Meet the individuals and groups who led the winning proposals for the alert challenge, which sought new and innovative ways to develop simple, affordable and scalable technologies to allow NGOs and human rights activists to gather and verify information from hard-to-access areas. These six winning concepts are not ranked, and cash prizes have not been awarded to these lead ideators, in keeping with the OpenIDEO community's spirit of open ideation and collaboration for social good. The Tech Challenge will explore with these winners how to potentially develop and implement their ideas.
CrisisTracker is an open-source web platform that extracts situation awareness reports from public tweets during humanitarian disasters. It combines automated processing with crowdsourcing to quickly detect new events and bring structure to millions of updates in real-time. Read the full concept note here.
The P.A.C.T Platform creates global transparency through empowering people to disseminate information anonymously using low cost, portable communication technologies that allow voice, text, pictures, and videos to safely be shared with each other and the world. Read the full concept note here.
People’s Radio is a radio platform made of ‘spoken Tweets’, or short voice messages recorded by locals on phones and played on a designated local radio channel, enabling those without Internet access to have their voices heard by surrounding communities and the international community. By connecting more widespread technologies (radio, mobile, landlines) to online tools (voice recognition, data analysis) and semi-automated curation (e.g. to filter out inflammatory speech), it becomes possible to alert the wider world of atrocities in otherwise hard-to-access areas. Read the full concept note here.
π is a method that makes use of SMS or speak-to-tweet technologies to establish a conversation with victims and witnesses of mass atrocities to help them better document their stories, provide actionable information to victims and witnesses as well as relevant organizations, and assist with the verification of their stories by independent sources. The envisaged tool will provide enhanced understanding, targeted assistance and networking through permanent and multiple dialogues using ubiquitous technologies. Read the full concept note here.
StoryMaker is a tool to help anyone create great multimedia stories. When mass violence happens, professional journalists are often not present to document events as they happen. Citizens equipped with StoryMaker can follow simple task-based assignments and can be relied upon to create credible documentation with only a mobile phone. Through templates and camera overlays, it guides users at the point of production to improve the quality of the content. Read the full concept note here.
Thread is an asynchronous communication platform that connects people online and offline in remote areas by leveraging existing organizations and infrastructure. The offline-online model allows information to be accessed and uploaded daily, even in remote areas, by synching mobile vehicles such as a bus, motorcycle or even bicycle to Wi-Fi stations when the connection becomes available. Verified users on the Thread platform can see, collect and track this information to identify and prevent current or potential atrocities. Read the full concept note here.