A Hackathon looks to Web 2.0 Ideals to Help in Disaster Response

Web 2.0 isn’t just about giving users more interaction and social connection. It’s also a mindset. It’s a mindset that encourages people to utilize their collective power with the web. It looks like some folks in Europe are going to be doing just that in the near future.

When you read the word “hackathon” we’re pretty sure that bad thoughts came into your head. But they shouldn’t. According to the website Finchannel.com, “a two-day hackathon is being hosted at Aston University [from the] 21st – 23rd [of] September.” Ok, so what does that even mean?

Well, it means that there will be a meeting of minds to figure out how Web 2.0 concepts like social media technologies can help in disaster response. Again from the article, “the event will allow participants to work together to develop software and solutions to real-world problems faced by emergency management experts.” Basically, this hackathon will be open to anyone with the talent and skill to help European governments use social media and Web 2.0 tech to respond to emergencies and disasters.

The results of this hackathon are completely unpredictable. The entire idea behind increased communication, interaction, and openness that Web 2.0 promotes is coming to life in this hackathon. The participants will have a tough time figuring out how all the data we have available now with Twitter, Facebook, and other social media fits into aiding in emergency response efforts. But they will likely come out of this hackathon with a clear vision and maybe some concrete ideas.

There’s no reason that the data being analyzed can’t be implemented in some sort of disaster response system. It’s great that a hackathon like this is being organized by the EU. If you need more information about the event, please head to their website here. Hopefully in a few weeks we’ll be hearing great news coming out of this hackathon. We wish them the best!

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