Innovations in Tech-Enabled Disaster Management

  • Online
  • For Certification
Starts the week of

July 14, 2016

Course ends on

September 8, 2016

Application Deadline

May 27, 2016

Passionate about Innovations in Disaster Management?

  • Are you working on a project that uses technology to aid those in a disaster-affected community? Or to better prepare communities or manage resources and people during a disaster?
  • Are you working on a project in disaster management where you want to learn more about how to use technology to make your work more effective?
  • Do you want to learn from peers and experts about applying more collaborative and open approaches using the internet?

Course Description

Innovations in Disaster Management is a ten week online coaching program designed to convene government, social and civic entrepreneurs (both individuals and teams) who are developing projects that have the potential to tackle the pressing needs of people in disaster-affected communities. Whether your project is nonprofit or for-profit and whether you are focusing on disaster preparedness, disaster management or disaster relief, this program aims, through peer-to-peer support and expert coaching and mentoring, to help humanitarian innovators implement, scale, and assess effective projects.

Ideal participants are those who have already identified a project and/or have a project underway and have clear insight into the problem they are trying to ameliorate. Projects might aim to tackle diverse issues from the protection of vulnerable populations, to strengthening health initiatives, to providing shelter, education, and livelihood opportunities. They will have in common the application of open, data-driven, bottom-up and collaborative approaches. A public interest and public engagement focus should ultimately be the driving force behind the projects.

The GovLab Academy coaching programs have helped 450 government, social and civic entrepreneurs take 250 projects from idea to implementation. We aim to help you “cross the chasm” from idea to implementation and help you scale.

Course Format

1 faculty-led session every other week for 2 hours (one hour is with a guest expert and one hour is an all-group session); and a personalized schedule of peer-to-peer and one-on-one coaching sessions.

More Information

Fee: $250 per project. Each project can have a team of up to 5 participants.

The $250 fee helps to cover the stipend that we offer to coaches to compensate them for their time. We hope to offer financial aid scholarships to help international teams that would otherwise not be able to participate in the coaching program due to financial constraints. If your team would like to be considered for a scholarship (should your project be selected), please check the box in your application. More details will follow.


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