Wednesday, October 6
London, UK
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Wednesday, October 6 • 14:00 - 14:30
Exploring OSPOs and Open Methods in Humanitarian Response - Heather Leson, Solferino Academy, & International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies & Pete Masters, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

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Advocating and implementing open source products/services in humanitarian response is not new. Humanitarian organizations are still grappling on how to collaborate and build on the potential opportunities, including exploring how OPSOs might support these efforts. How can we move beyond individual products/pilots, and shift to a more coordinated approach? Linking with open source communities/partners and volunteer/technical communities (e.g. be good open citizens) must align with digital transformation considerations, humanitarian principles, core organizational strategies, while being effective in our use of open source, open data and open organization principles. In this talk, we will explore case studies (or experiences), insights, failures, lessons, methodologies, and models that might position an organization to set up an OSPO and/or prioritize for new ways of working with more open source in a digital age. We also seek the OSPO network’s input on ways forward to open up humanitarian work.


Pete Masters

Head of Community, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
Pete leads the community team at HOT (the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team), with a focus on supporting the evolution of local community power and problem solving through open geographical data and participatory mapping. He also has a long history with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF... Read More →

Heather Leson

Digital Innovation Lead, Solferino Academy & International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies
Heather Leson is driven by a world where everyone lends a hand. As a technologist, she is focused on social impact by using human-centered design approaches, social entrepreneurship, and innovation methodologies. She builds partnerships, open governance and drives organizational change... Read More →

Wednesday October 6, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 BST
Partnership Suite
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