||[Jan. 20th, 2010|05:12 pm]
Posting a message from a co-worker:|
This is a quick email note to ask for your help. This Saturday, CrisisCamp will bring together volunteers in Boston, MA 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. Work will be motivated by needs in Haiti, but with an eye toward resuable tools for future disasters.
Liz and I are on the organizing team, and we'd love to have some or all of you come help. Developers will be designing, writing, and debugging software, while technical non-developers can contribute by finding and supplying data, providing ideas and feedback, or doing other project-specific work.
More information is available at these sites:
Information, including sign-up, for CrisisCamp Boston: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/541831633
CNN coverage of last weekend's camps: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/19/tech.camp.haiti/index.html?hpt=T2
Main page for the CrisisCommons organization, including a list of some of the projects (also includes a wiki with much more information): http://www.crisiscommons.org
You can get involved by:
Signing up to participate in Crisis Camp Boston. We will have more information about projects and skills needed by Friday, and we'll try to tune projects to the skills of volunteers, both technical or non-technical.
Spreading the word to your network about the event—use Twitter, Facebook, mailing lists, Linked In networks, etc. to galvanize the Boston tech community to action. Other CrisisCamp events have included representatives from local Government and NGO disaster preparedness offices, so the events are certainly not limited to programmers.
Donation of supplies: ITA Software in Cambridge has volunteered to host this event, providing work space, wifi connectivity and beverages. Nametags, markers, large paper pads, power strips, extension cords, and breakfast foods are all items that can be readily useful.