We are excited to share that Civic Ninjas has been invited to the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day. The White House media advisory on this event reads as follows:

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, July 29, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Security Council, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate will co-host an event bringing together technologists, entrepreneurs, and members of the disaster response community to highlight innovations by the public and private sectors that will improve disaster response and recovery.

The White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative was launched in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to identify the most effective ways that technology can empower survivors; first responders; and local, state, and Federal government with critical information and resources. The event will include remarks by Obama Administration officials and representatives from the public and private sectors.

Further details include:

Civic Ninjas is highlighting the Shining Light Project, a wearable device for emergency responder credentialing and disaster access control. The device has color-coded LEDs that indicate whether an emergency responder is allowed into an area based on geo-fenced GPS information. The Shining Light device uses Bluetooth Low Energy to tether to smart devices running a native app for real time device control. In addition to perimeter access control, the device can also show search grid locations and provide time-based go/no go signaling for personnel needing to cycle back to their Base of Operations. Similar in concept to Apple’s iBeacon, the Shining Light Project hopes to emerge as an open standard/open hardware design that any organization can produce.

We are humbled and honored to be included in this event and our glad to be doing our part to better prepare America and the world for the next major disaster.

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