When Hurricane Sandy struck earlier this week, the MIT Media Lab responded almost immediately, creating the “Hurricane Hackers.” The project started as a crowdsourced document in order to gather real-time information on projects related to Hurricane Sandy. This weekend, however, that document will spawn a CrisisCommons event.
Called “CrisisCamp Boston,” the event is free and open to the public, allowing anyone to design, code and learn with others at the Media Lab. All the organizing team asks is participants come prepared by making sure their programs are up-to-date and they know how GitHub works.
The Hurricane Hackers have already started creating potential projects, including “SandysList,” an app to connect the people that need resources, whether it be food, water or a place to stay, with those who can help, as well as “SandyTimeline,” a crowdsourced, rich-media timeline cataloging the key events that have occurred since Hurricane Sandy started to unfold.
Beyond coding, the event will also feature talks by local Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on how technology can and can’t be used in these types of disaster situations.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m., but participants are able to show up at any point in the day. The more who give their support early on, however, the more powerful the event will be. After looking at the photos of the havoc Hurricane Sandy wreaked on New York City (below), you’ll want to swing by the Media Lab as soon as possible on Saturday. To register, click here.