Improving Emergency Communications through the Private Sector Innovation
WASHINGTON— Closing the gap between the public safety community and private sector innovators has the potential to save lives by vastly improving the way emergency responders communicate during an incident with each other, the authorities, and the citizens they serve.
To discuss the current and future technology innovations that aim to enhance emergency operations the Wilson Center and the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation will convene a panel of experts from the private sector and the Department of Homeland Security. The panel will debate the methods for forging the public-private partnerships necessary for the success of a national public safety broadband network.
Morgan Wright, Vice-President, Global Public Safety Segment, Alcatel-Lucent (Moderator)
Bill Maheu, Senior Director, Qualcomm
Bronwyn Agrios, Project Manager – Social Media, ESRI
Rick Zak, Director of Justice & Public Safety Solutions, Microsoft
Chris Essid, Director, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
When: Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. EDT
Where: The Wilson Center, 5th Floor Board Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Federal Triangle Metro)
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Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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