Some of the NGOs participating at SA III came up with 8 considerations for tech companies interested in developing solutions for peacebuilding and humanitarian aid systems.
1. How does the technology strengthen local community leaders’ ability to communicate and influence resource decisions in a disaster?
2. What are the social, cultural, political and economic implications of the deployment of the technology for the recovery stage of the disaster and how does it affect the community’s attitude towards existing infrastructure and services following the disaster?
3. What is the suitability for use by local respnders in terms of ease of use, apporpriate languages and the possibility of easily modifying its application to particular environments and users skills and needs?
4. Can it be adapted for use with a PDA, cellphone or other relatively inexpensive mobile communication device?
5. Does it reflect and support an itegrated architecture solution and open standards?
6. Does it provide easy access to the internet and / or is it easily accesible from the internet?
7. Is it affordable to local community leaders, non-profits etc from a cost standpoint?
8. As much as possible, ensure that solutions are rugged, portable, scaleable and appropriate for use in impact (affected) areas.