It is with great pleasure that the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHNetwork) announces three new members: DataKind, ESRI’s Disaster Response Program, and Geeks Without Bounds. Each of these entities reached out the DHNetwork and expressed their interest in becoming part of the lightweight network structure that aims to help build a bridge between the formal humanitarian organizations and the ever dynamic Volunteer & Technical Community. Becoming part of the network not only opens the possibility of these entities forming part of “solution teams” who solve challenges outlined by humanitarian organizations, but also a chance to learn about other V&TCs and how they could collaborate together outside the DHNetwork.
The new member entities join a great group of existing members such as GISCorp, HOT-OSM, MapAction, SBTF and the UNV Online Volunteering Service. We have received several applications to join and will work through that list over time (remember that we are volunteering our time so not every entity will be added at the same time). If you would like to get your entity involved with DHNetwork, simply complete a quick form and we will contact you shortly.
As we build out the network, we expect that it can be leveraged extensively by our traditional partners as well as help facilitate big ideas like the one Patrick Meier blogged about (Data Philanthropy for Humanitarian Response) where he essentially noted that the DHNetwork could prove to be a valuable network for private companies to collaborate with in philanthropic ways.
Welcome to our new members!