Established in 2006, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) from World Bank is a partnership of 41 countries and 8 international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change. GFDRR held Code For Resilience, Code for Resilience partners local technologists with disaster risk management experts to catalyze software and hardware innovations that improve communities’ ability to address challenges around natural disasters.
Understanding Risk Forum is a global conference in the fields of disaster risk reduction. Every two years, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) held the UR Forum—a five-day event designed to showcase best practices and the latest technical advances in disaster risk assessment. The forum itself provides organizations with the opportunity to highlight new activities and initiatives, build new partnerships, and foster advances in the field. Previous events have been held in Washington D.C and Cape Town.
The third biennial forum was held in London, UK in June 30 until July 4 2014. With the theme “Actionable Information”, which aims to provide information that could be generated into action steps for disaster reduction and recovery. The conference delegates consists of experts from representatives in the government sector, non-governmental organization, academic institutions, society based organization, etc. This year’s forum is organized in partnership with University College London (UCL) and the GFDRR.
The following description gives the background of Quick Disaster team’s journey to London, UK. It was an honor for us, the Quick Disaster team, to receive a prestigious award from World Bank as the Global Winner. The Quick Disaster team has managed to go through the competition process after being selected as first the ten finalists, and finally being selected a winner from applicants from around the world. The main judge in this competition consists of 9 people that were experts in the science field.
This year, Code For Resilience chose three teams from around the world. The other two teams are Nigechizu from Japan, which means Evacuation Map, is a method to visualize the proper evacuation route and time in the vulnerable areas for Tsunami. While then the residents will be enthused and alerted to recognize the risk of Tsunami using there own time and effort. Their application. Second, the Jakarta Flood Alert team from our friends in Universitas Indonesia (UI) who also won the People Choice Awards. The application functions to monitor 14 sluices’ activities in Jakarta, where users will get the latest information about the sluices’ condition and the chance of upcoming flood in certain places. And yes, Indonesia has two representatives in Code For Resilience this year. One reason to be proud of the capacity of youth and developers Indonesia. Besides attending and receiving the award at URF 2014, winners get to showcase the application they developed starting from the objectives, how it works which includes the features and perhaps technological aspects supporting it and hopes for future development.
The following event was also showcased in World Bank’s website.
Besides having a chance to attend the Understanding Risk Forum, representatives of winners also got the chance to participate in study tours to London’s most valuable workplaces. The followings are Impact Hub Westminster, Mozilla and Google Campus London. The first destination starts off at Impact Hub Westminster. Impact Hub Westminster is one of the largest of a global network of locally owned collaborative working spaces, which primary aim is to support organizations with positive social and environmental impact at the heart of their missions.
I gained a learning that I can perhaps relate to my previous experience in being to be involved in a non-profit organization which aims for social impact, AIESEC, opens my mind about how another element wanted to create positive impact through a different platform. In AIESEC case, we want to create social impact through creating more leaders, which we do it by giving them the platform to go exchange. Once they came home, it is expected their leadership ability for themselves and for other people and they can be a better element in the society. It also applies on team member program but through the operations. And I learned how many institutions are working on developing a solution for existing problems that mostly for social impact. “Solving a Social Problem” // or a problem that applies in human’s everyday life became a new positive trend that the world are already conscious and aware of. Being (too much) in AIESEC for quite a while makes my mind “tick” every time hearing the word “Social Impact” (:P)
In Impact Hub, the environment and services are designed to incubate the growth and impact of all our members through collaboration and support. Impact Hub Westminster also mentions that they host a continuous flow of interesting and relevant events and programmes providing a stream of learning and networking opportunities for its members. Sounds interesting, right? Impact Hub Westminster alone consists 1000+ members in London connecting at regular events to support and inspire each other on our impact journeys. A tour around the workspace explained about the unique culture they have in order to make the people working there bond with each other, and not just stick their focus to the laptop monitor. After having a tour around the workspace, the Quick Disaster team receives a session from Ordnance Survey International and GeoVation. Arriving in various of fields, these innovations actually has a red line in doing their mission – that is to enhance creativity, collaboration and problem-solver culture.
After that, we also got the chance to have discussions in Mozilla London. We went for a tour around the workplace followed by valuable discussions. The discussion mainly contains explanation about the disaster application the teams developed and brainstorming about the plans on how the teams can develop it to be useful in the near future.
The last destination is Google Campus London, one of the best workspace in London created by Google. Campus London has a mission to create an environment that encourages innovation through collaboration, mentorship, and networking. With speedy wifi, a café, frequent networking and speaking events, and coworking space, Campus London is seven floors dedicated to startup success. Its main purpose is to give a platform for people who wants to create or develop their start ups and drive them for success. The team also got a presentation session about Campus London; starting from it’s mission, purpose, facilities, followed by a tour around the place. The place consists of techhub, cafe, Google workplaces, etc. In the end of the day we finally closed our day – discussions and round of study tour – with Pizzas! (Too bad I didn’t get to take a picture of the scene)
I was really inspired by this experience. The people I met also inspires me a lot, I was thankful that I got to talk and discuss things with them, the experts in various of fields. Reconfirming my sentence that “Solving a Social Problem” // or a problem that applies in human’s everyday life became a new positive trend that the world are already conscious and aware of. It’s a good thing that the starting point is already there, it just needed more widespread for the awareness so that every people in the world, especially in developing countries can move forward together. For not a long amount of time, I gained a lot of inspiration and knowledge about a lot of things, especially the work culture in London.
It was actually like a dream for me. Not because the fact of just having the chance of going aboard to Europe, but the fact that the destined country needs to be UK—specifically London. I, myself have quite a fan of the british. Starting from it’s music, the city, now here I am getting the chance with a better purpose. Not for a holiday, not for seeing a british music festival after saving up money for an amount of time (which in fact I’d love to in the future!) but representing Indonesia, UGM and students for an academic achievement. So yeah, there is no dream that seems impossible.
A dream just seem impossible if you’re not doing anything about it.