As the story unfolds, the scale of the crisis in Haiti has grown to truly catastrophic levels - 100,000 or more dead, 100,000 or more seriously injured, and countless numbers who have lost their homes and their relatives. Obviously there is just so much that the tech community in New York can do, but we should all try and do something. Here are two things you should consider:
1) Donate $10 by texting "HAITI" to 90999 from your cell phone. $10 will be added to your phone bill, and be sent to the Red Cross. Or you can go to Red Cross or Mercy Corps websites to make a larger donation.
2) Tomorrow there will be a "Crisis Camp" on using technology to assist in any way in aiding the people of Haiti during this crisis 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. http://crisiscampbrooklyn.eventbrite.com/
Project Proposals for CrisisCamp Haiti
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.http://crisiscampbrooklyn.eventbrite.com/
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.http://crisiscampbrooklyn.eventbrite.com/
CrisisCamps are 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/index.php?title=Haiti/2010_Earthquake
CrisisCamp on Twitter: @CrisisCamp
Be our friend on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=72817669768&ref=ts
CrisisCamp Ning: http://crisiscampdc.ning.com/