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Re: [grassrootsweb] Haiti Crisis Camp Saturday in Brooklyn; Donations

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Sent on: Friday, January 15, 2010 9:24 PM
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On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 7:01 PM, Nate <[address removed]> wrote:
> 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://crisiscamp...­
>
> 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://crisiscamp...­
>
> About CrisisCamp
>
> 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://crisiscamp...­
>
> CrisisCamps are hosted in a barcamp style where great minds come together to
> share their knowledge and expertise for social good.
>
>
> CrisisCommons Wiki:
> http://crisiscomm...­
>
> CrisisCamp on Twitter: @CrisisCamp
>
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