After Sandy, ‘Hackathon’ for Disaster Relief Apps

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 12, 2012 Last Updated: November 14, 2012
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NEW YORK—A new hardware component developed during this weekend’s “hackathon” in New York City will plug into a wall and notify people when the power fails.

POD, awarded first place in the event, will send a text message to homeowners and power companies to let them know when the power is out at a certain location.

The “hackathon” was held in New York in the wake of Superstorm Sandy two weeks ago, and was hosted by technology firms Rain NYC and TelAPI, which described the event as a congregation of some of the best technology innovators in the city to aid in future disaster relief efforts.

In second place was HomeBase, a messaging application for your apartment, office building, or other facility to create a profile, allowing residents to message tenants in the building.

“This is great for sharing information and resources especially when you’re away from your building in an evacuation situation,” the groups said in a release.

Another innovative product that was built was SafetyNet, which gives users the ability to quickly send out a text message to family and emergency service personnel in case of an emergency.

Sprout Help, yet another product, is an SMS, Twitter, and Web app that “uses geolocating to match those in need with volunteers who are willing and able to help” in an emergency.

“There is a huge desire to volunteer post-natural disaster, but knowing what the need may be and where sites are located can be a huge challenge,” the release reads.

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