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[liberationtech] CrisisCamp Boston - Jan 19/20

Rodrigo Davies rodrigo.davies at
Wed Jan 9 07:42:37 PST 2013

Dear all,

We're holding another instalment of Crisis Camp on 19th/20th January,
at the MIT Media Lab. Would love to have the input of liberationtech
folks who are in the area. Please forward on to others you think may
be interested!


CrisisCamp Boston

Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, January 20, 2013 at
4:00 PM (EST)

Center for Civic Media, Room 344, MIT Media Lab, Wiesner Building
(E15), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

CrisisCamp brings together domain experts, developers, and first
responders around improving technology and practice for humanitarian
crisis management and disaster relief.

Each and every day, people across the world can find themselves in
crisis. Whether it be for a day, a month or an area of social
distress, we all have a common need to connect with loved ones, access
information and offer assistance to others.

CrisisCamps are hosted in a barcamp style where great minds come
together to share their knowledge and expertise for social good.

In response to Hurricane Sandy a group of netizens began to congregate
online via etherpads, Google Docs, and IRC calling themselves
Hurricane Hackers. In trying to find a fit between a predominant set
of technological skills and Sandy needs, HurricaneHackers converged
with SandyCrisisCamps and rebooted CrisisCamp Boston in conjunction
with a globally coordinated hackathon held November 3rd.

It quickly became clear that effective crisis response is built upon
preexisting disaster preparedness efforts which is why we are
organizing a series of 2013 CrisisCamp Boston hackathons!

Come design, code, and learn with other people at the MIT Media Lab.
Even if you aren't a software developer there will be plenty to do
including sharing experiences and ideas, documenting activity, running
social media communications, taking and editing video, organizing
future events, etc!

This event is free and open to the public.

Come prepared:

Make sure your programs are up to date.
Learn how github works.
Review projects and lessons learned from the last CrisisCamp Boston.
Check out the CrisisCamp Boston page on the CrisisCommons wiki for
more information.

Connect with other CrisisCampers on:

Google Groups

There will also be local Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on hand to
discuss how technology can be used (and not) in crisis situations.

About CrisisCommons -

CrisisCommons seeks to advance and support the use of open data and
volunteer technology communities to catalyze innovation in crisis
management and global development.

CrisisCommons is a global community of volunteers from technology,
crisis response organizations, government agencies, and citizens that
are working together to build and use technology tools to help respond
to disasters and improve resiliency and response before a crisis.

Rodrigo Davies
Research Assistant, MIT Center for Civic Media
M.S. Candidate, Comparative Media Studies
T: +1 857 250 1254
Skype: rodrigodavies

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