4

Silicon Beach: Crisis Camp Miami Geeks Brainstorm for Haiti Earthquake Relief

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Crisis Camp Haiti in Miami, which Silicon Beach previewed in a post here, took place last Saturday at the Miami Herald building. Nearly 100 techies, journalists, and other volunteers showed up, split into groups, and brainstormed ways technology can help Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Among the ideas set in motion were overhauling the We Have, We Need Exchange Wiki, which aims to help NGOs in Haiti with resources; working on mapping and Kreyol translation; and bringing Google's People Finder app to the iPhone.

In addition, the Miami Independent Media Center will work with tech companies, student journalists, and the local Haitian community to set up a Haiti Independent Media Center. And finally, one group will put together a database of local volunteer opportunities, which would eventually become be a 501(c)3 organization with a web portal.

Crisis Camp Haiti in Miami lasted five hours on a cold, wet, and

dreary day but fired up some interesting discussion and ideas

among geeks to help the Haitian relief process. 

But it didn't happen just in Miami. Patrick Barbanes,

one of the camp organizers, summed it up best in a tweet yesterday:

"We know techies have big brains. Their awesome response to Haiti

GLOBALLY reminds us they have big hearts, too."

The relief,

rebuilding, and healing process for Haiti doesn't stop here. To learn

more about ways you can help, visit Crisis Camp Haiti in Miami's resources page. 

The event was live-blogged by Mallory Colliflower (@malcolli) and Alex Tiegen (@alextiegen) and videotaped by Lori Todd (@loritodd). Check Crisis Camp Haiti in Miami for more coverage.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.