We were inspired by the current trend of utilising technology to inform and aid the public both during and after disasters, and therefore decided to create a system which could provide all the information needed.
What it does
The system collates several key pieces of information, including: the site of the disaster, twitter feeds, facebook feeds, news feeds and relevant emergency numbers. Once this information is gathered, the solution displays them in a cross platform friendly format.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Our primary challenges were dealing with the latitude and longitude provided by geocoder from Google Maps, utilising several functions of the Google Maps API simultaneously and finding a database to store emergency numbers for each location. Ultimately, we decided to create our own database using MySQL.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
What's next for HelpLink
The next stages are improving mobile support, adding extra location dependent functionality and improving the aesthetic.