Digital Technology for Resilience Workshop, Bangkok (Nov 27-28, 2018) #Tech4Resilience


As more people in the world are getting exposed to natural and human-induced hazards, the need to embed technology in risk management processes is becoming more crucial than ever before. Being the founder of Doers - a humanitarian organization working towards resilience and sustainability in the Himalayan region of India, I aim at harnessing the power of technology in our work in the domain of disaster risk reduction. My deep interest in ICTs for Disaster Risk Management was the reason why I attended the 'Digital Technologies for Resilience Workshop' organized by FHI 360 from 27 to 28 February, 2019 at Bangkok, Thailand.

Organized by FHI 360 with the financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation, this workshop was a unique opportunity for me in many ways. All participants in the workshop brought along their experiences of using technology in their respective thematic areas. As a fascinating fact, a huge number of participants were given the opportunity to showcase their work in the area of #Tech4Resilience.

The sessions in the workshop were thoughtfully planned. I liked the systematic approach to screen the most suitable technology to achieve Resilience by using the Due Diligence Tool. The presentations made by selected participants on their successful business models to achieve sustainable scale were truly insightful.

I am also grateful to FHI 360 to allow me to showcase the process and outcome of the work pioneered by Doers in Himachal Pradesh in the area of Micro-mapping of critical facilities, infrastructure & resources for better preparedness planning and decision support during disaster response, as well as our use of open source technology.

Participants also had the opportunity to collaborate with each others as potential partners. I explored the opportunities to work with organizations who have developed or are currently developing technology solutions for managing the emergency operations by tracking resources (including volunteers and response teams), as well as around technology solutions for generating and communicating the early warning for major hazards and concepts like risk calculators for school-centric emergency planning.

I sincerely thank Josh Woodard for inviting me to attend this workshop. I also wish to FHI 360 for providing me the stipend to meet the expenses related to the workshop.