Planet of the Apps at the Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016

Planet of the Apps at the Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016

The Planet of the Apps, as part of the Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016 on 7-8 September in Washington D.C., presented some of the latest mobile applications supporting disaster relief operations to senior representatives and advisors from government and UN agencies, international and regional NGOs, CBOs, investors and donors, research institutes and the private sector.

The shortlisted apps included the following:

Detailed information about each of the showcased apps is below. Take a look at some of the photos from the Planet of the Apps and also from the Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016 itself 

If you would like to submit a recommendation for your app to be featured at the next Planet of the Apps, please get in touch with Alina O’Keeffe, Marketing Manager at Aid & International Development Forum at

Share The Meal is an initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). It’s the world’s first app fighting global hunger. For $0.50, you can share a meal with a hungry child with just a tap on your phone.

“1 in 7 children around the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy life. With just one tap, you can feed one child for a day for as little as US $0.50. WFP provides the meal”

Available on iOS and Android.

ETC Reporter is a mobile application dedicated to support field personnel during disaster relief and rescue operations. It empowers the user to report information in a timely and efficient manner in order to increase situational awareness and support the decision taking processes. Its main use is to collect information (such as pictures, comments, videos and symbols) and link them to specific locations. The information is shared with remote headquarters and made accessible via Pulse™ Web.

Key features: map assessment, surveys, geo-fencing

Available on iOS and Android.

mVAM (mobile Vulnerability, Analysis and Mapping) uses mobile technology to collect food security data. The app addresses the challenge of obtaining accurate real-time information from poor or disaster-affected people, by overcoming constraints of traditional face-to-face surveys, which become quickly outdated during conflict. Try our remote mobile survey by dialling 1-844-334-2621. Based on your results, mVAM will match you with an mVAM respondent of your age and gender so you can hear their food security stories. Just check out this link:

Watch the latest humanitarian videos carefully selected by ReliefWeb editors from over 300 sources! Video is increasingly becoming a preferred reporting format for humanitarian workers. ReliefWeb editors select and organize relevant videos by country, theme and organization so that users can follow according to their interest. Benefits: Browse channels by country, theme, and organization, Save your favorite videos to watch later or share, All videos are selected  by ReliefWeb editors

Available in IOS and Android: Android Kitkat (4.4) and iOS 9 and above.

Get a snapshot of the key humanitarian issues via ReliefWeb Headlines. Headlines are selected by our editors and include 72hs coverage of the most relevant humanitarian developments in the world. Users can enhance this selection by adding their country, themes or terms of their interest.  

Key Benefits: personalize content based on your interests, follow keyword or person, save reports to read later, export and share via social media.

Available in IOS and Android: Android Kitkat (4.4) and iOS 9 and above.

MyTrac is a “location-based” GPS asset tracking platform by Focus Point International, Inc. The backbone of MyTrac™ is the Crisis Response Center (CRC). The MyTrac emergency response component provides subscribers with coordinated access to emergency services such as police, fire and ambulance. The CRC conducts “Global Watch Operations” 24/7 to monitor global events that could adversely affect MyTrac travelers and alert travelers via email or SMS text messaging.

Supports iPhones, Android and Blackberry smartphones.

RefAid is the first ever platform to enable refugee aid organizations to see, monitor and share live information by type and location. It is also the first ever mobile app that gives refugees up-to-the minute, geo-fenced information about where official aid is available near them. RefAid was developed by trellyz, a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform offering real-time, location-based communication and management across all devices to local governments, NGOs and non-profits. RefAid is free to use by organisations and, and has been created and supported by trellyz as part of their corporate social responsibility. 

For further information about RefAid contact

The RefAid apps are available here: iPhone & Android


Full gallery from the Planet of the Apps is available here 

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