Crisis Signals Workshop: Mobile conflict monitoring in Myanmar

Invite-only working group to prototype information management solutions for conflict-monitoring in northern Myanmar.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


April 01, 2017 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Invitation only:

In the north of Myanmar (Kachin and Shan States) war has claimed the lives of thousands and displaced more than 100,000, most of which do not have access to international humanitarian assistance. Away from the spotlight, these populations regularly suffer human rights abuses.

A collection of national and international non-profit organizations and technology developers are eager to test a conflict-monitoring pilot project in northern Myanmar, with a particular focus on documentation of conflict-related incidents to increase national and international transparency, enable conflict prevention, and support advocacy for conflict resolution and humanitarian action.

Join us in an invite-only session to support this conflict monitoring pilot project. With your help our working group will:

  • Help to guide the Myanmar-based project team through the problem identification, ideation, and resourcing phases of the project.
  • Build and deploy a risk mitigation framework for pilot phase.
  • Broker financial and in-kind support for the field team and help develop a business strategy for taking the solution to market.

The objective is to help produce a Proof of Concept, Project Action Plan, and Risk Mitigation Framework.


Joseph Guay
Humanitarian Innovation Specialist

Joseph Guay is an Associate at The Policy Lab  who has developed innovation strategies for the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI), World Vision’s Nepal Innovation Lab (NLab), the Global Protection Cluster at UNHCR, and the inter-agency Response Innovation Lab (RIL) drawing from Strategic and Evidence-based Design, Local Strategies Research, and systems thinking. Joe has helped developed information management solutions for human rights and humanitarian work, first at the Satellite Sentinel Project at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and later–through his teaching at Northeastern University’s Geographic Information Technology program—by providing remote-based information management and crowd-sourcing support for the Ebola pandemic (2014) and Nepal earthquake (2015) responses.

Photo: Inle Lake, Evening, via Wikimedia Commons