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Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

This event was held on Tuesday 19 July. The recording is available below.

We spoke about our experience of combining collective intelligence and AI at the frontline of humanitarian innovation. We shared the results of a year-long partnership with the Nepal and Cameroon Red Cross National Societies where we prototyped new collective crisis intelligence solutions to tackle covid misinformation, and predict the aid communities need after a crisis.

What is the event?

In April 2021, the Centre for Collective Intelligence Design, in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), launched a new project to research, design and test new collective crisis intelligence (CCI) solutions.

Collective crisis intelligence combines on-the-ground intelligence from affected communities and frontline responders, with artificial intelligence (AI) for more effective crisis mitigation, response or recovery.

One year on, we’ve published the results. At this event, we discussed:

  • ‘NFRI predict’: a tool that can predict the most essential aid Items items for different types of households in different regions after a flood
  • ‘Report and Respond’: an SMS-based tool that helps Red Cross volunteers track and respond to covid misinformation in the community in real-time
  • How we developed these tools using Nesta’s ‘participatory AI’ methodology
  • Key takeaways for the sector as a whole, and the lessons learned

We finished the event with a Q&A with the project team, including Red Cross Red Crescent Societies staff, local data science fellows and researchers from Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence and Data Analytics teams.

The project was funded by a grant from the UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub (UKHIH), which is funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and hosted by Elrha - a global humanitarian organisation and the UK’s leading independent supporter of humanitarian innovation and research.

Who is it for and why should I come?

This event is for anyone interested in exploring new methods for humanitarian action, innovation funders and technologists for social good.

The opinions expressed in this event recording are those of the speakers. For more information, view our full statement on external contributors.


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