • Atlantic Council Geotech Center –
         1 hour session (Topics would be what technologies would have biggest impact in the UN sustainability goals)
b) Oct 19, 2021
First 2-hour session (10 am – 12 pm)
  • Energy
  • Housing
Second 2-hour session (2 pm – 4 pm)
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Agriculture and Food Security
Third Session (1 hour) (4 pm – 5 pm)
  • Vendor/Exhibitor Presentations
b) Oct 20, 2021
First 2-hour session (10 am – 12 pm)
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Logistics & Supply Chain
Second 2-hour session (2 pm – 4 pm)
  • Health, Nutrition and Food Scarcity
  • Puerto Rico
Third Session (1 hour) (4 pm – 5 pm)
  • Vendor/Exhibitor Presentations
Here is the link to register for the virtual event on Eventbrite – Click Here


Since its founding in 2007 STAR-TIDES has been involved in a wide array of real-world events, technology demonstrations, field experiments, and focused projects, sometimes involving teams of network members. Some of the relief efforts STAR-TIDES has supported include Cyclones Sidr in Bangladesh (2007), Nargis in Myanmar (2008), and Pam in Vanuatu (2015); the 2010 Haiti earthquake; the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (aka Fukushima); Hurricanes Sandy in 2012, and Irma/Maria in 2017; Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines (2013), and the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, as well as aid to a damaged medical clinic in South Sudan in 2012/13. Technology demonstrations have been held every year, first at National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC, and now at George Mason University (GMU) in northern Virginia. STAR-TIDES has participated in conferences and exhibits from California to Dubai, and in field experimentation, largely at Camp Roberts in central California. STAR-TIDES members also helped manage an award-winning technology demonstration on expeditionary water power and communications.
Network members have investigated civil-military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as improving distributed, renewable energy infrastructures.  A “STAR-TIDES Japan” network supports a Japanese Cabinet Office project on Public, Environmental Health, and Disaster Medicine and other international STAR-TIDES networks are under discussion.
From the teams perspective, in 2015 over 80 network members responded in a week to a foreign government request for support to refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, and other members supported 2018 CAPSTONE project by GMU students on community revitalization in West Virginia with information about innovative shelters.  In the last three months network members have formed a team to enhance rural broadband connectivity, for example in Native American communities and other distributed populations. 

Tech Demos and Field Experiments