Can social data protect populations and improve human well-being? UN Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General tasked with using data technologies to monitor the impacts of global crisis, improve policy and detect human vulnerabilities. Global Pulse's Robert Kirkpatrick will talk about how social data is transforming communities, improving global readiness and impacting social and public policy for governments and aid organizations around the world.
Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the Secretary-General harnessing Big Data and real-time analytics for global development and crisis resilience. Robert was the founding CTO of the Silicon Valley global health and disaster technology NGO InSTEDD, and the co-founder of Microsoft Humanitarian Systems. He has spent more than 15 years developing solutions for public and private sector organizations, with a focus on organizational change. He has done fieldwork in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Uganda, Indonesia, Cambodia, and post-Katrina New Orleans.