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 needs, humanitarian logistics, and improving financial resilience.

 

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Some 15 advisors from around the world including the World Food Program, Red Cross and Google’s Alphabet spent time coaching innovators. One of the advisors, Dr. Catherine Bell is a global, independent, innovation, and environmental science consultant. Dr. Ball is also known as the “Dame of Drones.”

 

 

Many of the innovators also participated in a live YouTube broadcast to showcase their work. A parallel Twitter chat around #RethinkingResponse helped expand the reach of the challenge beyond Australia.

 

 

Learn about the innovators of #RethinkingResponse. The winners will be announced before the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.