Teresa Crawford (a Dirk Award Winner in 2002) is working with Humaninet to develop the vertical track on Disaster Management/Humanitarian Assistance at the Nonprofit Software Development Summit. You can find out more about Humaninet here
Here's a description that Teresa sent me:
It has been over two years since the Indian Ocean tsunami, and 16 months since Hurricane Katrina. Are relief teams better prepared for future crises? We are on the hunt for more like minded techies and NGO staff interested in pursuing a dialog.
Among the topics to be addressed at the Summit:
* What software and other ICTs do field users need in a disaster response?
* What software is ready for use in emergencies today?
* What needs to be done to make information management a reality?
* Are mapping and geographic information systems possible and affordable?
* For our field and relief team partners: if you had a team of developers to design and test any software you wished for, what would that be?
How to get involved:
* Participate in the Webcast on Friday, February 9, at 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern) to discuss needs and ideas with a panel of developers and field users. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
* Join the online discussion group
* Contribute to the Nonprofit Software Development Summit wiki and help forge a meaningful and stimulating agenda.
* Attend the DevSummit on February 21-23 in Oakland.