Yes it was held 2 years ago but the essence of this conference further highlights the opportunities of using smart phones in a humanitarian crisis. NOMAD, the company said:
"These new features will add to an already impressive array of functions smartphone-based data collection tools are allowing aid workers to perform in the field. These include: the ability to snap pictures, record GPS coordinates and other spatial data for maps and graphics, scan bar codes for keeping track of inventories, input survey responses gathered in remote field locations and transmit all this data to secure servers and command centers instantaneously. The less time it takes to collect, upload and analyse data, the quicker humanitarian agencies can understand and respond to the needs of poor communities or populations devastated by natural disasters or violent conflict."
NOMAD used the event to mainly focus on using technology to improve efficiencies of cataloguing, monitoring and the distribution of aid. A really interesting read: http://www.elrha.org/hif-blog/smartening-nomad-2013-paris-workshop/
Another great quote from NOMAD, "The advantages of using mobile tools for data collection in humanitarian and development setting is increasingly harder to disregard."
For more information about NOMAD visit their website at: http://humanitarian-nomad.org
I will be contacting them to try and arrange a meeting.