Grassroots Mutual Aid Coordination for Crisis Response

Grassroots Mutual Aid Coordination for Crisis Response

Sep 7, 2017

NB: This is the initial challenge that started the virtual hackathon for disaster response this week. We have since opened the event up for additional challenges, including bug fixes and feature requests on existing open source disaster response projects. ALL WORK for this event is intended to be released with an open license listed at […]

Crisis Response Activation for Software Developers

Crisis Response Activation for Software Developers

Sep 6, 2017

NEEDED IMMEDIATELY: Software architects, UI/UX designers, coders, database developers Join our Virtual Hackathon in progress NOW. Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas. Hurricane Irma is hitting the Caribbean now and is on its way to Florida. The Western US is dealing with thousands of fires that are threatening homes, businesses, farms, and millions of acres of […]

Digital Humanitarian Network Summit 2013: Summary and Outcomes

Jan 13, 2014

The Digital Humanitarian Network Summit 2013 was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of members of the response community had gathered for International Conference of Crisis Mappers 2013, and DHN was an pertinent, actionable followup to a meeting of minds around crisis mapping and humanitarian response. The weekend focused on the following breakout sessions: Why do […]

Open Badges for Crisis Response

Jan 8, 2014

Just before the Dublin Hacks event, I found myself in London for Mozfest, the yearly conference for Mozilla. I was there to wander and schmooze, but then I met Jess Klein (now listed on our Who-Is page!). She was working on HackLabs in disaster areas, based on her experience during Hurricane Sandy. What would be […]

Self Care and the Humanitarian Response Worker

Dec 18, 2013

As the response community continues to manage the ongoing efforts in the Philippines, long-term stressors are coming to the fore as responders are faced with the pain of those in need. While we are not the affected populations that desperately need aid and resources, we are most definitely vulnerable to those same traumas that they […]

Stop Hacking without specing: a Top 10 needed (Crossposted via

Nov 15, 2013

NOTE: This is cross posted (with permission from Heather Leson).  The original post can be found here Stop Hacking without specing: a Top 10 needed Posted in community, crisis, CrisisCommons, CrisisMappers, Geeks without Bounds, Humanitarian,Mappers, open data By Heather On November 15, 2013   Here we are again. It is the day before a mass of hackathons occur around the world. It is exciting and […]

Colorado Flooding Resources

Sep 13, 2013

Official Response Humanity Road has this phenomenal, and comprehensive, list of official pages and resources for the Colorado Floods. (And they’re just great in general) Maps Google Crisis Map CrowdMap Community Response Ongoing community resources doc from local folk (before they were evacuated) (you can embed this in other places via this code: <iframe src=””></iframe> ) […]

The Open Humanitarian Initiative Code Sprint

Sep 4, 2013

Next week, from the 9th to the 13th of September, technologists and subject matter experts are going to get together each day at locations in Birmingham, England and Arlington, VA (near Washington, DC) to work on Open Humanitarian software. The Open Humanitarian Initiative is a technology incubator and accelerator that will enable the sharing of […]

Boston Review

Boston Review

Apr 26, 2013

So, I was at the lovely H4D2 conference, after the hackathon, hearing about tools people had built for response. One of my favorites was @SemanticFire. But I was peopled-out, and left dinner early. Connecting my phone to the wifi for one last twitter check before a book and bed, a deluge of texts and IMs […]

Data Anywhere for Disaster Response

Apr 12, 2013

In the last couple of decades, vast amounts of data have been collected about people, environments and situations. That data tends to exist in quarantined silos, aggregated only by organizations that spend large sums for that data and then keep the new aggregate in their own quarantined silos. This means that data is available for […]