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Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO) Conference 2018

Dates: August 6 - 9, 2018

Location: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI



Details: PRiMO is a coalition of organizations with a role in hazard risk management in the Pacific region. We recognize the value of collective action and are committed to enhancing cooperation, coordination, and collaboration to strengthen and sustain hazard resilient communities.

2018 PRiMO Conference Theme
Technology, in its many forms, presents tremendous opportunities to reduce risk and build the resilience of communities in the Pacific. Stronger, safer, and smarter buildings and infrastructure offer better protection from hurricanes and other hazards. Improved communications technologies, including social media, can enhance early detection and warning systems and support crowdsourced response and assistance actions. Advanced technologies, such as unmanned aircrafts equipped with powerful sensors, can support decision-making and improve response, recovery, mitigation, and adaptation efforts.

However, the unintended consequences of technology can have cascading negative impacts that can both exacerbate ongoing challenges and create new problems. Technological failures, such as hazardous material releases and utility outages, have been shown to result in catastrophic consequences. Other technologies can be invasive and interfere with traditional and indigenous practices.

Yet recent advances continue to inspire us to imagine what challenges we can address through innovative technologies. By looking broadly at where technology is needed to reduce risk—and where it may be headed—we can empower the PRiMO ‘Ohana to maximize the good, minimize the bad, and realize the vast possibilities for technology that fulfills PRiMO’s vision for a resilient Pacific region.

Potential session topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Special sessions on recent disaster events
UAV use and application
Social media
Crowdsourcing response and recovery
Construction and building technologies
Storm prediction science
"Radical" ideas to confront climate change
Big data, dashboards
Communications technology and infrastructure
Hacking, data security