Event: CrisisCampSiliconValley Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University at Moffett Field, March 26-28-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Event: CrisisCampSiliconValley Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University at Moffett Field, March 26-28

Free Public Event Open to Community Groups and Individuals in San Francisco Bay Area Interested in Technology Innovation for Disaster Planning and Response

  • CrisisCampSiliconValley is the first disaster management and response event of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Prizes will be awarded to individuals and start ups on Sunday, March 28 for further development of technology and collaboration, such as prototype testing and project roadmaps.
  • Follow event on Twitter at @cmusv with hashtag #CCSV.

NASA AMES RESEARCH PARK, MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — March 24, 2010 — Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus today announced its final plans for the first CrisisCampSiliconValley focused on technology innovation for disaster management and response in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend, March 26-28, 2010.

In light of recent disasters in California, Haiti, Chile, New Guinea, Cuba and Japan, and with the 104th anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake approaching on April 18, the CyLab Mobility Research Center of Carnegie Mellon is kicking off its Disaster Management Initiative by hosting a barcamp-styled event following the Friday workshop. CrisisCampSiliconValley is free to everyone in the community interested in improving our response to disaster. CrisisCampSiliconValley builds on the principles of Crisis Commons and will bring together domain experts, developers and first responders to improve technology and practice for humanitarian crisis. See related announcement at http://bit.ly/aGrFmK.

Who: Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
What: CrisisCampSiliconValley
When: Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28, 2010
Where: NASA Ames Research Park, Building 3, Moffett Field, California
How: To register for the free event, visit http://sv.cmu.edu/dmi/crisiscamp. Follow CrisisCampSiliconValley on Twitter at @cmusv using hashtag #CCSV.

CrisisCampSiliconValley Highlights

  • Reception Kick-Off: Tech Demos and Rapid Fire Talks
    • During the kick-off evening reception (5:30-7:00pm) on Friday, March 26, satellite vans, posters and demos will showcase the latest disaster response innovations from leading government agencies, technology companies and universities, including: CalEMA, CA Post Earthquake Information Clearinghouse project and the WDC non-profit, CiviGuard, Cisco NERV, iBurgh, MobileEssence, DraganFly, NASA Ames DART, Red Cross, SunTactics, GoPicnic and SensorFly. This will be followed by 5-minute, rapid-fire talks on ideas and projects by participants.
  • NASA Ames DART Tours
    • On Saturday, March 27, Robert Dolci, Protective Services Division Chief for NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, will host a tour running at two different times. Dolci also serves as Chief of NASA Ames’ Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), which plays a key role relative to this country’s National Response Framework. The special NASA Ames DART tours will include specifics on how DART’s Emergency Responder Training and Technology Test-bed Facility is used to train advanced rescue specialists and other emergency responders and how it is used in the development of technologies for emergency responders. For more information on the tours, visit http://sv.cmu.edu/dmi/crisiscamp.
  • Development Prizes
    • On Sunday, March 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m., six prizes for further development of technology and collaboration (e.g., prototype testing, project roadmaps) will be awarded. Project candidates will make short presentations and winners will be selected based on the merit and potential benefit of each prize to the project. Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley has made arrangements with NASA Ames Research Center for prizes to aid development of outstanding concept-stage and prototype-stage projects that include proof-of-concept testing at the NASA Ames DART Collapsed Structure Rescue Training Site. Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley has also made arrangements with Clearwire Corporation for prizes that aid development of mobile broadband 4G crisis applications, including an outstanding crisis management project using 4G WiMAX technology that includes working with Clearwire Corporation laboratory facilities and engineers. For more information on the prizes, see http://sv.cmu.edu/dmi/crisiscamp.

For more information on CrisisCampSiliconValley, please visit: http://sv.cmu.edu/dmi/crisiscamp. Register for CrisisCampSiliconValley at http://crisiscampsiliconvalley.eventbrite.com/. For more information on the Disaster Management Initiative, please visit http://sv.cmu.edu/dmi. For more information on Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, please visit http://sv.cmu.edu and follow on Twitter at @cmusv or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/carnegiemellonsiliconvalley.

About Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley is dedicated to educating its students to become leaders in global technology innovation and management and to performing innovative research that connects it to local, national, and global high-tech companies. Long known for its leadership in engineering and computer science research and education, Carnegie Mellon has established a natural branch in the Silicon Valley, one that integrates the rich heritage of the Pittsburgh campus with the opportunities available in the innovative and entrepreneurial Silicon Valley. Offering graduate programs in software engineering, software management, information networking, innovation and mobility, each program provides the appropriate mix of technical, business and organizational skills critical to our students' success. With research that focuses on a suite of new technologies, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley is committed to creating and implementing solutions for real problems. For more information on Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, please visit http://sv.cmu.edu and follow on Twitter at @cmusv or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/carnegiemellonsiliconvalley.

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Cara Porchia
TECHMarket Communications for Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley

Sylvia Leong
Director of External Relations and Admissions
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley