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Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (GMT)
CrisisCamps are a series of global workshops organised by members of CrisisCommons a global community of volunteers from academic, technology, crisis response organizations, government agencies, and individuals from other backgrounds who are working together to build and use ICT technology tools to improve the response to disasters and crisis situations but also to improve resiliency and preparedness prior a crisis. The event organisers hope to create awareness amongst crisis response organizations, academics, government agencies, and citizens on how (open source) software & hardware can be used to build technology tools for these types of situation.
CrisisCamp began in March 2009 as an event to connect crisis management and global development practitioners to the technology volunteer community. During the Haiti response, CrisisCamp became a global movement and added a response mechanism to the community.
Haiti Connect has been running & supporting technology based aid & rebuilding projects in Haiti since shortly after the earthquake of 2010. Through direct experience they have seen the advantages of using modern, digital technologies in these environments. With this event we intend to start an ongoing series of workshops and events based around this theme. We hope that together with the participants we can come up with innovative ideas and applications and will assist in the future development of these.
We are inviting people with backgrounds in telecommunications, database design, data mining, Interface design, Hardware hacks, coders,telemedicine, GIS & mapping but also people with backgrounds in actual disaster response, medicine, linguistics, mathematics and more.
I hope that we can count on you to either attend the event or to assist in spreading awareness about CrisisCamp Ireland. Participation and support will put you in position to use your skills, creativity and experience towards projects that will save lives in future crisis situations.
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Haiti Connect, is an Irish nonprofit volunteer organization. It was established days after the earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti on January 12, 2010 killing over 200,000 people, displaced millions and destroyed much of the infrastructure. Our aim is to assist the people of Haiti and Haitian organisations to improve their lives, economy and country.
Technology we started out working to to provide Internet access to other NGO’s, hospitals, orphanages and other suitable locations using wifi technology. This is still the main focus of our work but in the year that we have been active in Haiti we have expanded this focus greatly. In addition to Internet access we are also providing computer equipment and networks. We provide electrical power when we can and do our best raising and providing medical supplies and equipment. In short we will try to do whatever is needed.
Haiti Connect is global. We work with volunteers from all over the globe. The initial publicity was pushed out through various social media channels: Twitter, Facebook andLinkedIn and we have received a huge wave of interest both from volunteers, sponsors and groups in Haiti interested in using our services.