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Workshop on Humanitarian Communication Applications

June 11, 2012

The IEEE Canada Atlantic Section Humanitarian Initiatives Committee invite you to attend a workshop on how communications technology can improve the lives of people around the world. The workshop is occurring in Ottawa as part of IEEE-ICC, and is being webcast to Halifax.

Title of Talk: Workshop on Humanitarian Communication Applications
Speaker: Stephen Rayment, CTO Ericsson Carrier WiFi
André L. Brandão, Communications Research Centre – CRC, Industry Canada
Michael Christensen, Spectrum Information Technologies and Telecommunications – SITT, Industry Canada
Martin Murillo, IEEE HTC Data Connectivity technical lead
David Wright, Telfer School of Business, University of Ottawa
Date/Time: June 11th, 2012. 9AM – 6PM
Place: Room C104, Dalhousie University Sexton Campus
Refreshments: Light snacks and refreshments will be provided to the attendees
RSVP: Registration is required but there is no cost.Register Here
Local Contact: Colin O’Flynn: coflynn <at> ieee <dot> org

Workshop on Humanitarian Applications of Communications

Can communications really be considered ‘humanitarian’? While many people envision broadband communications being synonymous with wasting time on YouTube or Facebook, for some people connectivity can be the difference between life and death. Thanks to a communications link in Peru, several remote villages now have the ability to get instant consultations with doctors and specialists. When the alternative is a multiday trek, that video link becomes a lifesaver. In Northern Ontario broadband connectivity lets rural users complete training and education that would otherwise require them to move to a larger city.

As part of the IEEE International Conference in Communications in Ottawa, a workshop is being held to discuss both the technical and logistical challenges of delivering communication to remote areas. Halifax is hosting a webcast of the event, along with local live discussions about each presentation and the issues raised. Whether you are a humanitarian worker, engineer, student, or business leader we encourage you to come and discuss your thoughts on humanitarian applications of communications technology.

Full details of the event are forthcomming. A full agenda will be posted here & sent by e-mail to all registered attendees.

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