During this weekend’s Hackathon, volunteers gathered at Microsoft’s Chevy Chase office to pool their skills during the crisis camp to create innovative databases, crisis maps, and other applications to help track valuable resources such as fuel, hotel room availability, and working public transportation.
The District of Columbia is currently working on a Smart Response Initiative and developing a website and database that will help disaster relief and similar organizations determine on the ground capabilities during natural disasters, and to whom to donate.
Pascal Schuback, Chair of CrisisCommons’ board stated “There are many volunteers across the globe that have the skills and are willing to make a difference”. With many other crisis camps planned to take place globally, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and social innovators will continue to come together and be creative for the common good.
Written by Tanya Ellis