Sep 17, 2017

MIMS Students Present Disaster Relief App at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

From Tech Crunch

Disaster relief hacks dominate the stage at the Disrupt SF 2017 Hackathon

By Taylor Hatmaker & Jonathan Shieber

At the Disrupt SF 2017 Hackathon, a massive swath of the 102 companies that took the stage on Sunday presented hacks with disaster relief in mind. From ResQme to ResQMi to RescueMe, if you can think of a phrase with the word “rescue” in it, it probably showed up on stage among the roughly 30 emergency and disaster related hacks.

Most of the disaster-related apps that presented today mentioned the recent events of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in their pitches, observing that tech should be able to pair victims, resources and rescue workers far better than existing services. Many of the rescue-oriented apps that took the stage acknowledged that mobile data services usually go down during these events and the vast majority of them offered an SMS-based version of their hack....

ResQMi [developed by first-year MIMS students Neha Mittal and Ashish Sur]: “Your personal dispatcher” that sends automatic SMS to nearest rescuers, family, and friends. You can see their status whether they need rescue or are being rescued. Provides in-app communication to police, fire stations, etc.

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September 20, 2017