The Pacific Humanitarian Challenge

The Pacific Humanitarian Challenge called on innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, NGOs, and academics to rethink humanitarian response.

We received 129 applications from 20 countries and five continents. Ten First Round Winners attended the Design Sprint in March 2016. Each of these teams used the intense rounds of feedback and coaching to further refine their applications.

After much consideration, we selected the final five teams for pilot projects in the Pacific:


Pacific Drone Imagery Dashboard (PacDID) – Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Pacific Local Supplier Engagement Project – Australian Red Cross

The Firetail: An Easily-Deployed Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial System – Firetail

Mobile SME Insurance in the Pacific Islands – BIMA Leapfrog

Infrastructure-Independent Mobile Communications – Flinders University & New Zealand Red Cross


For more information and updates on the innovators, please see the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge website.


For information on the DFAT Humanitarian Supplies Challenge, please click here.