Monthly Archives: October 2014

Disaster Apps Challenge Winners Interview with Black Mamba

Q:   Please introduce the main features/characteristics of your application. The Black Mamba App is the world’s simplest rescue beacon. With one tap, you turn on the app and send your position to your friends and family. Q:  What was the … Continue reading

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Disaster Apps Challenge Winners Interview with Jakarta Floods (Siaga Banjir)

DISCLAIMER: Jakarta Flood Alert was originally named “Siaga Banjir” —the language used in the app is Bahasa Indonesia. We developed the English version in order to easily explain the functions of the app for the competition. Siaga Banjir can be … Continue reading

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Disaster Apps Challenge Winners Internview with Pin Point Safety (PPS)

Q: Please introduce the main features/characteristics of your application. Anyone can use PPS to register the precise location of assets such a fixed safety shelter or their immediate location when in danger. Emergency response systems can now use PPS to … Continue reading

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Disaster Apps Challenge Winners Interview with GovSAFE

Q:   Please introduce the main features/characteristics of your application. Our application takes existing government documents and overlays text fields in the appropriate areas, allowing information from a database to be inserted into the proper fields. Those documents can be printed … Continue reading

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ERW Challenge Winners: Interview With ERW Detector Developer

Q: Please introduce the main features/characteristics of your application. A: The Main features of my application are as follows: 1. To use your phone as a tool for detecting metal objects or dangerous land mines and explosives. Just swipe your … Continue reading

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ERW Challenge Winners: Interview With Flare Developer

Q: Please introduce the main features/characteristics of your application. A: The application has two parts: the web application where authorities can see reports of landmines made by citizens, and an Android application that is installed on phone’s specially set up … Continue reading

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ERW Challenge Winners: Interview With Philipp Bruess-Schneeweis Developer With Channel 16.me

Q:  Please introduce the main features/characteristics of your application. A: The main feature of Channel16.me LMR is to report ERW findings to a centralized database by exact location and text messages, voice messages or photos. Reporting by voice or photo makes the … Continue reading

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Fostering innovation and preparedness: The people are the solution.

By Ian Roxborough The message from three distinguished speakers from the U.S. Government was “the people are the solution.” The 8th annual Tides Tech Demo at Fort McNair hosted a panel featuring Ms. Heather King, Director for Preparedness Policy at … Continue reading

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Too much data, not enough sense?

By Ian Roxborough We are great at collecting data: we now have all sorts of sensors feeding us huge volumes of data. The problem comes in analyzing the data and in making decisions based on that data. We need to … Continue reading

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The Crapper: Everyone needs one.

By Ian Roxborough The Toilets for People exhibit at the 8th TIDES tech demo stood out from the crowd: the Crapper, a cheap, easy to make toilet that doesn’t use water. It uses dry-composting techniques to deal with human waste. … Continue reading

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