Interview: Splunk4Good Program Director Corey Marshall

Jan 21, 2014

Splunk is one of Geeks Without Bounds’ fiscal sponsors (the other being Tropo.

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 […]

Dublin Hacks Presentations!

Nov 27, 2013

We had a bunch of great projects presented at Dublin Hacks. Here are the details on their specs and focus. Search and Rescue S&R has the aspect of integrating smartphones with a central system, with volunteers on an open source map. They are creating an Android app to server communications. Users can search for and […]

Bachchao’s Indiegogo Campaign

Oct 11, 2013

Note: Trigger warning for victims of assault. _____________________________________________ One of our January 2013 accelerator teams, The Bachchao Project, is hosting their first crowdfunding campaign! CONTRIBUTE NOW The team has released a mobile distress app that aids crime victims in the event of an attack by alerting trusted contacts of the victim’s location and recording a […]

Introducing the Participatory Aid Marketplace

Jul 31, 2013

My cohort Matt Stempeck at the Center for Civic Media at MIT’s Media Lab recently finished his graduate thesis on participatory aid. We were also on a panel together at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. Here’s a blog he posted on the Civic Blog about his work – it’s reposted here with his permission. Unlike […]

Oklahoma Needs text via @Recovers_org #sms

May 25, 2013

“Effective immediately, survivors can text what they need to (405) 652-0949 and it will go into the needs database so that volunteers can contact them and meet the need. For example, a survivor can text “I need hot meals” to (405) 652-0949 and it will show up in this database as a need for all administrators to […]

Data Anywhere: a Participatory, Open Data Commons

May 14, 2013

from the DataAnywhere team / OccupyData Data is available in bits publicly, but aggregated by companies that want to charge for it.  Other data may be free in aggregate form, but is not available for live query/access, or data additions from the public.  This project aims to solve these problems, one data set at a […]

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 […]

Deployed Devices call

Mar 29, 2013

If you could put anything at all onto devices shipped into the field during disaster response, and they could stay through recovery, what would you put on them? What about a few million devices being shipped into developing areas? These are the questions we asked of ourselves and others in light of Microsoft’s Disaster response […]

Uchaguzi: Monitoring the 2013 Kenyan Election

Uchaguzi: Monitoring the 2013 Kenyan Election

Mar 4, 2013

Today is the Kenyan general election, and their first election since the new constitution was implemented. After the 2008 Kenyan election, violence erupted amid alleged charges of results manipulation. Ushahidi, a crowdsourced reporting platform, provided visualizations of violence and citizen reports during both the 2008 and 2010 elections. For the 2013 elections, Ushahidi has launched […]