Last Spring, CTNSP launched the Disaster Apps Challenge (http://disasterapps.challengepost.com) and the Explosive Remnants of War and Land Mine Reporting Apps Challenge (http://erwlandmineapps.challengepost.com). During the 2014 TIDES Demo we'll host a panel on "Innovation in Government" to recognize winners of the challenge. Click here to see TIDES Demo schedule: https://tidesdemo14.eventbrite.com See below for more on our challenge winners!
DISASTER APPS CHALLENGE
Our goal for the Disaster Apps challenge was to enhance awareness and sustainability of apps that are effectively used during emergencies. We received a total of eight submissions. Click here to view all the submissions: http://disasterapps.challengepost.com/submissions
Winners include: 1st Place: GovSAFE, the Survivor Assistance Form Editor (SAFE) which provides location service and identifies local Disaster Assistance Centers (DAC); 2nd Place: Siaga Banjir (Jakarta Flood Alert), a monitoring and flood alert system; 3rd Place: National Storm Shelter GPS Precise Map Points, which helps citizens report location of available shelters; and receiving an honorable mention, Black Mamba Rescue Beacon, which allows citizens to quickly group, triangulate, and find those that need help. developers to build upon an open source disaster relief application that is already being used in the field. These applications have shown great promise in increasing the efficiency and response time of the humanitarian sector. The challenge offered developers the opportunity to demonstrate their application’s value to citizens and first responders.
We have a running list of disaster apps that we will continually update from time-to-time. You can find that list here: http://star-tides.net/documents/disaster-apps-repository
ERW and Landmine Reporting Apps Challenge
The National Defense University’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) is pleased to announce the winners for the Explosive Remnants of War and Land Mine Reporting Apps Challenge. Each year, a large number of civilians are killed and injured by unexploded weapons such as artillery shells, mortars, grenades, bombs and rocks. These explosive remnants of war (ERW) regularly disrupt daily civilian life in current war and conflict zones. To combat the problem, the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at the National Defense University (NDU) challenged developers to come up with a mechanism to keep “eyes on the street” and transform ordinary citizen’s mobile devices into tools that can be used to report ERW and land mines to the appropriate authorities.
The CTNSP ERW and Land Mine Reporting Apps Challenge first place winner was Channel 16 - Land Mine Reporting (LMR), which reports suspicious findings with text, photos, or audio messages, and alerts other users nearby. In second place is Flare which allows 2G, SMS based mine reporting at a very low cost. Finally, in third place was ERW Detector which helps detect and report explosive remnants of war.