Volunteers do tech to help out Haiti

Volunteers do tech to help out Haiti

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765937975_trVwk-S Hey, really cool stuff is happening across the US, where technology people worked together to people useful tech for the people of Haiti.

Check out the story on serve.gov.

UPDATE: CNN now has the story.

Over two hundred volunteers are getting together to build useful systems to help out, working with the Sunlight Foundation and CrisisCamp.

“In the hours after the earthquake in Haiti, two primary observations
within the tech community became clear," said Katie Stanton from the
Department of State. "First, there are many well-intentioned projects
in development by people all over the world – this information and
these applications need to be consolidated so we can share it with
those on the ground. The second is there is no central location for a
need and have list –essentially a Craigslist for Haiti.”

This is a work in progress, a really good example of people working together, over the Net, to help others out.

Disclaimer: I'm on the board of Sunlight.

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Mr. Newmark, thank you for highlighting these technological developments that has happened around the unfortunate events in Haiti. Previously, I have heard reports about how social media has made it possible to collect more money, but not on how it could directly improve the situation. Have you been able to implement any of the start-up developments? Thanks again for this blog entry, it is a true inspiration and it shows how more occupations than just the traditional ones (such as doctors, etc) can have something to offer in areas of need.

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