Organizer's Note added at 8/11, 4:30 p.m. EDT:
The two ways you can participate online...
2) Via Twitter and #crisisdata hashtag. There will be a formal Twitter chat at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT featuring questions from @ntenhross and @ikepigott.
Social media has radically changed how people communicate, including their calls for help. Now, people Tweet, add a Facebook status or text about a natural disaster. Emergency and disaster response organizations are working to develop a process to address this and harness the communication power of new media.
As a result, the American Red Cross is hosting the Emergency Social Data Summit on Thursday August 12, 2010, in Washington, D.C. to bring together government agencies, emergency management professionals, disaster response organizations, tech companies and concerned citizens to address how to reply to these digital cries for help more effectively.
The conference will be UStreamed live and will include a number of opportunities to engage over social media channels during the day.
Speakers will include:
- Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red Cross
- Macon Phillips, Special Assistant to the President and Director of New Media, White House
- Robert Scoble, blogger and VP, Customer Advocacy, Rackspace
- Heather Blanchard, Co-founder Crisis Commons Forming a common language
- Suzy DeFrancis, Chief Public Affairs Officer, American Red Cross
- Trevor Riggen, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services, American Red Cross
- Patrick Meier, Ushahidi
- Kate Starbird, Project EPIC
- Melissa Elliott, Citizen
- Christopher Penn, Podcamp, Moderator
- Andrew Noyes, Facebook
- Amy Morris, Federal News Radio
- Jeremy Heidt, Tennessee Emergency Management
- Merni Fitzgerald, Fairfax County Emergency Management
- Jack Holt, Department of Defense
And many others.
Register now to attend the online UStream conference. Also, please visit the main Emergency Social Data Summit page for more information.
When & Where
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.