Disaster Tech: What is Working and What is Coming

Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), Mikel Maron (OpenStreetMap)
Location: Salon A-F

Twitter and Google Maps are being used in mainstream emergency management, and projects like InSTEDD will push them even farther. This session shows you what is working, what isn’t, and what’s next in Disaster Tech.

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Jesse Robbins

OnBeep, Inc.

Jesse Robbins is a technology founder & innovator with a unique background as a firefighter and emergency manager. Robbins is widely recognized for transforming the way companies like Facebook & Yahoo manage complex internet systems, and for his work helping governments and humanitarian organizations embrace new technologies.

He is now Founder & CEO of OnBeep, a stealthy wearable hardware startup which will launch later this year.

Prior to OnBeep, Robbins founded Chef which makes software used by companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo to automates servers & infrastructure. He also founded the Velocity Conference and is credited as helping to start the DevOps movement.

Before founding Chef, Robbins served as Amazon’s “Master of Disaster” where he was responsible for website availability.

Robbins is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT and Emergency Manager, and led a task force deployed in Operation Hurricane Katrina. His experiences in the fire service profoundly influence his efforts in technology, and he strives to distill his knowledge from these two worlds and apply it in service of both.

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Mikel Maron

OpenStreetMap

Mikel is co-Founder of Mapufacture (now part of GeoCommons), and specializes in Open Geospatial and Wiki technologies. He’s been active in the standardization of GeoRSS and in the OpenStreetMap collaborative mapping project, and several open source projects. He’s developed two of the first Wikis in use at the UN. Previously, Mikel worked as senior developer of My Yahoo! and researched evolutionary models of ecosystems for an MSc at the University of Sussex.

  • Autodesk
  • Google
  • ESRI
  • Nokia
  • DigitalGlobe
  • Earthscape
  • EveryScape.com
  • LightPole
  • MapJack
  • MapQuest
  • MetaCarta
  • Microsoft
  • Poly9
  • Skyhook Wireless
  • TeleAtlas
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Zvents
  • BNet

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