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The goal of the Hackaton is to bring together and introduce both non-GEOINT and GEOINT-savvy coders to interesting problems requiring inventive coding solutions. In addition to enabling participation from the non-GEOINT coding world, the end result will be a working code base that performs a specifically requested set of functions or provides answers as outputs.

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The theme adopted for the 2015 High-level Political Forum is: Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015. 

The High-level Political Forum on sustainable development is the main United Nations platform dealing with sustainable development. It provides political leadership and guidance; follows up and review progress in implementing sustainable development commitments and addresses new and emerging sustainable development challenges; enhances the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. 

Disaster management and vulnerability and climate change are among the themes to be addressed during the forum. The links between these topics and sustainable development are strong, natural disasters and climate change will know no boundaries, poor and developing countries, particularly the LDCs, will be among those most adversely affected and least able to cope with the anticipated shocks to their…

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Background:

Experts are monitoring the development of one of the largest El Niño events of the last 50 years, and notably, the largest since the 1997-98 event that shocked global food, water, health, energy and disaster-response systems. The current El Niño is expected to peak by the end of the calendar year. It offers a unique opportunity for governments, scientists, economists, humanitarian agencies, development professionals and the media to define the research and development agenda for enhanced climate resilience and sustainable development.

In an effort to increase scientific understanding of this event and help boost resilience, a high-level El Niño conference will take place on Nov. 17 and 18, 2015. It is jointly organized by the International Research…

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The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) is proud to partner with Unmanned Experts (UMEX) to offer another hands-on dedicated course on UAV missions for humanitarian and development professionals. The mission of UAViators is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs in a wide range of humanitarian and development settings. Offering and co-teaching hands-on training courses in partnership with leading UAV experts is integral to furthering this mission. Unmanned Experts is a team of trainers, consultants, researchers and pilots with over 25,000 hours of unmanned flight time and 35,000 hours in manned aircraft. A leader in UAV training and operations, UMEX is excited to apply their experience and expertise to helping in times of need and assisting aid organizations become smart consumers of UAV services.

The 3-day professional course will take place just outside of Washington DC…

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The Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University (CIGIT), the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Secure World Foundation, GITA, and the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) will host a workshop about application of geographic information systems (GPS) and remote sensing technologies to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Special focus will be given to how developing nations may use these powerful technologies to reduce the risk of disaster, more effectively respond to crisis when it occurs, and recover from disasters. Limited financial assistance is available for attendees from developing countries. Attendees will be provided with hands-on software learning opportunities, seminars about best practices, guides for the creation of policy, and round-table…

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