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Tech City UK challenges Britain's leading developers to create flood apps

Sam Shead | Feb. 18, 2014
Britain's leading developers joined forces this weekend at an emergency flood hackathon to create new technologies that could be used to help the people affected by the recent flooding in the UK.

The live data opened up is to be available for the next three months to allow anyone to develop services to help with the crisis and its aftermath.

The chosen apps were:

Don't Panic - a system that allows people with and without web access to request and receive help, ranging from the delivery of materials, to local information. The system will record data for future analysis and real time response planning.

UKFloodAlerts - an alert system that allows people to select a predefined specific alert, such as power loss, a burst river bank, flooded roads/paths etc., with those in the local area being instantly alerted by app or SMS.

Flood Feeder - an aggregation tool that visually presents a feed of flood (and related) data, such as geographic granularity, warnings, alerts, mobile phone mast locations and transport routes.

FludBud - using Twitter to spread the word about; locating Twitter users near flood affected areas and tweeting them information about and potential volunteers in the vicinity.

ViziCities - a tool that visualises flood levels in 3D using the ViziCities platform.Who do I call when I have a power cut? - a service that lets people look up their Distribution Network Operator (DNO) based on their postcode, connecting them with the right people when their power is cut.

Citizen Flood Journalism - a service that located people tweeting from flood-affected areas and messages them to request photographs and descriptions which are then compiled into a geo-linked feed of flood-related information.

MyState - a service that allows people at risk of flooding to register themselves and their state using their phone to access the best information to help themselves and request help from others. They can also opt-in to receive warnings for their location should conditions in their environment escalate.


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