The Pacific

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Announcing the Winning Innovations!

We called on innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, NGOs, and academics to rethink humanitarian response and you responded! We received 129 applications from 20 countries and five continents. Ten First Round Winners attended the Design Sprint in March. Each of these teams used the intense rounds of feedback and coaching to further refine their applications. After much consideration, we have selected the final five teams who will share in the share the 2 million AUD fund for pilot projects in the Pacific. It with great pleasure we announce the winning innovations (in no particular order):

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
Mobile SME Insurance in the Pacific Islands – BIMA Leapfrog
Infrastructure-Independent Mobile Communications – Flinders University & New Zealand Red Cross

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“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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