Guest Post from Rob Underwood
#NYTechResponds – Day 5 Wrap-up
The hard work of Sandy recovery continues and so too does a surge in enthusiasm and cooperation as people from around the city, and around the world, work together to find ways to help those most impacted by the storm. The NYTM community, along with friends and fellow technologists from communities such as Hurricane Hackers and Crisis Commons, remain committed to doing everything we can to get NYC back on its feet. A couple of helpful tools and links to keep handy in this effort:
- If you are a volunteer with technical skills, and would like to work on some of the technology related response, please let us know by filling out this form – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHRJZk9uSmFycld2TW5tbDNfaFpneEE6MQ
- If you, your business, or non-profit organization are in need of specific technology related support to get back on your feet, use this form – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHlJNldWMWQ5cHZJSDFrajhEejhyRkE6MQ. Examples of help might include connectivity troubleshooting and restoration, database recovery, or help getting a POS system up and running again.
- If you have an idea for a technology project – i.e., a new app, tool, platform to help in the recovery – or are already working on something, take a moment to enter it here http://bit.ly/nytrprojects/. This will help us to coordinate across developers and development teams, avoid duplicate efforts, and find additional opportunities for collaboration and re-use. As the immediate rescue efforts begin to wind down over the next week, we’ll be turning our attention to how we can help solve the long term problems those impacted by Sandy will face, while looking to create durable platforms to help us better recover next time.
In the spirit of #NYTechHelps, our campaign to encourage the technology community to get out and take direct action in the recovery, we hope you all will find a volunteer spot near you and show up tomorrow to help our city heal.