Friday, March 1, 2013

Aidmatrix President & CEO Featured in Government Technology Magazine's 2013 Top 25 “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers”

Government Technology and Center for Digital Government Announce
the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Feb. 28, 2013 – e.Republic’s Government Technology magazine and the Center for Digital Government today announced the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2013.
Huge strides were made in government technology this past year, from social media and voter registration improvements to asthma sensors and more.

Washington state implemented a new way for voters to register or make changes to their voter registrations via Facebook and My Vote. New Jersey is using social media, Twitter and hashtags to engage a younger generation in government and politics. Louisville, Ky., has spearheaded a new provision for asthma sufferers to be provided sensors that track when and where they access their medication. These are just a few of the innovations in the field and the reasons why Government Technology chose this year’s Top 25 winners.

“The annual GT Top 25 is our way of acknowledging the hard work and innovative ideas that make our communities safer, more successful and better places to live,” says Steve Towns, executive editor of Government Technology.

These visionaries in state and local government are being recognized in the March issue of Government Technology and on for setting the standard on how technology can be used to improve government performance and strengthen citizen services.

Government Technology has awarded this honor to more than 300 individuals over the last 11 years. Visit to see profiles of this year’s winners and watch a video about how winners are chosen.

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Scott McCallum, President and CEO, Aidmatrix Foundation

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Aidmatrix is showcased in the media after disasters, but the organization’s daily work is what really makes a difference. Applying sophisticated tools to support humanitarian relief is at the heart of the Texas nonprofit, which helps mobilize
$1.5 billion in aid annually using supply chain management technology.

“Our mission is to help people become more efficient,” said Scott McCallum, the foundation’s president and CEO, and former Wisconsin governor. Aidmatrix technology matches donations to needs, facilitating global delivery of food and supplies.

Originally applied to support refugee camps in Croatia, the system’s use has grown in the last decade. The National Donations Management Network (NDMN), for example, is funded by FEMA and industry partners and uses Aidmatrix’s Web-based tool to help manage disaster donations and volunteers. McCallum said Hurricane Katrina was the first major disaster the foundation was asked to help with, and it was highlighted as something that went right during the troubled response. Today the NDMN covers 92 percent of the U.S. population and connects states with relief organizations.

The technology pulls together multiple parties during emergencies. For instance, following Midwest flooding, a California manufacturer offered to donate carpet remnants on Iowa’s NDMN portal. Habitat for Humanity indicated in the system that it needed the carpet, and transportation companies could see where services or monetary donations were wanted. McCallum said UPS donated the transportation from California to Iowa.
But McCallum stressed, “Disaster is only part of what we do.” More than 47,500 organizations use the technology, including 200-plus food banks. “Almost all of the charitable food in the U.S. goes through our technology,” he said.

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