The Pacific

Join us as we rethink humanitarian response

Australian Aid

What's the story?

In November 2015 we called on innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, NGOs, and academics to rethink humanitarian response and the response was incredible! We received 129 applications from 20 countries across five continents. Ten First Round Winners were selected to attend a Design Sprint in March 2016 where they further refined their applications with coaching from our advisors. After much consideration, the following five teams (listed in no particular order) were selected to share in a 2 million AUD fund for running pilot projects in the Pacific.

Pacific Drone Imagery Dashboard (PacDID) – Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Pacific Local Supplier Engagement Project – Australian Red Cross
The Firetail: An Easily-Deployed Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial System – Firetail UAS
Mobile SME Insurance in the Pacific Islands – BIMA Leapfrog
Infrastructure-Independent Mobile Communications – Flinders University & New Zealand Red Cross

Since then the five winning teams have been piloting and implementing their innovative solutions in the Pacific, working alongside local and global organisations to realise the potential of their ideas, while collecting and sharing invaluable learning that will help us continue to rethink humanitarian response. To see more about their progress check our blog or social media channels.

Where are they now?

For more information read our blog


“What makes the Pacific uniquely challenging is its small population spread over such a large area.”
Shadrack Welegtabit, Director of the Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office.

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