By Dharma Gutierrez | May 27th, 2022
Advances in technology such as artificial intelligence, edge connection, supercomputing, satellite communications, and mobile devices are opening up new possibilities for disaster prevention and response. These advances, when combined, can help reduce loss of life, property, and infrastructure.
This Hello Wednesday virtual public event features presentations and discussions from the members of a unique collaboration between Orange Silicon Valley, NVIDIA, Balcony Labs, and Orange Business Services who are testing an applicable solution that draws on these innovations. Get to learn more about our guest experts below.
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Dr. Andrew Schroeder is the Vice President of Research and Analysis for Direct Relief. He leads Direct Relief’s work in GIS mapping, health analysis, and humanitarian innovation, with a focus on health-emergency responses. He is the co-coordinator of the CrisisReady project, a global research and response platform focused on integrating novel private data sources into emergency responses. In 2015, Dr. Schroeder co-founded WeRobotics.org, a nonprofit organization that builds networks for robotics applications focused on global health and humanitarian aid.
Aside from Direct Relief, Dr. Schroeder has worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) on humanitarian technology applications.
Alison Lowndes works as NVIDIA‘s Global AI Senior Scientist. She began as NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Solutions Architect in 2015 and is now responsible for applied Artificial Intelligence both around the globe and off Earth, in Space. A mature graduate in AI, Lowndes combines technical and theoretical computer science with astrophysics. She consults on a wide range of applications, including planetary defense with NASA, ESA, and the United Nations. Lowndes also works closely with world governments, advising them on how to harness AI for economic growth, national security, and climate action with NVIDIA’s GPU Computing platform. Lowndes also shares over 25 years of experience in international project management, entrepreneurial activities, and the internet.
Lorraine Chin has been evolving in the Orange group for many years. A professional with experience in the ICT service provider industry and a passion for sustainability in urban environments, Chin currently works as a Smart Cities Business Development Executive inside Orange Business Services. In her career, Chin has led business development and bid management activities across the Orange group’s footprint, encompassing Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
David Hammel is the founder and CEO of Balcony, a geo-communication solution for local governments, NGOs, and enterprises. Based in California, Balcony equips organizations with the ability to geo-chat with others to generate greater situational awareness and deliver urgent information in real-time. With Balcony, users can instantly understand what is happening on the ground, reach out to others to request clarity or give instructions, and make smart decisions that reflect dynamic local realities. Before Balcony, Hammel co-founded Vioozer, a location-based crowd-sensing platform that supplies up-to-date information from locations of interest.