While there are centralised resources for individual humanitarian organisations, from our research there was a distinct lack of centralised, nationalised information for all of the resources available to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. We wanted to centralise the data (manually to begin with).
What it does
Welcomed is a one-stop information hub for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants helping to overcome barriers when accessing services.
How we built it
We built it using Polymer and Google APIs with resources and data from various websites
Challenges we ran into
- Our three-person coder team were new to the platform we use (Polymer)
- Research and data massaging consumed a large portion of time due to lack of national centralisation
- We found an excellent resource for registered rooming houses on www.data.vic.gov.au but there was not enough information (no contact details)
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
What we learned
- Learned Polymer and Google APIs \o/
- Hackathons are fun!
- That there is a distinct lack of data centralisation when it comes to refugee resources, support and services
What's next for WelcomeD
- Techfugees Projects: Adding the Techfugees projects from the hackathon to the web app as services
- Automatic Language Detection: Detecting the language of the device
- Imagery: Adding images to simplify the interface
- Search by voice (via Google Cloud Voice API): Ability to search via voice
- Assistant Case Manager: Assisting Case Workers with data centralisation and clients
- Self-Service Kiosk (Hardware Solution): Affordable touch-screen Raspberry Pi powered terminals to access web app
- National Humanitarian Organisation Database (NHOD): A database to centralise all the data that we were unable to find, publicly available.