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Lessons From Harvey: How Technology Saved Lives

October 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

This year, H/IMA’s programming theme has been the humanization of technology. From voice search to AR/VR, we’ve presented interactive topics that meet our mission of growing Houston businesses through interactive strategies. Then Harvey came. What better example of the humanization of technology than tech that saved human lives?

We want our final luncheon of the year to tell those rescue stories while showcasing the tech solutions used during those challenging days. This panel, comprised of five Houston technology business leaders, will take a look into how teams came together and collaborated, the challenges they faced, lessons learned and what the future holds. From building apps to organizing rescue missions via social media, come hear directly from these extraordinary, selfless Houston heroes.

All ticket sales for this event will be donated to the:

Michael Dell’s Rebuild Texas Fund


$45   |   Member Price: $35
Event Details
October 19, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Juliana Moreira
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Fleming’s Steakhouse
2405 W Alabama St,
Houston, TX 77098 United States
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Grace Rodriguez  – Grace helps do-gooders do greater. Whether it’s by helping people solve wicked problems and bring big ideas to life at Station Houston or at TMC Innovation Institute; by raising awareness of critical issues and promising initiatives through The Houston Innovation Summit (THIS), Women In Tech: Houston, and Netsquared Houston; or by connecting thirsty minds with inspiration and education through Writers In The Schools and social media, she is quick to identify needs and mobilize the resources to address and fill them.

Jeff Reichman – Principal at January Advisors where he works on data projects for governments and nonprofits. During Harvey, Jeff led Sketch City’s development initiatives, helping bring together 700+ people from the Houston and global technology communities and to build maps, text bots, FEMA reporting websites, and an API to power it all. The solutions built for Houston were later deployed in Florida and Mexico.

Jesse Wolgamott – Master Instructor at the Iron Yard with 20 years of professional software development experience and a passion for modern, evolving software development technologies. As the flood waters rose during Harvey, Jesse registered “harveyneeds.org” and built an API that worked in conjunction with Jeff Reichman’s Google Sheet, enabling people to create filterable maps for shelters, purchase Amazon products and allowing volunteers to collaborate.

Matthew Hager – CEO at Poetic Systems. Formed a group of rednecks with boats and trucks called the Branch Brigade to do boat rescues. Shortly thereafter joined up with others at Station to work on digital efforts. Worked with the team at Poetic to build the website at harveyneeds.org and irmaresponse.org. Now working on a long-term reusable platform called disastersystems.org.

Ted Hawkes – Creative Director at Melaroo and Principal at KW Solar. During Harvey, Ted was involved in vigilante boat rescue operations in and around Cypress Creek. His challenges led him to wireframe an app that would enable the crowdsourcing of rescue efforts. The app is currently in production.