This Saturday, CrisisCamp will bring together volunteers to
collaborate on technology projects which aim to assist in Haiti’s
relief efforts by providing data, information, maps and technical
assistance to NGOs, relief agencies and the public.
This event is free and open to the public. You don’t have to be technical to volunteer time.
CrisisCamp doors open at 12:00pm and introductions are at 12:30pm.
Welcome to CrisisCamp
will bring together domain experts, developers, and first responders
around improving technology and practice for humanitarian crisis
management and disaster relief.
Each and every day, people across the world can find themselves in crisis. Whether it be for a day, a month or an area of social distress, we all
have a common need to connect with loved ones, access information and
offer assistance to others.
Help Us Out
We're looking for some initial assistance in organizing CrisisCamp. Things we need:
- Sponsorship - We need
sponsorship to make this CrisisCamp a reality. If you cannot donate
time, please donate what you can or become a sponsor. Unused proceeds
will be donated to Haiti relief efforts.
- Venue - A word of thanks to everyone who offered space, including some of the most venerable institutions and organizations in Miami.
- Audio Visual Equipment - Thanks for the offers of projectors; the conference room will be equipped with A/V.
Crisis Camp Topics
CrisisCamp Miami will focus on helping current relief efforts in Haiti. Some of the initiatives that we will work on include:
is a tool that allows people with internet or cell phone contact to
broadcast messages. The power of Twitter can be harnessed to become a
shared communication tool for people on the ground during events,
including those affected, volunteers, and emergency responders.
The damage of the earthquake has left roads and villages inaccessible.
This project will provide new geospatial perspectives and data
points to create a base map for non-profits in need of current
is a great need to fully understand the progression of events, news,
data, photos and video from the time of the earthquake through the
This project is an organic approach at looking at the series of
events, types of data available, when actions occurred, status of the
events, and who is doing what; this project is constantly changing and
adding new information in real time.
When catastrophic events happen, like the earthquake that hit Haiti, people are lost and families are separated.
This project focuses on searching for missing persons catalogs,
databases, and information pages. The team is providing constructive
suggestions for the International community in terms of access for the
On the ground of any event there is always a need for resources.
This project assists National Public Radio to create a Crisis Wiki
to share real time information in a collaborative space, much like a
yellow pages for resources. The project created a structure that can be
used and adapted for future events.
The projects that we develop at CrisisCamp Haiti are only useful if they're accessible!
The Mobile Applications team is working with other CrisisCamp
project teams to make mobile applications for programs and projects.
These applications will be useable on mobile phones and will assist
users in locating news, resources, language translation, and visual
online translation tools don't support the Creole language. This
project is dedicated to using technology to assist in translating
priority content resources between Creole and English (and other
languages) in support of relief assistance and CrisisCamp projects.
The team is creating basic machine translation tools for Creole to
English and other languages. Native Creole speakers are on the team,
assisting with identification of Creole language resources for use in
the translation tools. Additionally, the team is assessing and
prioritizing content that needs to be translated.
are the "boots on the ground" in Haiti. Hundreds of NGOs have ongoing
operations in Haiti. But who's who and where are they?
This project is gathering information to create an overview database
of relief assistance that is deployed to Haiti. The project will create
a directory of organizations, people on the ground, where they are,
what they are doing, and what they need. The team will create a Drupal
database relating people to programs.
There have been a lot of generous offers from the technology sector and there are a lot of technological needs on the ground.
This project, in partnership with the State Department, created a
"Craigslist" type of self-identified needs and requests by non-profits
assisting in Haiti relief operations and technology volunteers around
CrisisCamp will be hosted in a barcamp style where
great minds come together to share their knowledge, perspectives and
lessons learned. We will be open to hearing questions and participations through the #crisiscamp hashtag on Twitter.
Connect with other CrisisCampers
More Topic Ideas
CrisisCamp is an unconference, so
there is no preset agenda. However, brainstorming before-hand is highly
encouraged. Share with others what you're interested in talking about
or hearing about from other experts.
- Increasing need for access to the Internet and mobility during times (and places) of crisis
- Consumer research on mobility (developed countries, and developing countries)
- Special Needs and seniors: Engagement through technology
- Best practices and use of social media in public health and crisis response
- Family locator systems: Open source, PII, data standards
- The global citizen responder - how to harness the cloud volunteer crowd (from across the world!)
- Data aggregation during times of crisis (ex. http://gustav08.ning.com)
- Telecommunications/technology volunteerism - Why? How Can I Help? What is needed?
- Alert and warning -- new ways to connect beyond broadcast/radio?
- "IM OK" - connecting with loved ones through technology systems
international humanitarian relief efforts with limited infrastructure;
supporting non-profits/NGO community and their need to communicate
About Crisis Camp
During Transparency Camp 09 and Government 2.0 Camp,
several campers exchanged a host of ideas on the need to better connect
people with their social networks and information through the use of
technology, especially during times and places of crisis. For example,
campers shared how mobile innovation on mobile health and alternative
power supplies was happening in Africa. Others shared how how citizens
of the cloud used their technical skills to aggregate data to help
people (often in another part of the world) synthesize desperate pieces
of information into something they could understand. We uncovered a
dividing line between international humanitarian relief and domestic
crisis response. We saw common themes across all efforts including: the
use of mobility, the Internet as a common coordination platform, the
need for volunteers and the ability to provide alternative community
communications access areas. By the end of the tweet-up, we had 40
volunteers sitting around in a circle with an agreement that there
should be a forum to exchange these ideas. And it was there, where a
common goal brought government, NGOs, private sector, hackers and
activists together to create CrisisCamp.
Host a CrisisCamp
don't want to be the only CrisisCamp, we hope you will have one too!
After CrisisCamp, we will hope to create an information sharing site, a
"Crisis Commons" where academic, private sector, government, citizens,
international humanitarian relief workers and first responders can come
together to share best practices, lessons learned, technology and
Many thanks to our sponsors for making CrisisCamp happen!