150415 Report- Research Director meets with Twitter CEO

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo with SMART’s Research Director Pascal Perez.

Following the Pilot Project stage of PetaJakarta.org, SMART Infrastructure Facility’s Research Director, Dr Pascal Perez travelled to Indonesia to review the data monitoring service and discuss the future of SMART’s partnerships within the region.

This trip was planned to coincide with a visit by the CEO of TwitterDick Costolo to the country, as part of the company’s administrative expansion into the country.

In addition to a VIP invitation to the Official Launch of Twitter’s new office in Jakarta – where he joined 200 guests in the presence of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and the Indonesian Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara – Dr Perez also had a private meeting with the Twitter CEO.

Of his meeting with Mr Costolo and Parminder Singh, Twitter’s Director for MENA, India and SEA, Dr Perez said, “The CEO was well aware of PetaJakarta.org, proud of his company’s support, and satisfied with the results of the program to date.”

“Twitter is keen to support us and help us with communication and marketing for the next flooding season.”

Dr Perez also participated in a round table NGO discussion, organised by Twitter, where themes including women in IT, fighting child abuse and slavery, and disaster reduction and emergency response were discussed. PetaJakarta.org is one of two entities which Twitter will support in the domain of emergency response, and plans were made for closer collaboration between SMART and the other entity, UN Pulse.

In addition to his interaction with Twitter, Dr Perez met with various representatives from other groups involved with the PetaJakarta.org program.

Organising technology and knowledge transfer for the next flooding season, and exploring new capabilities or domains of application for PetaJakarta.org were discussed during a meeting with the director and senior executives of BPBD DKI Indonesia. Dr Perez said that BPBD will commit resources for transferral of technology and knowledge, and will work with SMART’s Etienne Turpin to develop a pilot project on rapid economic appraisal.

With the mayor of East Jakarta and his senior executives, Dr Perez explored how PetaJakarta.org can be applied to solving Jakarta Timur’s garbage management problem. This will be primary focus of Dr Turpin’s work when he returns to the city.

Rounding out his visit, Dr Perez met with David Robinson, Director of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-supported Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction (AIFDR). This relationship involves the cooperation of Geoscience Australia, with a recent contract signed which will see the tools developed by SMART and Geoscience Australia linked.