Superstorm Sandy ‘hurricane hackers’ gather to help

Superstorm Sandy ‘hurricane hackers’ gather to help

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A new kind of digital activist has emerged from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy this week — the hurricane hacker.

This weekend, an in-person “Sandy CrisisCamp” will take place in Boston, cities on the West Coast, and even New Zealand. The events are basically set up as cross between a hack-a-thon and a workshop where geeks come together to design and code projects that can help local communities prepare for and cope with crisis.

Among some of the projects CrisisCampers will be working on are crowdsourcing tools to categorize images for building damage, allowing FEMA to prioritize its efforts, and a simple Google doc that attempts to keep track of all the sources of Sandy recovery data in a single place.

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