Inveneo Relief Archives

Inveneo is a Computerworld Honors 2011 Laureate

  1. Posted by Inveneo on May 4, 2011 in the categories: Events, News

Inveneo is a proud 2011 Laureate of IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program for its submission: “Haiti — Broadband for Earthquake Relief and Haiti’s Future”. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program that recognizes individuals and organizations using information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Inveneo was nominated for our role in using broadband Internet for earthquake relief and Haiti’s long-term rebuilding.

Kristin Peterson, CEO and Co-Founder, will accept the award on behalf of Inveneo at the Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards on June 20th at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. At that ceremony, five laureates in each of the eleven categories will be named as finalists for a 21st Century Achievement Award, based on judging by an exclusive panel of peers. One finalist in each category will then be named a 21st Century Achievement Award winner.

Wish Kristin & Inveneo good luck in being chosen!

AMPATH – Network Deployment in Eldoret, Kenya

  1. Posted by Inveneo on January 31, 2011 in the categories: Healthcare, News, Projects

By networking its primary clinic locations and outfitting them with workstations linked to the central OpenMRS server in Eldoret, AMPATH can transform the way it provides medical care. A high- speed network linking the clinics allows Eldoret-based doctors and specialists to ‘whisper in the ears’ of field clinicians, nurses, and health workers as they meet with patents, helping with diagnosis and treatment in real or near-real time. The creation of an AMPATH network opens the door for providing a number of additional computerized services to field locations including VOIP phone calls and centralized email.

Inveneo designed and deployed the network in Eldoret, working with local partners Setright and technology partners.  The deployment was also used to train these partners in low cost wireless solutions.  Our partners are now providing network support.

Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach (Bosco) Uganda

  1. Posted by Inveneo on September 15, 2010 in the categories: News, Projects, Relief

BOSCO focuses on providing innovative information and communication technology (ICT) solutions using a collaborative and Internet approach to foster socio-economic development and peace building in rural communities in Northern Uganda.

 

 

Haiti Networking Successes With Your Support

  1. Posted by Inveneo on January 29, 2010 in the categories: News, Relief

Inveneo has been on the ground less than a week, and we’ve already deployed long-distance WiFi links between ten NetHope member organizations, bringing high-speed Internet access – critical communication capacity – to relief agencies making a difference in Haitian lives.

We’re creating a robust network that’s spanning the entire city – quite a feat in the cluttered urban landscape. But Mark Summer, Andris Bjornson, and the rest of the Inveneo team could not have done this alone. We’ve had amazing support from the entire technology and relief communities.

Helping Us Succeed

First, we’d like to thank the outstanding team at NetHope and their member organizations. Working together to do everything from finding the GPS coordinates of various offices, providing transportation to get us there, and even duct taping sandbags to stabilize our antennas, the NetHope response has been impressive. To quote one satisfied customer, “NetHope really has become a synonym for ‘teamwork’!

Next, the outpouring of volunteer talent and resources has truly been amazing, helping organize our deployment, to hacking code for our in-country work, to getting the word out on our progress. Of specific note are OpenStreetMap and Open NMS.

OpenStreetMap volunteers are turning post-quake satellite images into street maps that we can load onto handheld GPS units. This is an immense help in finding sites and our way back home in the Port-au-Prince chaos. Remember, most street signs and landmarks were destroyed in the earthquake, so navigation is challenge – even for Haitians.

OpenNMS is a critical aspect of our WiFi network, because it allows us manage the load across fifteen different sites spanning a dozen organizations. Using it, we’re able to throttle or expand bandwidth where necessary to keep vital Internet data flowing. The OpenNMS team has volunteered many hours of time already and even created an account for us in their commercial support system – generosity we truly appreciate.

To quote Andris, “OpenNMS has been awesome, allowing us to stay on top of problems even before they develop.


Long-distance WiFi links to relief

Expanding Our Impact

As we complete the initial NetHope network, we’re receiving requests for assistance from other organizations in Haiti to rebuild and expand their ICT infrastructure. Haitian ICT entrepreneurs are also eager to build their own skills, and participate in the reconstruction of their country.

This is an opportunity to increase our impact, help Haitians rebuild their businesses, and build lasting capacity in Haiti by expanding our innovative technology model into the country.

You can stay involved in these efforts by following us in real-time via RSSTwitter, or Facebook.

Contribute To Our Response

We also hope you’ll join NetHope, the EKTA FoundationAruba Networks, the Orr Foundation, Steve Okay and Andrea Longo, and many of your friends and colleagues in supporting Inveneo’s Haiti response.

We are appealing for donations to cover the basic costs associated with this expansion of our Haiti relief efforts, including equipment, logistics and on the ground expenses. Please considerdonating to Inveneo using PayPal or Google Checkout below.

Inveneo is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. If you are a US resident, and donate before February 28th, your donation may be tax deductible for the 2009 tax year.


All donations through February 28, 2010 will be used only for Haiti relief efforts, including the project to get connectivity to the major NGOs in Haiti.

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Or send a check to Inveneo:

      Inveneo
      972 Mission Street, Fifth Floor
      San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

Haiti Earthquake Response: Bringing Internet Connectivity to Local NGOs

  1. Posted by Inveneo on January 15, 2010 in the categories: News, Relief

Haiti Update: Inveneo’s earthquake response has begun!

Over the last six months Inveneo had been exploring expansion into Haiti, building relationships with nonprofits and the technical community to expand our innovative technology model into the country. In the face of this catastrophic earthquake, Inveneo feels an even stronger sense of commitment to improving the lives of the Haitian people. We wanted to offer our services and expertise to help however we can.

Inveneo’s Response

Much of the telecom infrastructure in and around Port-au-Prince has been severely damaged or destroyed by the earthquake. There is a great need for expertise in ICT to support the relief efforts – dependable communications infrastructure is vital in emergency relief operations to help coordination of recovery efforts.

We have been asked by NetHope, a collaboration of 28 of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations, to work with them on restoring communications to many of their members who operate in Haiti. Together, we have devised a plan to deploy long-distance wireless network connectivity from VSAT links being put in place by NetHope to several of their member NGOs operating around Port-au-Prince.

This network will support Internet access in and out of the country, carry voice communications until the cellular networks are repaired, and allow for collaboration and sharing of resources among NGOs. Establishment of networks like this is a cornerstone of our core competency and provides an avenue for us to deploy additional ICT infrastructure and participate in longer-term capacity building and reconstruction opportunities in country.

How you can help

NetHope has agreed to provide funds to cover the cost of the equipment that will be needed to establish these links. With the generous support of our partners in Haiti, the EKTA Foundation, Inveneo will initially send two of our staff engineers to conduct the wireless network deployment starting the week of January 16th. We are making an appeal for donations to cover other costs associated with our Haiti relief efforts.

Please donate to Inveneo using PayPal or Google Checkout below. Inveneo is a US-Based 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. If you are a US resident, your donation may be tax deductible.

All donations through January 31, 2010 will be used only for Haiti relief efforts, including the project to get connectivity to the major NGOs in Haiti.

Thank you for your generous support,
The Inveneo team


Donate via Google Checkout

You can make a donation through this Google Checkout link:

Donate via Paypal

You can make a donation through this Paypal link:

Donate via Check or Money Order

Or send a check to Inveneo:

      Inveneo
      972 Mission Street, Fifth Floor
      San Francisco, CA 94103 USA