Can we build a disaster response capability in a weekend?
On the 12-13 Sept, Satellite Applications Catapult is hosting a hackathon event with the theme of Bring Your Own Disaster (and handle it!), opening their doors sharing the use of their facilities and tech gadgets all in one place: Oculus Rift, Leap Motion Controller, Arduino, all kinds of touch screen/surfaces, 3D projector to name a few.
With all the technical gadgets of the day, can we, citizens, better use the them for a space age humanitarian effort, using open data that is publicly available online? Can a missions operations center for Tech Demo Sat be turned into a disaster search and rescue center? Can you use VR and gaming to carry out humanitarian effort? Can drones be delivering relief and supplies?
Join the discussion at Facebook group.
Registration for the event: http://www.inventorthon.com/register-now/
Nepal Earthquake and related open dataset will be used a seed case, addressing scenarios ranging from detecting problems to routing relief efforts.
By all means, Bring Your Own Disaster (and handle it!). We've recently published a post on flood data if you need some ideas beyond the seed case of Nepal Earthquake.
Citizens, what would you invent?
Invention, where to start? How about start with something free - open data? In the UK, we are in luck. The United Kingdom is the country ranked #1 at the Global Open Data Index:
A snapshop from http://index.okfn.org/place/
How much open data we can find and piece together around "flood" as a topic? After all, flood has killed people and animals, destroying infrastructures and homes and it spreads infectious diseases.
What would you make of:
Where would you take it next? Disease surveillance and waterbourne outbreaks? Is there anything on World Health Organisation that you can use to derive some intelligence: http://apps.who.int/gho/data/?theme=home
We'd be intrigue to know hear from you on your citizen flood watching/prevention effort! Share with us in the comment below or tweet to us @citizeninventor