Inspiration

Corona taught us how important disaster preparation is for our lives. There are lots of recommendations available how to provide for disasters (e.g. how much water, food, medicine, and protective equipment to stock) but only few people abide by these recommendations. In case of disaster, most people need immediate help and there is limited information available on who needs help most.

What it does

The disaster assessment and preparation app helps individuals to self-assess their specific risks by exploring their personal situation (residence, health status, food / medicine inventory) and encouraging them to better prepare for disasters. All information is stored in a secure system and will be made available to emergency management only in case of a disaster. This way, there will be detailed and up-to-date information available not only about people's personal needs but also about how well they are prepared for the specific disaster. An aid prediction system uses the information to provide detailed forecasts for what help will be needed where and when.

How we built it

We used the IBM-cloud stack to host a node-red instance for the user-profiles and the map-feature. The persistence layer connects to a cloud instance from Cloudant as database. The UI is driven from a reactive pattern called Carbon.

Challenges we ran into

We did focus on the story a lot. A huge challenge was a business plan if the investment into the packages, marketing and communication with the stores would pay of as business idea. Badly not finished those investigations as it includes a lot of factors/variables.

Accomplishments that we are proud of

We generated in short time as a team something impressive! Motivated to drive that further, maybe with the support of https://developer.ibm.com/callforcode/ taking place also this year.

What we learned

Remote collaboration in a full stack project. We could fight corona together!

What's next for LifeApp

  • Grow team of developers and supporters
  • Develop business case
  • Find partners for selling pre-configured "LifePacks"
  • Focus on data science capabilities

Technical next steps

  • finalize scaleable hosting of the web-ui component
  • activate cloud CI/CD build pipeline automation
  • enrich readme in github to show-off our cool details
  • finalize OpenID connect integration for authentication
  • secured government dashboard (after optional data-donation is accepted and details are transferred from local device to central GDPR conform storage)

Detailed capability outlook

  • Individual risk assessment (e.g. flood, storm, earthquake, contamination, tsunami) for your location, e.g. based on insurance data.
  • Assessment of personal needs based on health status, personal inventory (food, water, medicine, equipment) and type of accommodation.
  • Encouragement to improve degree of disaster preparation by using gamification and regular reminders.
  • Short term recommendations based on weather data.
  • Education on how to prepare for disasters.
  • Reference on how to behave in case of disasters (offline available)
  • AI-based forecasting of future needs using people's information about individual risks, personal needs, and the degree of preparation.
  • Secure storing of highly sensitive information using Blockchain technology.
  • Tracking of last whereabouts in order to be prepared for network outage.
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