Nepal Hackathon

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In light of the major 6.9 earthquake that struck the Himalayan Region on September 18th., we are organizing an emergency Hackathon – Date: Sept 25th 2011 – 9 AM to 4 PM PST – we encourage remote participation. The event is being organized by Global Nepal Professional Network (GNPN – aka CAN-USA).

Background and Objective

The Hackathon will result in the creation of a portal to manage information flow real-time in the event of a disaster.  The portal will be designed to emulated the highly effective portal that was used during the Japan Tsunami Crisis. It will be built using Google appengine (open source) or Ushahidi (open source) or a mixture of both.

  • Please volunteer to manage this portal on an ongoing baisis and also specially during the time of crisis
  • Portal Name – any suggestion please send in the comment section below.

Suggested Portal Features

  1. Portal Should be both in Nepali and English
  2. Volunteer List : with bio and availability
  3. Person Finder (i’m looking for some one, I have information about someone)
  4. Useful links (news and information, government and other organization links)
  5. Transit Status (Trains, buses, airplane). Includes schedules and availability
  6. Shelter Information
  7. Travel Information
  8. Maps (could include locations where people can seek help on site, clean water wells and ponds, army and police camps etc)
  9. Ability to integrate news with social media (Twitter, Facebook and Youtube)
  10. Information on operational communication mediums (radio, TV, Internet, mobile phones, HAM radio – find out if some one already has one in Nepal)
  11. Should there be a feature for donating goods
  12. Hospital and field clinic Status Updates, needed supplies and expertiese
  13. Make a donation feature
  14. State Department link
  15. Translation Services
  16. Crowdsourcing to identify locations where people are trapped
  17. communication updates from local command and control centers in KTM
  18. Municipality contacts for areas in Nepal
  19. Information on Helicopters; Emergency transport services
  20. Information on Emergency contact with Indian border, and Himalayan region, Tibet, China
  21. Tab on rebuilding efforts and volunteer skill matching
  22. How do Diaspora send money to Nepal in state of crisis
  23. I’m OK feature
  24. VSAT Systems
  25. SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger
  26. 800 Phone number for people to call ???

The press release for the event has also been released.

If you would like to participate in this noble event or be involved even afterwards, please fill out the form below, and we will get back to you.

If you have any additional feature ideas, please write them in the comments section below.

One Response to “Nepal Hackathon”

    September 25th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    No connection at all either via skype or video conference


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    No connection at all either via skype or video conference