Thank-you to our ‘lightning talks’ speakers #sibsyd

Huge thanks to the speakers at our ‘lightning talks’ at our recent unconference, we really appreciate their efforts in sharing their remarkable and inspiring stories:

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Thank-you Anthony Baxter from Google #sibsyd

Anthony Baxter from Google gave an awesome and inspiring talk about the work of Google’s Crisis Response Team and how we can all collaborate to help out during disasters.

We just wanted to thank Anthony for taking the time to share his ideas and experiences with us at Social Innovation Sydney Unconference last weekend.

You can find out more about Google’s  Crisis Response team and make contact with Anthony via Twitter @anthonybaxter.

Unconference 13th of Aug – where, when & what?

All the details for this Saturday’s Unconference

Where:

COFA
Cnr of Greens Rd & Oxford St
Paddington (map)

Keynote and Lightning talks will be held in the EG02 lecture theatre.
Map COFA Map (opens PDF)

Unconference will be held in the F Building on level 2, at COFA in Paddington NSW.

Coffee is available on campus.

REGISTER NOW FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION SYDNEY UNCONFERENCE 13 AUG 2011

When:

Structure of the day:

Main room (EG02) Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
9:30 am Registration
10:00 Key note
10:45 Lightning talks
12:15pm Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
2:30pm Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
3:15pm Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
4pm Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
4:45pm Future Kucha
5:30pm Close –
Finale drinks

What:

What’s an Unconference?

An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.

“there is no agenda until .. the attendees make it up.”

For more details see on the Unconference format for #sibsyd see here

See you on Saturday

REGISTER NOW FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION SYDNEY UNCONFERENCE 13 AUG 2011

Map to help find your way around COFA:

(you can download a PDF of this map here too)

Keynote 13 Aug: Anthony Baxter, Google Crisis Response Team

We’re delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for the next Social Innovation Sydney Unconference on 13 August 2011 is:

Anthony Baxter from the Google Crisis Response Team

Anthony is a geek who works at Google Australia. Among other things, he works with Google.org’s Crisis Response team on rapid response to disasters. He also tweets @anthonybaxter.

This team has helped out during a number of disasters, for example:

  • Japan Earthquake and Tsunami,
  • Christchurch Earthquake,
  • Brazil Floods and Landslides, and the
  • Australia Floods.

Anthony is going to talk about some of the Crisis Response activities, things they’ve learned, and some ways that we can help make the world a better and safer place.

REGISTER NOW FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION SYDNEY UNCONFERENCE 13 AUG 2011

About Google Crisis Response

This is a great example of social innovation. It was setup by Google to focus on technology-driven philanthropy via Google.org.

The Crisis Response team works to make critical information more accessible when natural disasters and humanitarian crises strike.

Ways that the Crisis Response Team help out include:

  • Organizing emergency alerts, news updates and donation opportunities, and making this information visible through Google’s wide web presence
  • Building engineering tools that enable better communication and collaboration among crisis responders and among victims such as Person Finder and Resource Finder
  • Providing updated satellite imagery and maps of affected areas to illustrate infrastructure damage and help relief organizations navigate disaster zones
  • Supporting the rebuilding of network infrastructure where it has been damaged to enable access to the Internet
  • Donating to charitable organizations that are providing direct relief on-the-ground

Unconference 13th August: Local Social Innovation Activists Share their Ideas #sibsyd

Less than two weeks until the next Social Innovation Sydney event and we’re excited to announce lightning talks by local activists in social innovation:

These talks will frame the day, and give you the chance to dig deeper into some key issues.

The usual unconference rules apply:

  • there are no bystanders – everyone participates in creating the content, and
  • we all connect openly and help to the create the Sydney that we dream of.

Stay tuned – we’ll announce the keynote speaker shortly.