The New York Tech Meetup signed up over 800 potential volunteers to help build tools on the fly. Perhaps the most successful has been the Sandy Coworking Crowdmap, which helped businesses displaced by the storm find places to set up shop free. The map worked, and a big reason was that the local tech industry excels at spreading information internally. Efforts to reach the larger city have not caught on as easily (in part because many people’s phones did not work in the immediate aftermath of the storm).
Today we launched both registration for the #NYTechResponds Sandy Benefit Weekend and our #NYTechResponds Sandy Benefit Campaign:
The following is cross-post of http://nytechresponds.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/nytechresponds-day-5-wrap-up/. Remember we’ll be posting less to this blog as we move the new site at http://nytechresponds.wordpress.com. Please go there FIRST for updates on #NYTechResponds and NYTM response to Sandy.
Working on a new technology app, platform, tool, etc. to help support #Sandy relief. Have an idea for one? Have a need for a technology tool to support your relief effort? ENTER IT HERE – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Atzn4MFqzJfPdFNGY3lSdS1yTkc2LU5Oc3NoUHRVZXc&pli=1#gid=0
Also remember we’ll be posting less to this blog as we move to the WordPress site we’re using — it’s at http://nytechresponds.wordpress.com. Please go there FIRST for updates on #NYTechResponds and NYTM response to Sandy.
Today’s focus for the NY Tech community is direct help of impacted communities and families. A number of people will be gathering at 520 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn today at the The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew which will be used as central depot and organizational location for relief efforts. If you can, please stop by there, or other volunteer spots in the city, and HELP OUT.
Also remember we’ll be starting to post less to this blog as we move to the WordPress site we’re using — it’s at http://nytechresponds.wordpress.com. Please go there FIRST for updates on #NYTechResponds and NYTM response to Sandy.
In just over 48 hours, we’ve already outgrown this blogger site, and are moving our presence over to WordPress today. Going forward www.nytechresponds.org will redirect you to the new WordPress site. The DNS is being re-pointed now so if you’re still getting sent to “old” blog, you can go directly to http://nytechresponds.wordpress.com/ while the DNS change makes its way around the internet.
Another productive day. Here are some updates.
We have received a number of e-mails, tweets, etc. expressing enthusiasm for a hackathon. 48 hours ago we targeted a Saturday event; yesterday we discussed a date in the middle of next week. As we’ve been thinking today about the hackathon timing and location, a number of concerns have come up about doing a hackathon even a week out from today. These concerns can be summarized as:
- Planning efforts for a hackathon may take away from time and cycles that should be spent on direct action and immediate aid
- Primary aid (food, shelter, basic supplies, first aid, essential connectivity) is still the more pressing need right now over technology; significant portions of the population will still be struggling for the basics come next week
- Transportation may still be a problem next week
- Current bootstrapped processes such as those being employed by groups like Hurricane Hackers are producing concerte results — code is shipping (e.g., http://sandy.hydr0.com/)
- We’re still not clear on what the exact nature and priority of the needs are that should be the focus for the technical community to address – we should look to build platforms and tools that both help in Sandy recover as well as become durable platforms for future responses
- The city agencies we’d like to work with are buried and are not in a position to focus on a hackathon; not having their participation would be a big gap as their involvement allows us access to a whole host of tools, data, and expertise that would make what is developed at the hackathon much more useful
- Continue to maximize the use of the various co-working spaces that have opened their doors to members of the technology community. These co-working spaces can be found using the http://sandycoworking.nytechresponds.org/ tool
- Consider working with several planned upcoming hackathons; encourage them to focus on Sandy related relief projects
- Plan for a #NYTechResponds hackathon for later in the month when needs are better understood and transit is better recovered; this will also give us time to better plan for the fundraising angles we’d like to tie into this event
- Hold a hackathon that emphasizes getting bright, talented people from different organizations and background in a room to crowdsolve problems in working groups based on expertise and experience.
- Shipped a really useful too to match demand with supply – see http://sandy.hydr0.com/
- Released an announcement about their work to date, charter, mission, etc. here: http://sukeyio.blogspot.com/2012/11/hackers-unite-help-sandy-victims-join.html
- Hurricane Hacker Request and Offer Help App: http://sandy.hydr0.com/
- CoWorking Space Finder App: http://sandycoworking.nytechresponds.org
- Form to use if you need technical support: http://bit.ly/hurricanetechhelp
- Form to use if you’d like to volunteer and supply technical support: http://bit.ly/hurricanetechvolunteers
“Sponsor a volunteer” fundraising platform
As we were thinking about the hackathon, we also discussed doing a “sponsor a volunteer” pledge drive whereby donors could give money to charities by pledging money per hour of volunteer work — essentially a way of “double dipping” whereby each hour of volunteer work produces both concerte action and new dollars to support relief. Take a look at the basic spec we put together for the idea here –
http://bit.ly/SponsorAVolunteerAppSpec. Let us know what you think and if you might like to help build this idea out.
Hurricane Hackers published an announcement a bit ago about the great work they are doing. Check it out at http://sukeyio.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/hackers-unite-help-sandy-victims-join.html, and pasted below:
Hackers Unite! Help #Sandy Victims. Join #HurricaneHackers on irc.freenode.net and follow @hurricanehackrs on twitter
Then read the HH-Projects list here: http://bit.ly/hh-projects-read |
tunes:http://turntable.fm/hurricane_jammin | follow us @hurricanehackrs.
Also: Join or organize a Sandy CrisisCamp this weekend:http://crisiscommons.org/2012/10/30/sandycrisiscamp/