DisasterHacks: Mercy Corps Aid Cost Calculator

Join us for an exciting week-long challenge aimed at developing cost calculators tailored for the African region, with a focus on the Horn of Africa. This event is set to kick off on April 24th, brings together students, faculty, and professionals to leverage technology and regional expertise for positive impact.

Event Details

  • Focus Area: The Horn of Africa and the broader African region
  • Participants: Students across disciplines, with support from the technical team, volunteers, and SCET/School of Engineering staff
  • Project Goal: Develop cost calculators specific to the needs and challenges of the North African region
  • Format: Online Event, Remote Participation
  • Duration: 1 week, April 24th, 2024 - May 1st, 2024

Kickoff Event

  • Date & Time: April 24th, 2024 - 4:30 PM PST
  • Location: Virtual Via Zoom

During the kickoff event, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the challenge, form teams, and begin ideating solutions. Students will have the freedom to lead their focus, deciding whether to prioritize depth or breadth in their approach to developing cost calculators for the African region.

Throughout the week-long challenge, participants will have access to the MercyCorps API and support from the technical team and SCET/School of Engineering staff. This collaborative effort aims to create cost calculators that address the unique needs and challenges of the African region, ultimately contributing to positive impact and innovation.


About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians working together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper.  In more than 40+ countries around the world, over 6,000+ team members work side by side with people living through disaster, violent conflict, and the acute impacts of climate change to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. We’re committed to creating global change through local impact — 95% of our team members are from the countries where they work.

We bring a comprehensive approach to every challenge, addressing problems from multiple angles. And we go beyond emergency aid, partnering with local governments, forward-thinking corporations, social entrepreneurs, and people living in fragile communities to develop bold solutions that make lasting change possible.

DisasterHacks Team

Alicia Morrison, Director of Data Science

Alicia Morrison is the Director of Data Science for the Technology for Development team at Mercy Corps. She has been with Mercy Corps since 2020 where she is working to design, implement, and grow systems to support the scaling of humanitarian data science organization-wide. Her background is in conflict analysis, environmental science, statistics, and machine learning and she supports T4D project implementation through cloud and data engineering.

Aaron Eubank, Geospatial Technology Manager

As Geospatial Technology Manager for Mercy Corps' T4D Data Science Team, Aaron supports teams at Mercy Corps to effectively utilize spatial data and analysis in program design, implementation, and assessment through solutions like cloud-based workflows, web-map visualizations, and earth observation analysis. He has extensive experience and training in geospatial data analytics including various applications of remote sensing and modeling. He is passionate about the utilization of open data and open source technologies as problem-solving tools for global communities.

Holly Topham, Director for Crisis Analysis
As Director for Crisis Analysis at Mercy Corps, Holly leverages data and analysis to support context-appropriate, conflict-sensitive, and forward-thinking responses to complex crises around the world. Holly is currently particularly interested in how to better integrate innovative data science tools and applications into humanitarian and development decision making.

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