Wednesday, June 02, 2010

IT for for Disasters and Development

A free Workshop on "Information Technology Solutions for Disasters and Development" will be held by the Sahana Foundation in Delhi, India, 2 to 5 July 2010.
SahanaCamp 2nd - 5th July 2010
For Programmers and Web Designers who are interested in building Information Technology Solutions for Disasters and Development

Sahana Workshop "Information Technology Solutions for Disasters and Development"
3rd July 2010
For people working for GOs/UN/Government/Other Agencies and others interested in Information Technology Solutions for Disasters and Development

Location: Sarai-CSDS, 29 Rajpur Road, Civil Lines, Delhi - 110054 India

Cost: FREE

Applications: Spaces are limited. Applications close 14th June:

Sahana is a Free and Open Source Disaster Management System which was started in Sri Lanka after the 2004 Tsunami. It is a web based collaboration tool that addresses the common coordination problems during a disaster from finding missing people, managing aid, managing volunteers, tracking camps effectively between Government groups, the civil society (NGOs) and the
people affected by disasters.


Sahana Workshop is a one day event which will provide an introduction to how information technology can be used to assist organisations working in
disasters and development. It will include opportunities to share experiences and lessons learned with others who have worked in this area.

You'll get hand on experience using the Sahana Eden platform which was deployed in response to the Earthquake in Haiti and includes SMS and Mapping technologies.

Finally, you'll have the opportunity to share your real world needs for information technology solutions to provide input for the future development of Sahana.

SahanaCamp is a four day long intensive event, for programmers and web designers who are involved or interested in helping organizations working in Disasters and Development. You will be introduced to programming in Python on the Sahana Eden Rapid Application Development (RAD) platform. You will be developing real solutions to meet real needs such as Logistics, Organisational Management and Mapping or according to your needs. You'll be working aside members of the core Sahana Eden development team, who will be there to support and encourage you along. SahanaCamp would be ideal for programmers and web designers who are developing solution for Disasters and Development organizations.

Participants are expected to have existing programming or design skills (and will certainly learn some new ones during the camp!).


Sarai is a programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, (CSDS) one of India's leading research institutes with a commitment to critical and dissenting thought and a focus on critically expanding the horizons of the discourse on development, particularly with reference to South Asia. We are a coalition of researchers and practitioners with a commitment towards developing a model of research-practice that is public
and creative, in which multiple voices express and render themselves in a variety of forms.

For more information, please contact or visit

Could you please share this invitation amongst your networks and with other who may be interested.


Michael Howden

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