International Disaster Relief Conference Rebrands to Res/Con, Focuses on Technology

Res/Con, kicking off next week, will be the premier annual international conference on the practice of successful resiliency and disaster management in an evolving global environment. The conference will take place March 1-3 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, bringing together top minds in the world to share ideas, best practices and experiences on a wide range of topics.

Res/ConRes/Con is a rebranding of a conference called International Disaster Conference and Expo (IDCE) that has brought over 800 registrants to New Orleans annually since 2012.

The annual event covers topics such as coastal restoration and water management, technology, homeland security, first response, vulnerable communities, cybersecurity, and all aspects of resilience and disaster management.

Attendees will experience plenary sessions, workshops, policy debates, best-practice reviews and peer networking events throughout the three days of programming.

Technology-focused sessions include:

  • Using Technology to Leverage Donated Products for Public Good

Res/Con speakers will address how new technologies such as 3D printing can transform emergency response by providing on-demand production or equipment or supplies, and how, as emergency response continues to advance, mobile technology is used more because of its power and convenience, among other tech-related discussions.

Speakers include: Henk Ovink, The Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, The Netherlands; Samuel Carter, Associate Director working on the Resilience Team and the Global Resilience Partnership, The Rockefeller Foundation; Kirstjen Nielsen, Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience; Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs, HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development; Christian Sommade, Executive Director of the French High Committee for Civil Defense; Andrew Andrea, Connecting Business Initiative, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; and a number of Chief Resilience Officers from across the country.

To read more about sessions or to RSVP for Res/Con, visit