Triple Helix Collaborative Innovation for Responding to Emergencies, Disease & Disaster

InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies, Disease and Disaster), is a new non-profit innovation lab financed by and the Rockefeller Foundation, is working towards using new social networking capabilities for humanitarian coordination. The project aims to improve early disease detection and rapid disaster response by connecting and adapting ubiquitous free software like Facebook, Google Earth and Twitter. InSTEDD collaborates with universities, corporations, international health organizations, humanitarian NGOs and communities. InSTEDD’s mission is to discover, develop, test, deploy and share information about technologies that buy critical time. Through collaboration disease detection and response times can be improved, outbreaks can be contained and possibly prevented, and more lives can be saved.