Today Tony Surma, CTO and Senior Director for Microsoft’s disaster response program, will participate in an event co-hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Security Council, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate.

 

The Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day event brings together members from the disaster response community, technologists, and entrepreneurs to examine innovations from private and public sectors that will improve disaster response and recovery.  The event is based on an initiative established by the White House following Hurricane Sandy to determine how technology can most effectively aid first responders, government organizations, and those impacted by disasters.

 

At today’s event, Surma will announce the addition of a new offering to Microsoft’s disaster response portfolio  – the Yammer survivor network.   This new offering is built upon successful previous deployments of Yammer which connect people to one another and support resources in response to the Boston Marathon Bombings and Hurricane Sandy. The private, online community spaces created by Yammer serve as connection points and support networks for survivors and responders as they recover and rebuild.

 

Watch the livestream from 1:30-3:30 EDT at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live