I’m a Trinity College grad (’04) and was quite excited to see how some enterprising students and faculty have harnessed the mobile web to help out in the relief efforts currently underway in Haiti. So much more worthwhile than another fart app.
The students and faculty developed a mobile application for Android phones that will be used by a nonprofit organization to monitor and distribute food to needy women and children in Haiti.
The new app will allow a message to be sent by phone and entered into a database by the end of the day, vastly improving the speed, accuracy and efficiency of the food delivery system. About 10,000 Haitians receive food rations through the current system, although women and children are being added monthly. Another 7,000 beneficiaries receive agricultural assistance in the form of seeds, plants and tools.
HFOSS’s POSIT: Haiti Admin’s Guide from Humanitarian FOSS Project on Vimeo.
A fully functional system was developed in June, including user guides and training materials that were translated into French and Haitian Creole by ACDI/VOCA staff. Also providing translation assistance was Leslie Demangles, professor of religion and international studies at Trinity, who helped narrate the user guide videos in Creole.
Check out the article for a bit more on the app and its development.