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How a tweet brought makeshift 911 services to life in Haiti | Ve Haiti’s earthquake devastated not only lives. It destroyed whatever emergency services the barely functioning government had to offer. But in less than five days, a makeshift version of 911 sprung to life. It’s a striking story of how a few tech-savvy social entrepreneurs, receptive ears in the U.S. government and hundreds of Haitian Creole-speaking strangers crowdsourced from around the world were able to help people on the ground get food or medical attention. Hours after the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, 23-year-old Josh Nesbit (pictured right), who heads a non-profit delivering health care in Sub-Saharan Africa through mobile phones, thought that an SMS gateway would be critical in Haiti. He sent a tweet out asking for help. How a tweet brought makeshift 911 services to life in Haiti | Ve
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Inception FrontlineSMS:Medic was preceded by two independent projects, Mobiles in Malawi and MobilizeMRS. Josh Nesbit initiated Mobiles in Malawi in the summer of 2007, working at a rural Malawian hospital that serves 250,000 patients spread 100 miles in every direction. FrontlineSMS:Medic | Text Messages Save Lives FrontlineSMS:Medic | Text Messages Save Lives | Old phones save lives. Donate yours to a medica Earth Day Campaign: Resurrect the Cell Phone Graveyard GOOD Magazine recently featured Hope Phones and our Earth Day campaign with Every Mother Counts. We are aiming to collect as many phones as we can to support healthcare workers and mothers across the globe. We have been thrilled with the response and support. Please check out the post here @ Thank you so much for... | Old phones save lives. Donate yours to a medica
Mechanical Turk to Crowdsource Humanitarian Response « iRe Mechanical Turk to Crowdsource Humanitarian Response « iRe I’m increasingly intrigued by the idea of applying Mechanical Turk services to humanitarian response. Mechanical Turk was first developed by Amazon to crowdsource and pay for simple tasks. An excellent example of a Mechanical Turk service in the field of ICT for Development (ICT4D) is txteagle, a platform that enables mobile phone subscribers in developing countries to earn money and accumulate savings by completing simple SMS-based micro-tasks for large corporate clients. txteagle has been used to translate pieces of text by splitting them into individual words and sending these out by SMS. Subscribers can then reply with the translation and earn some money in the process. This automatic compensation system uses statistical machinery to automatically evaluate the value of submitted work. In Haiti, Samasource and Crowdflower have partnered with Ushahidi and FrontlineSMS to set up a Mechanical Turk service called “Mission 4636“.
Project 4636 InfoGraphic Ushahidi Blog Hot on the heals of Brian’s excellent summary of the 4636 Project development efforts, I’d like to join in with a little info-graphic of sorts. My goal in putting this together is to present an easy-to-understand “big-picture” graphic that illustrates how a simple SMS, sent from a Haitian in need, can be transformed into a powerful resource that fuels the crisis response and recovery effort. A Quick Recap of Project 4636 And here’s the full graphic: Project 4636 InfoGraphic Ushahidi Blog
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Unprecedented Role SMS in Disaster Response – Cross-posted on Patrick Meier’s blog iRevolution. What if we could communicate with disaster affected communities in real-time just days after a major disaster like the quake in Haiti? That is exactly what happened thanks to a partnership between the Emergency Information Service (EIS), InSTEDD, Ushahidi, Haitian Telcos and the US State Department. Just 4 days after the earthquake, Haitians could text their location and urgent needs to “4636” for free. Unprecedented Role SMS in Disaster Response –