If you know how to code,
will you help?
Call to Arms: Developers vs. Typhoon Haiyan
Can you save lives in the Philippines from your living room? I think you can. And as both a Filipino and a member of the European tech community, I'm asking you to at least try.
The most powerful typhoon ever to hit land is ravaging the Philippines as we speak. Thousands have been displaced and thousands more will find themselves homeless, hungry, sick and severely injured. Traditionally, when we call out for help, we look to NGOs for food, medicine or money. This time, we're looking to developers for their time.
The Office of the President of the Philippines has provided a list of tech-based needs to facilitate rescue coordination, crisis communication and relief distribution. The Geeklist Corps of Developers has integrated these challenges into this space to coordinate humanitarian coding efforts. Everything is ready. All we need is you.
Please help us make this happen.
Co-founder and CEO, Five by Five
Office of the Presidential Spokesperson
Director, Geeklist Corps of Developers
TYPHOON HAIYAN PROBLEMS TECH CAN HELP SOLVE
(Sent by the Office of the President of the Philippines)
Right now, aside from monitoring @govph and the TS Yolanda page, there is no one application or website that collates the most important/recent updates from official accounts. It would be helpful to have something to show the latest important updates from official accounts, and maybe even updates from your LGU based on your location.
Currently, the #walangpasok ("no classes") hashtag is monitored by members of the team and updates to the list of class suspensions are added manually. Automating this process would be very helpful.
This is a big issue with a lot of places that could be streamlined. What was done in the past online for rescue efforts is there were volunteers who manually monitored the hashtag #RescuePH and the latest updates sent on http://rescueph.com/, for calls for rescue. Lists manually compiled to an .xls file from both these avenues is sent to us, and we forward them to point persons in the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
This is more for right after the typhoon passes, but in previous calamities we've run into some specific problems on the coordination of relief efforts.
Photograph: Erik de Castro/Reuters