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InSTEDD - Where 2.0

Dec 01, 2014





  • 1. that you will help build a global system to detect each new disease or disaster as quickly as it emerges

2. InSTEDD Overview

  • Public launch in January 2008.
  • 501(3)c non-profit based in Palo Alto, CA
  • Initial funding from, now funded by Rockefeller Foundation, John Doerr, and others.
  • Iterative design-centric development culture
  • Functions as an innovation lab for developing novel approaches to challenges in the field.

3. From a faint signal to collective action Merge & Analyze Media Journals ICS Operations Collective understanding Event Characterization Response initiation Realtime feedback Immediate analysis & Decision making capacity Peer- to peer information sharing and collaboration Informed collective action Realtime feedback and coordination Proactive education & preparation 4. A few of the challenges 5. Laptop from LTC Susanna Roughton, RAMC Physician-Epidemiologist British Royal Army Az Zubair, Iraq - 2003 Our environments areharsh . Tough environments drive innovation. 6. Platform Development Strategy Innovate only where we must

  • Gather requirements in the field.
  • Solicit ideas from a wide audience.
  • Repurpose existing tools with potential for humanitarianuse.
  • Partner with key public and private sector organizations.
  • Build wherever gaps remain.
  • Integrate into the InSTEDD Platform.
  • Iterate

Agile Development Process 7. InSTEDD Field Lab Participatory ethnography meets natural selection

  • Humanitarian field practitioners work in extreme conditions.
  • Ourtools have to work wheretheywork.
  • Sowe go to the field.

We learn by failing fast and failing often.In the end, we hope our tools will be more reliable, easier to use, and closer to what is needed. 8. Steung Treng Province, northern Cambodia February 2008 If I can make it here 9. Mesh4x: Applications and Libraries for a Diverse Ecosystem

  • Open source implementation of FeedSync architecture, an open spec for data meshes
  • Synchronize between applications and devices
  • Work online or offline.
  • Redundant, standards-based, socially neutral
  • Currently in Java and C#
  • Latest adapters: Hibernate, KML. More on the way.
  • HTTP Sync Service at .
  • Hosted on Google Code, see

10. Cyclone Nargis Response

  • Virtual instance of Sahana hosted at
  • Currently coordinating localization into Burmese.98% complete.
  • Have accelerated release schedule for GeoChat and KML sync service, based on requests from users in the region.