Really interesting article of about Facebook helping UN to provide Refugees free internet access to contact family and friends and access information of local resources and services available.
Yes it was held 2 years ago but the essence of this conference further highlights the opportunities of using smart phones in a humanitarian crisis. NOMAD, the company said:
"These new features will add to an already impressive array of functions smartphone-based data collection tools are allowing aid workers to perform in the field. These include: the ability to snap pictures, record GPS coordinates and other spatial data for maps and graphics, scan bar codes for keeping track of inventories, input survey responses gathered in remote field locations and transmit all this data to secure servers and command centers instantaneously. The less time it takes to collect, upload and analyse data, the quicker humanitarian agencies can understand and respond to the needs of poor communities or populations devastated by natural disasters or violent conflict."
NOMAD used the event to mainly focus on using technology to improve efficiencies of cataloguing, monitoring and the distribution of aid. A really interesting read: http://www.elrha.org/hif-blog/smartening-nomad-2013-paris-workshop/
Another great quote from NOMAD, "The advantages of using mobile tools for data collection in humanitarian and development setting is increasingly harder to disregard."
For more information about NOMAD visit their website at: http://humanitarian-nomad.org
I will be contacting them to try and arrange a meeting.
In dangerous places around the world, where soldiers or police officers may be committing human rights abuses, a mobile phone has become a key weapon. In the hands of campaigners and victims of abuse, it can provide valuable video evidence of crimes.
A pop up power station which filled with helium and raised high into the sky. The device has a wind turbine attached to create energy and it can also be used to increase cellular and 3G reception to mobile phones on the ground.
Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five 5 times faster than typing on the keyboard.
Ive used this app quite abit before but it could be an amazing tool for someone who is completely deaf. This is relying on both parties being competent at reading and writing. Many people who are deaf from birth can often have poor literacy skills (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26240043). Still this tool could be very helpful, with SCOPE estimating 10 million in the UK suffering with hearing impairment (1 in 6). https://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/diagnosis/hearing-impairment.
Tap Tap helps deaf and hearing impaired people respond to their audio environment. Shout, honk, crash and TapTap will let you know you are being called. Adjust sensitivity for noisier environments. Adjusts with increased background noise levels.
Coming up with a great idea is half the battle of this project. Designing an effective and easy to use interface will be extremely important. TETHR by invisionapp.com is a very powerful smart phone app creating tool. This site uses a very simple drag and drop interface which allows the user to plan, map out and create a intuitive, beautifully designed app.
Wireframes ready to design our app.
Easy to use drag and drop interface
Live app preview within the software to test out app before exporting to a smart phone.
For more information see: http://www.invisionapp.com/tethr
Really interesting quick thoughts from Lars Peter Nissen about responding to Humanitarian emergencies. His thought tie in really well with my previous research and thinking of VITAL5.
The Global Emergency Overview app is updated weekly which provides a snapshot of the highest priority humanitarian events currently happening in the world. The Android app store describes the app "The primary objective of the Global Overview is to inform humanitarian decision makers by presenting a summary of major humanitarian crises, both recent and protracted. It is designed to provide answers to four questions:
1. Which humanitarian crises currently exist? (World map)
2. What has happened in the last seven days? (Highlights and snapshot)
3. What is the situation in the country affected by a crisis? (Narrative)
4. Which countries could be prioritised in terms of humanitarian response? (Prioritisation)".
The extremely user friendly and intuitive app is used by many aid agencies and volunteers throughout the world.
Really great foundation which encourages developers to create software systems which help in the community. You can volunteer to test the apps or put forward a concept to receive funding. Really great group with some interesting projects on the go.
The Brownie Points concept is inspired by the 'Pay it Forward' concept but is quite different. This idea allows anyone to donate their time or skills services no matter how small. Brownie points are earned and can be redeemed within the app/website. For instance a Piano Teacher could give 5 hours of lessons to the Brownie Points website and earn 5 brownie points. These points could be used to redeem 5 hours from a landscape gardener or take 5 hours of art lessons in the community. All the services would be on a local level and no money would change hands. This service encourages community involvement and allows individuals to receive and give services for free.
With a tear in my eye I write this post, wow what a wonderful app! This app provides a live instanteneous tool for people who are visually impaired.
"The new iOS app provides a video stream, similar to Apple's FaceTime video calling, that connects someone visually impaired with someone able to see and willing to help out. The app's inventor, Hans Jørgen Wiberg, was inspired by FaceTime and how some of his blind friends were using it for visual help." (Bemyeyes.com)
I could explain how the process works but the short video puts it much better than I could. Could this type of app be a potential area for my final MA project?
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Asking a combination of quantative and qualitative questions can often produce a more thorough understanding from questionnaire. Here are some ideas for possible qualitative question areas in a crisis.
What sort of things could a smart phone app find out from those on the ground? Perhaps an app could focus on the basics or the vital signs which humans need to survive.
Random acts of kindness. Some really touching pictures of neighbours and residents in New York City sharing power so people can call their family to let then know they are safe. Really impressed!