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CrisisCampHaiti (Boulder/Denver)

CrisisCamp

Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM (MST)

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Calling all programmers, developers, techies, geeks, civilians, and bleeding hearts to come together and help create technological solutions designed to aid crisis workers on the ground in Haiti.  Plans are developing quickly and there will be much more information up soon.

As it stands, we'll be convening Saturday, January 16, at the Open Media Foundation in Denver (700 Kalamath St, 80204).  Snacks and beverages will be provided to keep us going, but please bring your own as well.

Other groups will be meeting nationwide to work on similar efforts.  The group in DC will be working on the following:

  1. Base layer map for Port Au Prince: This project would create a new collection of imagery and a new base map for NGOs and relief agencies. Post available imagery to share with the public for open source applications.
  2. Family locator systems: Uniting efforts of interested technologists, developers and communications experts to provide technical assistance. 
  3. Tech Volunteer Skill Matrix/Volunteers: Create a role of volunteer as well as 
  4. Managing News Aggregator: Provide content channel management to coordinate data feeds
  5. Defining the Collective: Create what we are and why we are doing this. Coordinate and post historical timeline/archive for the CrisisCamp efforts.

We are going to align our efforts with theirs and should have some projects outlined shortly.  Stay tuned, and drop a line if you have any questions.


 

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Open Media Foundation
700 Klamath Street
Denver, CO CO

Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM (MST)


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CrisisCamp

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. 

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. 

CrisisCamp will be hosted in a barcamp style where great minds come together to share their knowledge, perspectives and lessons learned. We realized that not everyone today can travel to Washington D.C., that is why we hope to be able to offer an ability for those (especially overseas) to be able to conduct a camp session. We also will be open to hearing questions and participations through Twitter @crisiscamp or tag your thoughts at #crisiscamp

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