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December 9, 2021

“Just because the waves [of humanitarian crisis] don’t stop, it doesn’t mean we should shy away from saving those who are drowning.” Ewan Ogelthorpe traveled to Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake pummeled the country. Expecting to help survivors through medical aid or creating shelters, he instead utilized data to develop a network that organized necessary humanitarian information. In his talk, Oglethorpe discusses how the use of data resources has helped humanitarians navigate the complexities of disasters. Ewan Oglethorpe is a private sector Data Scientist who worked as a humanitarian Information Management Officer and is now a humanitarian Executive Director. Oglethorpe runs the US-based NGO Data Friendly Space and is the Technical Lead of the DEEP platform. He is passionate about introducing modern technologies and processes to the humanitarian world with a particular focus on qualitative data. When he’s not working he can be found with his dog, biking, baking, or meditating. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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