Announcing the Winners of the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge

05/05/2016By Michael HassettBlog

We’re excited that Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells have announced the winners of the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge. With so many creative and relevant entries the final selection was not an easy job! Here they are: Mobile SME … Read More

Connecting Deeper With Innovators in Canberra

31/03/2016By Davar ArdalanBlog

The ten first round winners of the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge met at the innovationXchange in Canberra, Australia this week. The $2 million Challenge, launched by Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop last year, is generating new, innovative ideas to enable better disaster response in the Pacific. The projects fall in three categories: communication and interpretation of … Read More

Updated: Watch our #RethinkingResponse Digital Event

22/03/2016By Davar ArdalanBlog

Updated 3/30: Watch the event video below The Top 10 First Round Winners of the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge will be in Canberra, Australia March 29-30 getting coaching and support for the implementation of their projects in the Pacific Region. These First Round Winners have innovative projects that represent a new way to tackle disaster response … Read More

Announcing The Top 10 First Round Winners

15/03/2016By Jamie IsbisterBlog

Written by Australian Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie Isbister Over the weekend I travelled with Australia’s Foreign Minister to Fiji to assess the support that the Australian Government is providing to Fiji to recover from the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. During the visit I was struck by the damage caused by the devastating storm, I … Read More

Challenge Accepted! What Comes Next?

11/02/2016By Eleanor GreeneBlog

The Pacific Humanitarian Challenge application has closed and we’re one step closer to #RethinkingResponse in more innovative and efficient ways! Since the challenge launched at the end of November, people around the world have engaged, including on Facebook, where posts garnered over 100,000 likes, including thousands throughout the Pacific region. Tweets tagged #RethinkingResponse reached over … Read More

How Robots Are #RethinkingResponse

25/01/2016By Davar ArdalanBlog

The Pacific Humanitarian Challenge is seeking innovative ways to prepare and respond to natural disasters in the Pacific. As the February 7, 2016 application deadline approaches, Patrick Meier, author of Digital Humanitarians, and a leading thinker in humanitarian technology and innovation, shares his thoughts about innovation in this space. 1. Your book, Digital Humanitarians, looks … Read More

Pacific Humanitarian Challenge: Gender Matters

06/01/2016By Sarah GouldingBlog

Tropical Cyclone Ula’s path through Fiji and Tonga at the start of 2016 is a reminder of just how important an opportunity the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge is for the region. In this challenge, remember, gender matters. The disasters that affect the lives of so many in the Pacific region can have a disproportionate impact on … Read More

Take the Challenge and Build a More Resilient Pacific

23/11/2015By Eleanor GreeneBlog

We’re looking for your creative solutions to prepare and respond to natural disasters in the Pacific. Beginning today and through February 7, 2016, we’re inviting citizens, innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, and technologists to help us in rethinking humanitarian response in  the areas of needs assessment, communications, logistics, and finance.   Since 1955, natural disaster events in … Read More