The Future of Disaster Risk Management: How Co-Creation and Data Sharing Can Save Us from the Next Catastrophic Event 

Managing the risks related to natural and humanitarian disasters such as floods, power outages, wildfires and food shortages is about more than having a capable work force of emergency responders. It concerns adequately assessing and anticipating potential threats together with mobilising both professional and residential actors in emergency prevention and response. The convergence of cloud technology, big data and AI together with new models for co-creation greatly enhances the capacities of risk managers to predict the occurrence and development of an event, thereby moving from response after the fact to limiting damages before it occurs.  

This interactive session brings together risk management experts, policymakers, researchers and technology enthusiasts to discuss how Europe can prevent the next catastrophic events though co-creation and data sharing. Fabio Perossini, CEO of Kpeople Research Foundation, and Davide Prette of Turin’s association for volunteers Vol.To, will discuss their innovative “hackathon” approach to co-creation with local stakeholders for the management of flood threats and food shortages in Turin, Italy. Next, Kpeople’s Vanni Resta will reflect on how the various stakeholders throughout Europe can be adequately trained to develop the data and co-creation skills that are required for the emergency management of the future. Francesco Mureddu, director at the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank, will chair.  

The insights presented at this webinar draw on the first results emerging from DECIDO (eviDEnce and Cloud for more InformeD and effective pOlicies) an EU-funded consortium, which aims to demonstrate the ground-breaking impact of the adoption of innovative methodologies, tools and data enabling the effective development of better evidence-based policies by public authorities. DECIDO actively involves local actors and stakeholders in data generation and evidence-based policymaking and assesses the transformative impacts in disaster risk management. It also develops dedicated training activities to 1) engage citizens and other stakeholders to provide input in the policy process for disaster risk management, 2) support public authorities through the transition towards the use of the European Cloud Infrastructure and the application of evidence and co-creation in the policy lifecycle and 3) teach students interested in emergency management about the DECIDO methodology. 


  • Provide insight in the results of the Turin hackathons on the management of floods and food shortages 
  • Reflect upon the hackathon as a method of co-creation in emergency management 
  • Discuss what skills are needed for the emergency management of the future and how these can be taught  

Topic to be covered 

  • What was the methodological approach of the two Turin hackathons?  
  • What are the results of the two Turin hackathons? 
  • Insights for policymaking 
  • Policy support – democratic value 
  • What are the lessons learnt from the two Turin hackathons? 
  • Strengths 
  • Weaknesses 
  • Tips for future hackathons 
  • What is the DECIDO training approach to prepare key emergency management stakeholders for the adoption of innovative technologies, data and co-creation? 

Indicative agenda 

Connection link: TBP


Opening of the webinar 

Francesco Mureddu, director, the Lisbon Council 



Session 1: The hackathon as a method for co-creation with societal stakeholders: insights from flood and food emergency management in Turin 

  • A discussion with the organisers of the DECIDO Turin Pilot hackathons 

Fabio Perossini, CEO, Kpeople Research Foundation 

Davide Prette, European project management consultant and Eurodesk contact, Volontariato Torino (Vol.To) 


Session 2: Preparing the emergency policy makers and disaster risk managers of the future 

  • A discussion with the DECIDO training manager 

Vanni Resta, Project manager, Kpeople Research Foundation 


16.10-16.25  Questions and answers with participants 
16.25-16.30  Recap and closing 
End of Webinar 

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