Currently under development, the Israel-based company SeismicAI looks to provide its customers with a commercial-grade Earthquake Early Warning system that can detect seismic activity within two seconds, reducing the amount of time to send out warning messages. The company’s goal is to replace outdated seismic models with unique physics and machine learning systems with their more cost-efficient model.

SeismicAI received:

  • USD30K in grants
  • Opportunity to showcase technology at the 2019 AVPN Conference to potential investors and partners

First founded in Indonesia in 2013, PetaBencana.id is a free web-based platform that produces megacity-scale visualisations of disasters using both crowd-sourced reporting and government agency validations in real time. The platform harnesses the heightened use of social media and instant messaging during emergency events to gather confirmed situational updates from street level, in a manner that removes the need for expensive and time-consuming data processing.

PetaBecana.id received:

  • USD20K in grants
  • Opportunity to showcase technology at the 2019 AVPN Conference to potential investors and partners

Founded by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in Washington, D.C., OpenAerialMap (OAM) is a set of tools for searching, sharing, and using, openly licensed satellite and drone imagery. The open source platform provides search and access to this imagery, which ultimately helps decrease loss time in time-sensitive decision making by providing disaster managers and responders with up-to-date, high-quality imagery data.
People in need
Headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, People in Need (PIN) co-developed and piloted the use of automated water gauges in Cambodia following the 2013 floods, which have substantially improved the responsiveness of Cambodia’s Early Warning System. The solar-powered water gauges continuously record water levels and transmit data for immediate evaluation. Where it is deemed that threshold levels have been reached, a pre-recorded audio message is sent to registered users in affected areas using Interactive voice response technology.
2019 final round judges

The Disaster Tech Innovation Competition was judged by an esteemed panel of professionals from both the profit and non-profit sectors and represent expertise from disaster management, technology and investment / grant-making. We would like to thank them for their time and invaluable advice.

The final panel was composed of the following experts:

Andrea Hajdu-Howe
Partner, Head of Global Capital:
Birger Stamperdahl
Chief Executive Officer:
Kevin Gibson
Chief Investment Officer, Equities:
Eastspring Investments
Marija Ralic
Head of APAC:
Sylvia Cadena
Head of Tech Programmes:
APNIC Foundation
Xavier Castellanos
Regional Director, Asia Pacific:
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
2019 Partners