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 Confronting the Challenges of Disaster Response 

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 6/22/2010  to 6/24/2010 


 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs  


 Betsy Lauer (703) 247-9473, [email protected] 





Confronting the Challenges of Disaster Response


1 May, 2010, Paper Submission Deadline
15 May, 2010, Notice of Acceptance/Rejection
22-24 Jun 2010, Accepted Papers Presented at the Technology for Hope and Help Conference and Academic Colloquium

The Call for Papers is out!    

About the Conference
AFEI and the National Institute for Science, Space and Security Centers (NISSSC) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs are presenting the first annual conference on Technology for Hope and Help.

Increasing concern over coordination and communication during a disaster response, made ever more poignant by the Chile and Haiti earthquakes, has focused greater attention on the need for technological solutions that provide hope and help. 

This conference will bring together a wide array of leaders from government and private industry to explore challenges and solutions for sharing information in times of crisis. 

The key question is how to best utilize the broad set of technological capabilities of both private sector and government to reduce suffering and save lives while increasing connectivity and interoperability.

This conference focuses on applying information technology to provide more effective coordination and communication amongst responders in disaster and emergency situations.  Stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health and related professions will meet to exchange ideas on information sharing and collaboration.

Senior level keynote speakers and panel members are expected to attend to discuss this critical topic.

This is the only conference of its kind that brings together a cross-section of the responder community to specifically address information sharing and interoperability issues at all levels of response.

In Partnership with

The National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


A U.S. Navy sailor carries a Haitian boy off a helicopter at Terminal Varreux, Haiti, Jan. 23, 2010, as the boy's mother follows behind them. The child received treatment aboard one of the U.S. Navy ships serving as a hospital in Port-au-Prince harbor, Haiti and he was later discharged. U.S. military personnel are providing aid and support to earthquake victims in Haiti.
DoD photo by Jim Garamone




Top 5 Information Technologies for Disaster Response

  • Telecommunications & Networking
  • Informatics
  • Data Management and Dissemination
  • Geo-spatial
  • Security

This is a call for papers from academics, policy makers, and practitioners interested in presenting at the colloquium and addressing serious challenges facing the responder community – across the globe. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:


Requirements for tools and technology necessary for increased connectivity and interoperability

2. Pinpointing technical issues involved with establishing interoperability across multiple levels and types of organizations

Identifying impediments and organizational issues around resourcing, governance, command and control, as well as readiness and training


Understanding how industry can better support the needs of the responder and community

Papers submitted for consideration may be previously published or under separate review, but should not be copyright bound to preclude publication as part of the colloquium proceedings. Papers will be peer-reviewed by selected subject matter experts from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, AFEI, among others.

Download the Call For Papers here

1 May, 2010, Paper Submission Deadline
15 May, 2010, Notice of Acceptance/Rejection
22-24 Jun 2010, Technology for Hope and Help Conference and Academic Colloquium


June 22

Morning Session - Setting the Stage

- Keynote Addresses - Critical Needs, Enduring Solutions
- Lessons Learned from Haiti Earthquake Relief

Afternoon Session - Policy Issues

- Organizational Equities - Understanding the Landscape
- All Disasters Are Local - Getting Support On-time and On-target
- Government/Government and Government/Private Sector Interoperability Issues
- International Dimension to Disaster Relief
- Governance, Security and Human Rights

Networking Reception

June 23

Morning Session - Communication and Interoperability

- Technology Driven Collaboration and Communication
- Operational Imperatives - Technological Capabilities
- Overcoming Persistent Interoperability Challenges
- Planning for the Inevitable

Afternoon Session - Paper Presentations

June 24

Morning Session

- Closing Keynotes
- Industry Perspectives
- Summary and way ahead for 2011 Conference


The Conference will be held on the campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

The majestic Pikes Peak provides a spectacular backdrop for the UCCS campus and is an outstanding setting for this conference. 

With over 50 major area attractions, 350 miles of scenic trails and 20,000 acres of parks and recreation space, the Pikes Peak region offers conference attendees plenty of options for activity.

On-campus lodging facilities will be offered to conference attendees at an attractive price, and first-rate hotels are very close by.

Watch this space for more information on how to reserve on-campus lodging. 



UCCS Campus Accommodations

Accommodations on the campus will be made available, including a limited number of family-oriented suites, at attractive prices. These accommodations include free on-campus parking and access to University recreational facilities. 

More information will be available shortly on campus accommodations. 

Hotels in the Area

There are a number of hotels within easy driving distance. 

Marriott Colorado Springs
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919 USA
Phone:  1-719-260-1800
Fax:  1-719-260-1492
The Marriott is offering the Government Per Diem of $88/night. To reserve, call 1-800-932-2151 and mention "Technology for Hope & Help Meeting". The rate should be available through May 21, 2010. The Marriott offers free shuttle service to/from the University

TownPlace Suites Colorado Springs
4760 Centennial Blvd.
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919 USA
Phone:  1-719-594-4447
Fax:  1-719-594-4448

Fairfield Inn Colorado Springs North 
7085 Commerce Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919 USA
Phone:  1-719-533-1903
Fax:  1-719-533-1903

Residence Inn Colorado Springs Central
3880 North Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 USA
Phone:  1-719-574-0370
Fax:  1-719-574-7821

Hyatt Place Colorado Springs/Garden of the Gods
503 West Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80907 USA
Phone: 1-719-265-9385
Fax: 1-719-532-1594

Quality Inn & Suites Garden of the Gods
555 W. Garden of Gods Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO, US, 80907
Phone: (719) 593-9119
Fax: (719) 260-038

For other hotel options in the Colorado Springs area, we recommend searching online at To help your search, the address of the UCCS campus is 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918.



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Registration Policy
Please do not fax or mail any registrations after June 11, 2010.  After this date, please bring a registration form with you to register onsite at the conference.  Registrations will not be taken over the phone.  Payment must be made at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received before May 28, 2010 will receive a full refund.  Cancellations received after May 28, 2010 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after June 11, 2010.  Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations. Substitutions and cancellations must be made in writing to [email protected].


Get contacts, knowledge and tips to:

  • Establish inter-agency communications
  • Securely share authoritative information and situational awareness
  • Connect governance and command structures
  • Protect and re-establish infrastructure capabilities
  • Deploy the right resources to crisis sites the right time
  • Discover business opportunities to support crisis management needs and priorities 


Professionals from all levels of government, private industry and other sectors who are involved in or interested in crisis response management should attend this event.

A GOES-12 1 km visible satellite image of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2005 at 1545z. At that time, the storm was at Category 5 strength and projected to impact New Orleans.

Copyright: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)