CrisisCamp Haiti Washington DC will take place again this Saturday, January 23, 2010 which will join together with technology volunteers in three countries and 10 cities to provide local opportunities for citizens to assist in activities such as crisis mapping, data and RSS feed aggregation. In addition, people with specialized skills such as translation, computer programing and literacy advocates are encouraged to participate.
CrisisCamp is a open, collaborative event held in “barcamp” style with http://www.crisiscommons.org/ to provide local and international responders, Haitian community leaders and non-governmental organizations an opportunity to engage with operations on the ground in Haiti. Tools and resources created by CrisisCamp volunteers can enhance responders' decision-making capability, transparency and collaboration.
This event is free and open to the public. You don't have to be technical to volunteer time. We request that you bring a laptop, your creativity and a power strip with you (to share with others).
The first series of CrisisCamps for Haiti on January 16th, volunteers in four cities launched “We Need, We Have,” a repository of specific technology needs of local Haitians' response, Volunteers contributed to rich open source maps that track which nonprofit organizations on the ground in Haiti are doing what, where, for more efficient coordination and resource distribution, and built and contributed data to multiple mobile phone, open source applications that enable people on the ground to report vital information such as the location of a hospital or a missing person. After each CrisisCamp,volunteers collaborate remotely to strengthen tools. See all of the applications and projects underway at www.CrisisCommons.org.
Founded in March 2009 through an impromptu Tweetup at the Government 2.0 Camp, a small band of idealists and innovators gathered to discuss the idea of a creating a common community through a mash-up of citizen volunteers, crisis response organizations, international humanitarian relief agencies, non-profits and the private sector. Within minutes, the CrisisCamp concept was born to unite communities, seek common ground and cultivate innovation in the use of technology for mobility and efficiency during crisis. Learn more and join the movement at http://www.crisiscommons.org/