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Girish Solapur

Jun 16, 2014
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Awesome idea Pooran. It will be great to get in touch with you and explore the options of expanding this idea. - Girish

Helio Laubenheimer

Jun 17, 2014
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Hi, Interesting idea indeed. You mention that the "application can work on low cost android and windows phones. So many users of this system can just download on their existing phones to carry out necessary user check ins and reading and updating information". What if this same app. would send every x minutes your location and consequently allow not only rescue teams etc to know were you are in between checkpoints, but actually know exactly were you are. Thanks

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Jun 18, 2014
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Thanks Girish :) I am available at +91 988 670 1028 Helio Laubenheimer, Good idea. Currently when user gets the tag, user can opt for SMS pack which costs Rs.25 (close to 50 cents) which will send SMS to the user's emergency contact whenever user passes through each checkpoint. The feature you are mentioning could be used for emergency rescue team and ambulance/air lift team. Definitely possible :) Thanks and regards, Pooran

Robert Dedomenico

Jun 18, 2014
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I support this proposal because it appears well developed and reasonable, and it deserves the attention of others more familiar with these kinds of details than I, so I hope the extra vote encourages that. (Yes, I admit... also Pooran supports my proposal... but to me that means he has excellent judgement, doesn't it?) Pooran, thank you, and I wish you success going forward. Sincerely, Robert

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Jun 18, 2014
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Thanks Robert for supporting the proposal. We are trying to provide a platform that can be very easily customized for any Disaster Recovery and Emergency Response Scenarios.

Khalid Md Bahauddin

Jun 19, 2014
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Idea is very specific, smart and crispy. What about following things for improvisation 1. Would you please bit correlate the climate change and DRM with your idea? 2. It’s more emphasized on rescue and evacuation, what about warning system/ forecasting system for your target people? 3. In which way you motivate people to wear wrist bands? Cheers Khalid

Dan Whittet

Jun 19, 2014
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I'm a little concerned that this system might be co opted for segregation of different people, the survivor class from the dis enfranchised, for example. What would limit the misuse of such a system?

Helio Laubenheimer

Jun 20, 2014
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Hi pooran, Yes exactly, that is what I had in mind. Best regards

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Jun 22, 2014
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Hi Khalid Bahauddin, You have asked most relevant questions.. here are the answers 1. Would you please bit correlate the climate change and DRM with your idea? In case of climate change, calamity, we cordon off people to safe site and make sure they get necessary medical treatment, or moved to rehabilitation camps, or discharged. Relatives and friends of people who have been ,cordoned off can get to know the status through this system. In case of DRM 2. It’s more emphasized on rescue and evacuation, what about warning system/ forecasting system for your target people? 3. In which way you motivate people to wear wrist bands? Hope that answers the questions. If not, do let me know. Hi Dan Whittet, Thanks for the concern. I'm a little concerned that this system might be co opted for segregation of different people, the survivor class from the dis enfranchised, for example. What would limit the misuse of such a system? I will answer this with two scenarios Scanning a tag is to make that person accounted. There are two kinds of apps. On that scans to count without revealing the details of the person. This can be used by specific set of people at checkpoints. Only dedicated set of people who need to know who this person is, like in police, previous medical history, like in doctors will be shown info about the people. Count will help the relevant rescue personnel to identify number of people between checkpoints. Consider there are aged and physically challenged people in that area. If there are x people of that category, you might send y choppers or z ambulances etc., compared to x+10, where you send y+m choppers, and z+n ambulances. This info is only available to specific individuals not everybody. We can open up the database of people who are deceased. If the person has survived, if someone is requesting information about the missing person in question, relevant documentation has to be provided to ascertain the relationship before acquiring the information. Hope that answers your questions. If not, do let me know. Thanks and regards, Pooran

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Jun 22, 2014
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Hi Khalid Bahauddin, My previous answer got cut off and no way to edit it. Here it is 1. Would you please bit correlate the climate change and DRM with your idea? In case of climate change, calamity, disasters, we cordon off people to safe site and make sure they get necessary medical treatment, or moved to rehabilitation camps, or discharged. Relatives and friends of people who have been ,cordoned off can get to know the status through this system. As and when people are moved to specific area, they will be issued a band and info about them are collected, and fed to a system that tracks the whereabouts through out the process. 2. It’s more emphasized on rescue and evacuation, what about warning system/ forecasting system for your target people? True. Original idea was to address Chardham incident http://post.jagran.com/search/mishap-during-char-dham-yatra . As part of the plan, we are expanding a scope to provide each user who registers, with an app that can send SOS, alert authorities with pictures of the event etc with geolocation that can help authorities to address rescue and evacuation. 3. In which way you motivate people to wear wrist bands? Original idea was to address Chardham incident. At specific checkpoints, user can register for small amount and also opt for SMS to their emergency contact when they pass each checkpoint. They will be explained the advantages of such system, like how their info will be used during the whole process. Hope that answers the questions. If not, do let me know. Thanks and regards, Pooran

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Jun 22, 2014
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At the end of journey or once person gets discharged from hospital or rescue shelter, we can collect back the band and archive the information or delete the information from the system, which takes care of privacy issues and limit the misuse.

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Jun 22, 2014
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Combining Helio Laubenheimer's question and Khalid Bahauddin's question, it gives me another idea that will be complementary to this proposal. If we know that specific are is prone to natural calamity like floods, hurricanes, we can issue them bands before hand and collect the necessary info. Each tag can have emergency contact number and user identification number. They can use the app to trigger a rescue request or alert the climate change with their identification number. That can help rescue team to coordinate a targeted rescue mission. Also once the app triggers a rescue request, we can keep sending sos in the background at regular intervals to help rescue know where they are. Also we can build a way to let rescue team and the user communicate.

Vivek Sharanappa

Jul 16, 2014
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Lovely idea.

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Jul 17, 2014
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Thanks Vivek

Climate Colab

Aug 5, 2014
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We like the idea of a simple product that can be distributed en-mass in a disaster situation. The benefit is not so much in the immediate disaster impacts but in the more prolonged recovery phase as a means to monitor who has received what assistance. Language barrier and social resistance to the idea of being tracked should be addressed. This proposal would gain from having visual representations and more details on the cross platform mobile App.

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Aug 16, 2014
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The updated proposal addresses all the pain points indicated. It helped us to fine tune the proposal to make it more generic. Do let us know if there are more. Thanks and regards, Pooran

Mukti Bangla

Aug 17, 2014
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Hi, Looks nice and colorful! However the services you are planning to develop are already exist! Unfortunately I did not find the innovation part in the proposal. Regards,

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Aug 17, 2014
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Hi @muktibangla, It is not the services that are existing matter. It is a concept that bring all of them together, making sure they work together, everybody on same platform, simple solution, easy adaption, and execution that matters. If you read through the proposal, you will find innovation on implementation and execution. Thanks and regards, Pooran

Jan Kunnas

Aug 25, 2014
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I like the proposal but not the acronym!

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Aug 25, 2014
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Thanks a lot for supporting the proposal @jan-k :) The original idea was to be ready in case of disasters, like we prepare for war, so how that name got stuck... sort of, our war against disasters. I know, and understand your point. Do suggest a name. Thanks again :)

Puneeth P

Aug 25, 2014
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With all the natural calamities we face day in day out, this app can help bring timely relief to the affected and mitigate the damage to good extent. All the best!

Victor Blanco

Aug 26, 2014
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I wish you the best! Please, check my proposal in Waste Management Contest, named "REACC: Recycled Debris for Adaptation to Climate Change"; and I would apreciate your support as I supported your proposal.

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Aug 27, 2014
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Thanks for supporting the proposal @vicblan. Going through your proposal. Looks very interesting :)

Odmin Dia

Sep 3, 2014
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Could you please explain why sometimes 7 people support your proposal in 30 minutes and none is supporting in 5 days? Something unnatural dude!!

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 3, 2014
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Hi @odmindia, I am a consulting architect for many companies. Whenever I get time during my visit to their offices, I tell people about this project, ask their opinion, contribute their ideas to make it better, and to support the proposal. Sometimes, I post on fb/twitter about it. So, you might have seen a spike in people supporting at some intervals. Nothing unnatural about it. I request you to support the proposal, if you like it. Please do go through the proposal, see if something can be improved, better way of addressing than the way I proposed, and share it with me. It will help me improve the proposal. Sole purpose of this proposal is to make sure people in disaster prone areas get alerts before the disaster strikes and save themselves and their dear ones in time. We have started working on the next iteration of the app. Soon I will share the updates here. Thanks and regards, Pooran

Climate Colab

Sep 3, 2014
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This technology relies entirely on SmartPhones which are still not widespread, too expensive and needs 3G networks, all are challenges in developing countries especially in remote and rural areas. Application would be limited to urban areas and to those who can afford SmartPhones, thus creating more inequality in those who access information and can receive alerts. The proposal is attempting to do too much, in fact almost everything at the same time - an early warning system dissemination component, a mobilisation tool, an assessment and feedback tool to agencies, etc. What isn't clear is where one ends and the other begins. As a starting concept it's fine but the details aren't really worked out in a way that shows an understanding of how EWS work, how aid agencies rely on them or how an App that can do "everything" could be of use to aid agencies. Initiatives like these usually start in a very specific context, are piloted on a limited scale first and then evolve and develop through trial, plugging in gaps and adding further functions when the application and technology prove viable and there's an uptake by users.

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 3, 2014
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Thanks a lot to all the Judges for considering us as Finalists :) Regarding the concerns, I have addressed them below >This technology relies entirely on SmartPhones which are still not widespread, too expensive and needs 3G networks, all are challenges in developing countries especially in remote and rural areas. Application would be limited to urban areas and to those who can afford SmartPhones, thus creating more inequality in those who access information and can receive alerts. There are two mobile apps, one for citizens and one for volunteers. In the proposal we have said that the citizen app will be built using phonegap which makes it available across many smartphones which addresses iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry 5/6/7, Symbian, Bada and webOS all with a single codebase. If no 3G/2G is available, the app will send alerts through SMS. We are also looking at a possibility of introducing a very simplified registration for feature phones, where they can register for disaster alerts via SMS. >The proposal is attempting to do too much, in fact almost everything at the same time - an early warning system dissemination component, a mobilisation tool, an assessment and feedback tool to agencies, etc. What isn't clear is where one ends and the other begins. As a starting concept it's fine but the details aren't really worked out in a way that shows an understanding of how EWS work, how aid agencies rely on them or how an App that can do "everything" could be of use to aid agencies. I will post all the components in a diagram in the comments section of the proposal soon. This will also cover the end to end flow. I will reply to this email with the link to the comment. It might seem that we are doing too much all at once. But all the mentioned components are essential to have unified way of crowd sourcing disaster information, information processing, confirmation, alert issuance and follow ups. >Initiatives like these usually start in a very specific context, are piloted on a limited scale first and then evolve and develop through trial, plugging in gaps and adding further functions when the application and technology prove viable and there's an uptake by users. I totally agree on the adoption and acceptance timelines. Effort will be getting aid organizations on board, pilot the apps, get go ahead, integrating with existing systems etc. This is where we hope, MIT as a brand, can help make it fasten the process. With the technologies we are proposing, implementation/customization can be addressed in shorter duration, hence time to market will be less. We are prepared to go the whole length of implementation. Thanks again :) Pooran

Abhi Singh

Sep 4, 2014
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Nice thought..........

Abhay Singh

Sep 4, 2014
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Nice thought.....

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 4, 2014
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Thanks @abhaypratapsingh380 and @abhaysingh500 for the support :)

Jean-pierre Sancho

Sep 4, 2014
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nice idea, I hope you get help from EWB and DWB. Lots of information around like: http://earth.nullschool.net/ http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/overlay=misery_index/orthographic http://planefinder.net/ didn t see stuff about air quality or water level yet! would be great to pool all this info together and make it work for us

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 8, 2014
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Hi @jpsancho, I like the visualizations. Yes, looks like we can use in portal to show disasters happened/happening/might happen. Thanks for sharing :) Pooran

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 8, 2014
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Hi Judges, I have uploaded a brief presentation about the flow http://bit.ly/1nl7Opc Please go through it and let me know if there are further concerns. Thanks and regards, Pooran

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 8, 2014
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Hi Judges, I posted a wrong url in above comment. I have uploaded a brief presentation about the flow here http://goo.gl/vvVA6V Please go through it and let me know if there are further concerns. Thanks and regards, Pooran

Niranjan Nelamangalam

Sep 15, 2014
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Pooran - Great job and looking forward to you getting this done. Love to be part of this in any way possible. All the best!

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 16, 2014
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Thanks Niru :)

Nirav Karia

Sep 16, 2014
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Pooran great idea... keep it up :)

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 16, 2014
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Thanks for supporting @knirav :)

Purushotham Baskarla

Sep 16, 2014
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great go ahead.

Osero Shadrack Tengeya

Sep 17, 2014
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Hi Team WAR and your friends, kindly consider voting for my proposal shown on this link. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300206/planId/1002 Thanks.

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 17, 2014
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@Tengeya Done.. all the best :)

Anne-marie Soulsby

Sep 23, 2014
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Hi WAR, Please consider voting for my proposal, https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300801/planId/1309001 Good luck with your entry! Asante/Thank-you @conserveaction

Guru C

Sep 24, 2014
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Very useful concept. Congrats on the App. Let me know if you need any help expanding the scope of the App or including more features. -Guru Chandrappa

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 24, 2014
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Sure Guru. Will call you to discuss. @annemariesoulsby done.. all the best :)

Abhishek Kumar Gupta

Sep 28, 2014
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Awesome Sir .. !! Your Projects are very popular for innovative ideas and the innovative technologies used to solve problems.I liked this idea. My best wishes to You Sir. Good Luck .. !!

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 28, 2014
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Thanks @Abhi4pesit :)

Nam Nguyen

Sep 30, 2014
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good bét!

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 30, 2014
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Thanks @nam :)

Sudhakar Annadurai

Sep 30, 2014
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Great Idea It will work bro... I support... :) My support is always for you..

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

Sep 30, 2014
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@sudhakara56 Thanks a lot for support :)

Pooran Prasad Rajanna

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Thanks to one and all who voted and supported our proposal :) We hope with our proposal, on completion of implementation, will let you alert authorities, in time about a disaster, and authorities can send you Disaster notifications early and save you near and dear ones in time. Thanks again :)

Chandan Maruthi

Oct 1, 2014
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Good luck Pooran !

Victor Blanco

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Congratulations!!! Please check the "Discusion Section" in the "Community" label... Proposal of activity during the Conference Session of 2014 Winners... https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/discussion#discussion%3DpageType%3ATHREAD%2CthreadId%3A1337218

Basheer Ahamed

Nov 7, 2014
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Great Idea Sir :-) Please give me more information from scratch so that i can understand in better way.
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