[talk-ph] [Fwd: RapidFTR project (for UNICEF). Please join us!]

George Tujan gtujan at gmail.com
Thu Mar 25 10:44:34 GMT 2010

Maybe they should just integrate with Ushahidi?

On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 6:36 PM, Ronny Ager-Wick - Develo Ltd. <
raw at develo.ltd.uk> wrote:

>  Crossposting this to:
> Philippine Ruby Users Group (http://groups.google.com/group/ruby-phil)
> Openstreetmap Philippines (
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Philippines)
> This just came into my inbox from my local London Google OSJam mailing
> list. Although I don't expect anyone to be able to get to the meeting in
> Holborn (part of central London), I think there may be some on both lists
> that may be interested in participating in this software, particularly as
> disasters where this software can help are known to occur in the
> Philippines, it's written in Ruby on Rails and mapping integration is likely
> to be useful to implement.
> I'll try to join them on Saturday, if I can manage to shift around other
> arrangements.
> Hope this is of interest!
> Ronny.
> -------- Original Message --------  Subject: [open-source-jam] Open source
> code jam this Sat 27th, Holborn, London: RapidFTR project (for UNICEF).
> Please join us!  Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 16:30:04 -0700 (PDT)  From: Tom
> <tom.elkin at gmail.com> <tom.elkin at gmail.com>  Reply-To:
> london-open-source-jam at googlegroups.com  To: London Open Source Jam
> <london-open-source-jam at googlegroups.com><london-open-source-jam at googlegroups.com>  CC:
> telkin at thoughtworks.com
> Hi all.  Apologies for posting at such short notice, but hopefully
> this will be of interest to some of you.  We're hosting a code jam at
> the Thoughtworks office in Holborn this Saturday to work on the open
> source RapidFTR project (http://www.rapidftr.com).
> RapidFTR was an idea coined by post-grad students at New York
> University, which some of us at Thoughtworks have been helping them to
> implement.  It's a great idea that can make a massive difference to
> the Family Tracing and Reunification work that aid organisations do in
> humanitarian disaster areas.  i.e. reuniting lost children with their
> families.  (See the RapidFTR website for details.)  UNICEF are already
> very interested in it, and would like to be able to deploy it as soon
> as possible.  (The first areas they will deploy it to would probably
> be Haiti, and IDP camps in Uganda and Sudan.)
> We're having the code jam to see if we can get enough done so that it
> can start being used in the field.  There's also lots more we would
> like to add after the initial deployment if people are are keen to
> work help out beyond this Saturday.  There are many different areas
> that people can help with:
> RESTful API and Ruby on Rails backend, and a web admin interface;
> Search functionality (CouchDB);
> Blackberry phone client (specifically requested by UNICEF since that's
> what their aid workers have);
> Android phone client (so RapidFTR can be used by more NGOs);
> Any other form of RapidFTR client that people are interested in
> building.
> For more information about the project please visit: http://www.rapidftr.com/
> Event details:
> Saturday March 27, 2010  from 10:00am - 4:00pm (or as long as people
> can stay)
> ThoughtWorks UK Office
> Berkshire House, 168-173 High Holborn
> London, United Kingdom, England WC1V 7AA
> If you think you might want to get involved, please just ping me a
> mail: telkin at thoughtworks.com so we can make sure we have plenty of
> food and drink for everyone.  :-)  If there's a particular functional
> area you'd like to work on, let me know that to.
> Thanks!
> Tom
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