The nuts and bolts behind 4636 in Haiti

22 Jan 2010 - 10:00am
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Michael Micheletti
2006

I've been following the work of Ushahidi for a while now. They've come up
with an emergency response system for Haiti based on short text messages and
Kreyol-speaking volunteers with intimate knowledge of their locations. They
make this data available to other organizations. I'm really impressed by the
design of this entire system; especially how technology is
lowest-common-denominator and hardly matters, and people form the core of
the system. Here's a blog post from their site explaining how the system
works:

http://blog.ushahidi.com/index.php/2010/01/22/the-nuts-and-bolts-behind-4636-in-haiti/

The system is in place and working now, having been designed and implemented
in a matter of days. Most impressive whole-system design work I've run
across in a very long time.

--
Michael Micheletti
michael.micheletti at gmail.com

Comments

22 Jan 2010 - 2:15pm
Patricia Colley
2010

Very cool and inspiring story. Great use of technology enabling true
community. Thank you for sharing, Michael.

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