November 2014 Chapter Meeting

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Disruptive innovations in the tech community are changing the way we work every day.  Come hear about a growing number of technology platforms that will change how we recover in future earthquakes.  Join the EERI Northern California Chapter for an evening with tech and find out:  What’s shaking in the app world?

Time5:30-7:30pm (5:30pm Networking; 6.00pm Program)
LocationABAG Auditorium 101 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (Map) by Wednesday November 5th. Please RSVP so that we order enough food; however, don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!


Title: Airbnb Disaster Relief
Program Speaker: Molly Turner (Airbnb)

Molly is the Head of Civic Partnerships at Airbnb, where she built and directs the company’s public-private partnerships program. She works with the Airbnb local community and their civic leaders on a variety of projects focused on sustainability, economic development, resiliency and hospitality. She also directs Airbnb’s policy research examining the business model’s various impacts on urban economics, environment and communities.
When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, Airbnb altered its website to ensure hosts could take in displaced neighbors for free. In 2013, Airbnb expanded these efforts with a disaster response initiative that makes it easy for Airbnb hosts to provide space for people in need at little or no cost when disasters strike. Today, Airbnb has a Global Disaster Relief Program through which the company works with the local emergency management authorities before, during, and after disasters to leverage the Airbnb community’s resources to build resilience in these cities.

Title: Modern Mobile Data Collection during Disasters
Speaker: Ragi Burhum (AmigoCloud)

Ragi began his geospatial career over a decade ago as an engineer at ESRI, where he worked on the Geodatabase team creating, designing, and maintaining ArcGIS core components. At Microsoft, he worked on the main GIS data pipeline of Microsoft Flight Simulator. He ran a successful GIS consulting company in the Bay Area where he helped organizations like NVIDIA and CSR with their GIS challenges. In addition to founding GeoMeetup, the largest developer-centric geospatial Meetup in the world, Ragi is also heavily involved in Open Source GIS Software (he is an active OSGeo Charter member) and often contributes code to O.S. geospatial projects (e.g. as a committer in GDAL) that are the foundation of several Open GIS applications worldwide.

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