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WCDM 2015 Presentation: The Herd of Cats

Last week RallyEngine co-founder Steve Hardy presented The Herd of Cats to a great audience at the World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto. He’s writing a book about the fascinating, surprisingly-overlapping worlds of entrepreneurs, improvisers, and disaster managers. Here is the session’s synopsis: The Herd of Cats: Startups, Improv, and Disasters The strange, fringe worlds of tech startups and …

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Toronto becomes the second Canadian police agency to embrace CodeSearch

This past Monday marked yet another big milestone for the burgeoning Search Program: The Missing Children Society of Canada and Toronto Police Service Partner on ‘Milk Carton 2.0™’ Initiative. The announcement was hosted at TPS headquarters side-by-side with TPS Board Chair Alok Mukherjee, TPS Chief Bill Blair, MCSC Executive Director Amanda Pick, and senior representatives from WestJet, BlackBerry, and Strut Creative. Our Managing …

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The Value of Social Capital and Emergent Groups

Last week we had the pleasure to attend the World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. Great event! The diversity of delegates’ disciplines, the international perspectives, and the quality of sessions were all excellent. Although the Disaster Management field can at times be a fairly diverse mix of Risk Management, Business Continuity, Crisis Communications, Emergency …

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Tech for Good: Leveraging Mobile Technology in the Search for Missing Children

According to Brian Palmer, Slate magazine’s ‘chief explainer,’ it all started with a few pamphlets in the 1970s. At the time, police were often reluctant to intervene when noncustodial parents took off with their children, viewing these incidents as domestic disagreements rather than as kidnappings. Frustrated custodial parents decided to take matters into their own hands, distributing pamphlets containing photographs …

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Profit and Purpose in Lockstep

The crowd at last Thursday’s excellent Canadian Business Leadership Forum in Toronto was an interestesting generational mix. Roughly half of the large ballroom’s tables were populated by grey-haired captains of industry and the other half by fresh-faced university students showing off their only suit. Both groups were there to hear amazing presentations by ex-RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis and D-Wave president …

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It’s time to modernize the call-tree and mobilize crisis communications

The Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent massive manhunt was a stark reminder of how quickly tragic events can unfold and how widespread the damage and disruption can be. Disasters – both natural and manmade – refocus priorities and highlight the systems that governments, companies, organizations, and families have in place to manage them. And like Sandy or Newtown or West, …

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Introducing RallyEngine

Hi, we’re RallyEngine. RallyEngine is a streamlined communications tool for dispersed teams and mobile workforces. Using a versatile web-based dashboard, organizations can communicate quickly, easily, and effectively – with the valuable context of real-time location and specific individual traits – to their people via the smartphones they already carry. Locate. Alert. Connect. Rally. RallyEngine originated as the technology powering CodeSearch, a …