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Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier
Director of Crisis Mapping, Ushahidi

Website | @@patrickmeier

Patrick Meier is the Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers. At Ushahidi, Patrick recently launched and spearheaded the deployments in Haiti and Chile. He was previously the co-director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning. Patrick has consulted for numerous international organizations including the UN, OSCE, OECD on crisis mapping and early warning projects in countries ranging from the Sudan and Thailand to East Timor and Colombia. Patrick is a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School and has an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is also an alum of the Sante Fe Institute (SFI) Complex Systems Summer School. Patrick blogs at iRevolution.net


Location: Ballroom IV
Patrick Meier (Ushahidi)
Secretary of State Clinton noted the unprecedented role of mobile technology in the disaster response when she highlighted how interactive maps and text messages were used to save lives in Haiti. This presentation will describe how Ushahidi's interactive Crisis Map of Haiti was combined with crowdsourcing and text messaging to enable two-way communication with disaster affected communities. Read more.
Patrick Meier (Ushahidi)
How did hundreds of student volunteers around the world use Ushahidi to save hundreds of lives in Haiti? How did they process and map thousands of urgent life-and-death text messages from Haiti in near real-time? Patrick's talk will answer these questions in 4 minutes and 58 seconds.