For the Bluemixathon challenge, we're asking you to build apps, using at least one Bluemix service, to help one of the following groups:
- Persons immediately impacted by the disaster. For example, people who have lost or had to leave their homes due to natural or man-made disasters. This group also includes people who lose their job because their place of employment was directly impacted.
- Families, friends, colleagues of individuals impacted by the disaster. For example, individuals trying to contact or provide assistance to loved ones caught in the disaster.
- First responders and backend support teams, including healthcare organizations. For example, firefighters, police officers, volunteer community teams, military personnel, etc., dealing with the immediate impact in the first few days after the event.
- Groups and relief organizations dedicated to long term rebuilding activities. This includes businesses, government agencies, national/international relief organizations, church groups, etc.
Does the idea of helping change how we deal with disasters move your heart, but you’re still struggling with what to do or how to help? Check out some more inspiring videos below.
And speaking of inspiration: We’ve done a bit of brainstorming and have come up with some potential app ideas to help you get started. These are just suggestions; you can, of course, continue to work on something you’ve already started, or take a piece of one of these ideas and combine it with something else.
Pro tip: There’s a Bluemix tool suitable for each of these app suggestions. We’ve created a tools glossary with all the relevant information and links.
You may also want to peruse the resources from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. The site has videos, podcasts, workshops, satellite imagery interpretation guides, and a host of other informative content about humanitarian crises around the world.