Noke U-Lock

The Nokē U-Lock is a fantastic idea which combines security and the smart phone. I love the simplicity of it, I really like that it can be tracked and also that it has an alarm system installed. Very impressive stuff! Watch the video below. I want one!

TapTap App

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.

TETHR - App Creation Software

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 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:

Global Emergency Overview App

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.

Apps for Communities

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.

Qualitative data gathering

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.