CrisisCampSiliconValley – Pakistan Floods.
Rock your Friday night by coming to the bar camp/working group to blog and code to aid disaster response and recovery for the 15 million people displaced in the recent Pakistani floods.
We will be addressing needs requested by on-the-ground partners in Pakistan, collated by CrisisCamp London and updated here: http://wiki.crisiscommons.or/wiki/Pkfloods_situation_report_18-08-2010.
Specifically, we will focus on:
1) “Tasks for everyone, anytime” (see below).
This requires non-techies with laptops, to do: Pashtun translation, data entry, blogging, text editing, classifying messages, user-interface testing, collating web-based news updates, etc.
2) Technical Tiger Teams
We will create technical tiger teams to provide Silicon Valley-located expertise to CrisisCommons projects managed by camps around the world. These project involving mapping, databases, crowd-sourcing, coding, user-centered design, etc.
This requires: techies with laptops: Range of coding skills (python), geo-, and user interface skills are required. Check out the specific task lists to find a project where your expertise applies (http://wiki.crisiscommons.org/wiki/Pkfloods_situation_report_18-08-2010).
- NOTE: We are located on the NASA Research Park. A valid government-issued picture ID (e.g., driver’s license or passport) is required to get onto the NASA Research Park.
- Tip: The address doesn't plot correctly on Google maps. So after reaching the main gate, to get to Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley (Building 23), continue straight on Clark Road make a hard right onto Westcoat road, then a left into the first parking lot you see. That is the parking lot for Carnegie Mellon. If you have questions, ask the guards at the Main gate.
- If you will be hungry/thirsty, bring something to share.
- Bring your laptop and power strip
- This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for planning purposes.
- For event questions and sponsorship, please contact Jeannie Stamberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wanna help now? Tasks for everyone, anytime.
This list will be continuously updated at http://wiki.crisiscommons.org/wiki/Pkfloods_situation_report_18-08-2010)
- CrowdMap data entry http://pakrelief.crowdmap.com/
- OpenStreetMap data entry http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2010_07_Pakistan_Floods/Mapping_Coordination/Mapping_Tasks (Kate Chapman)
- Sahana data entry http://eden.sahanafoundation.org/wiki/Pakistan
- TweakTheTweet. Get formatting those tweets, peeps! http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~starbird/blog/tweak_the_tweet_-_social_an.html and http://bit.ly/TtT_PkFloodsEditor
- Populate PakRelief Ushahidi site?
- Populate CrisisProjects.org site?
- Cross-check list of NGOs active in Pakistan Floods on CrisisWiki
- Load Darlene documents into Sahana
- Media watch on pkfloods
- Wikis: keep populating these, and migrate content from wiki.crisiscommons.org into crisiswiki (Deborah Shaddon, Andy Carvin)
- Publicise hashtag #pkfloods and SMS short code 3441 FL to people in Pakistan, govt agencies and NGOs. “Text FL and your observations about the disaster and your location so we can put this on a map.”
- Tell people: Which tools are up and running and how they can help with them
- Tell people: Which information sources and channels are up and running and how they can help
- Tell people: Our hints, tips, experiences of running camps if they want to run their own
- Check list of info groups and see if we’ve missed anyone working on pkfloods (Extraordinaries? Star-tides?)
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.
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.
hosted in a barcamp style where great minds come together
to share their knowledge and expertise for social good.
CrisisCommons Wiki: http://crisiscommons.org/wiki/
When & Where
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley