Applications closed 7th February, 2016.

The Problem

Cyclone Pam made landfall in Vanuatu on March 12, 2015, affecting more than 188,000 people across 22 islands. In the Pacific, delivering assistance to remote and hard-to-access communities is the most significant logistics challenge. Reaching these communities effectively will save lives and reduce suffering.

Sub-Challenge One
Unlocking existing capabilities and distribution mechanisms.

Every Pacific nation transports goods to their communities through their existing supply chain. How can we leverage these supply chains? How can we utilise the sharing economy? This challenge seeks to identify existing solutions outside the Pacific Region and/or prototype new approaches that, in times of a disaster, can better leverage these existing capabilities and mechanisms, to reach remote communities in an affordable and transparent way.


  1. ‘Uber for emergencies’. An App that allows people to register their private vehicles (such as trucks, boats, helicopters) in times of crisis that could be utilised by governments and NGOs to rapidly procure transportation in a cost effective manner within the region.
  2. Novel commercial agreements that enable special access or usage during a state of emergency, for example, contractual clauses with commercial fishing fleets that allow their use in times of disaster to provide logistical support.

Sub-Challenge Two
New approaches to pre-position emergency supplies.

If local emergency supplies don't already exist, we have to transport supplies to affected communities. This challenge seeks to identify existing solutions outside the Pacific Region and/or prototype new approaches to re-think the pre-positioning of emergency supplies throughout the Pacific to meet the needs of remote communities in the first week after a disaster. What new technologies, business models and incentives could be created to affordably and practically ensure supplies are at hand when needed?


  1. Innovative business models or other strategies for local store owners, churches or other community-owned structures to maintain emergencies supplies and stimulate local market recovery post-disaster.
  2. Simple storage technologies that allow for the preservation and protection of foodstuffs, and local staple products.

More Support Information

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