Amman 2016 NOMAD Workshop

27-28 January, Kempinski Hotel, Amman, Jordan

The humanitarian system is generating tremendous amounts of information. Collecting timely and reliable data plays a key role in guiding strategic programming and ensuring an effective and accountable humanitarian response towards affected populations. Recently, there has been an increase in reliance on mobile data collection tools in needs assessment, programme monitoring, and other activities around the humanitarian programme cycle. Mobile tools as well as data management and visualization platforms  are already enabling aid agencies with an improved and expedited understanding of humanitarian needs allowing them to design and implement quicker lifesaving responses. Nevertheless, challenges remain  in safely managing large amounts of data and transforming them into digestible and useful information for operation management and programming.

This year’s edition will take on a field-driven approach, providing aid actors with a unique opportunity to share their day-to-day challenges. Participants will benefit from user feedback of various aid organizations (including Solidarités International and UNHCR that are supporting and sponsoring the event), hands-on demonstrations by mobile data collection solution providers, and will share the expertise of NOMAD’s consortium lead CartONG and iMMAP in implementing MDC projects.

The event is organized by CartONG, iMMAP and Solidarités and generously sponsored by UNHCR.


The booklet of the event, with description of the sessions, can be downloaded here. Please notice that due to difficult weather, the hours might slightly vary.

Day 1: Wednesday January 27th, 2016
10:00 - 10:30 REGISTRATIONS NOMAD team
10:30 - 11:00 Welcoming words Jean-Laurent Martin (UNHCR), Lisa Daoud (Solidarités International)
  Introduction to the NOMAD project & workshop Sandra Sudhoff (CartONG), Keith Doyle (iMMAP)
11:00 - 11:30 BREAK
11:30 - 12:30 Opening session - Information needs at the strategic and programmatic level Janna Rous (Medair)Raffi Kouzoudjian (UNHCR)Sandra Sudhoff (CartONG) & Chris Habib (iMMAP)Brian Healy (RedRose)
12:30 – 13:00 Wepi Demonstration Curtis Broderick (Epiconcept)
// OTGINTEL Demonstration Joana Costa (Al Thuraya Assist)
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 – 14:30 EzPilot Demonstration Salah Hussein (EzPilot)
// KoBo Toolbox Demonstration Anwar Mahfoudh (OCHA)
14:30 – 15:30 Roundtable - Cases management, monitoring: which tools for large datasets? Raffi Kouzoudjian (UNHCR), Christian Habib (iMMAP)
15:30 – 16:00 BREAK
16:00 – 17:00 Roundtable - Mobile mapping: feedback on experiences Friederike Alschner (CartONG)Yann Rebois (ICRC) Andrew McKenna (REACH)
// Roundtable - How to roll out new MDC systems when you already have experience? Sandra Sudhoff (CartONG), Lisa Daoud (Solidarités International)Mai Ajjour (IRC)
17:00 – 18:00< Lightning talks Jesse Berns (ImpactLab)Eva Kaplan (UNICEF)Faraqed al-Faris (ICRC)Murad Alsamhouri (UNHCR) Edouard Legoupil (UNHCR)

Wednesday night: Dinner at Tannoureen (not included), check with NOMAD organizers to participate

Day 2: Thursday January 28th, 2016
9:30 - 10:00 Keynote - New challenges in data sharing, privacy and security Jean-Laurent Martin (UNHCR)
10:00 - 11:00 Roundtable - M&E operational data management systems: challenges and lessons learnt Omar Alhussein (DRC)Asaad Machalani (MercyCorps) + notes
11:00 - 11:30 BREAK + Remote providers VOTO Mobile demo + presentation (Neema Iyer)SurveyCTO demo (Faizan Diwan, eZPilot) CommCare Supply (Rowena Luke, Dimagi)
11:30 – 12:00 Ona Demonstration Matt Berg (Ona)
// FieldLogs Demonstration Jean-Marc Debaud (Trekea)
12:00 – 12:30 Motorola Solutions Demonstration Travis Heneveld (Motorola Solutions)
// RedRose Demonstration Brian Healy (RedRose CPS)
12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 – 14:30 Roundtable - Visualizing MDC data: dashboards and visualization platforms Lisa Daoud (Solidarités International)Janna Rous (Medair) Edouard Legoupil (UNHCR) Olivier Cecchi (REACH)
14:30 – 16:30 Open sessions: tools uncovered. Discuss the solutions available with a panel of expert  
  - MDC tools out of the box (KoBo, Ona, Wepi, Magpi, ODK...) Facilitation : Martin Noblecourt (CartONG), Keith Doyle (iMMAP)
  - SMS based solutions out of the box (Frontline, Magpi, Telerivet, CommCare, Textit...) Facilitation: Sandra Sudhoff (CartONG), Mehtab Khan (iMMAP)
  - Mobile Mapping Tools out of the box (ArcCollector, Survey 123, OSM Tracker, OpenMapKit...) Facilitation : Friederike Alschner (CartONG), Andrew McKenna (REACH)
  - Mobile data management in cash programming Facilitation : Lisa Daoud (Solidarités International)
16:30 - 17:00 BREAK
17:00 – 18:00 Closing session: what is missing in existing solutions? What could NOMAD and the participants do to improve it?
18:00 Closure

Solutions providers presenting at the workshop:

(Solution providers - except KoBo - will be holding booths for the length of the workshop to allow direct interactions with participants)

Confirmed participants: