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Crisis Camp Haiti - London

By Alan Jackson on 22 January 2010

Following in the example in the US, Crisis Camp has come to London!

The first "work day" will be Saturday 23rd January... that's tomorrow.

10am at the London Knowledge Lab.

It's going to be a cross between a BarCamp and a HackDay. The purpose is to allow volunteers to contribute to technical projects that will help the relief efforts in Haiti. In the first instance these projects will be largely IT related.

Aptivate are supporting Crisis Camp. They've let me (Alan) help organise and facilitate the event on work time (thanks guys!!!). And Martin, one of our great software engineers will be coming along tomorrow to get involved... and bring projectors, laptops and networking gear. He's got a big rucksack and is strong. (But if anyone is coming down from Cambridge and wants to help him carry some equipment, please get in touch).

Aptivate have also bought a heap of stationery for the project teams - flip charts, pens, index cards - we're showing our Agile roots. Low-bandwidth High-value facilitation tools.

If you'd like to follow what's going here are the links:

Twitter "hashtag": #crisiscampldn Twitter account: @crisiscampLDN

Crisis Camp London wiki:

And if you would like to come along and help out - which I hope you do - you can register here:

Crisis Camp Haiti - London is one of the international Crisis Camps organized in support of Haiti.

The day is dedicated to working on Crisis Commons projects, hoping to make life easier for people on the ground by doing what we can do from here. Common tasks are programming, working on maps, and helping to gather information from around the web into usable forms.

Please come if you think you can help in any way, even simple things like helping peoplewho are not at the camp keep in touch with what is going on, or keeping the hackers fed-and-watered. There are plenty of tasks anybody can do.

We are actively looking for people to help resource and organize Crisis Camp London. There is a lot to do!

Please bring a laptop if you have one. 3G dongles/Mefi may be very useful as venue wifi often has problems with the large load. Pens, pencils, paper, anything you need to be productive.

This is a day at the office, saving the world.

London Knowledge Lab are hosting the event. Vinay Gupta (Hexayurt Shelter Project) (, @leashless) will be lead on the day, with Barry Sage(@OBazaS) leading overall.

Jan. 22, 2010, 7:28 p.m. - jim

Great information! Well researched and written! Should be quite helpful. :)

Jan. 22, 2010, 10:10 p.m. - Tariq Khokhar

Fantastic! I had a great day at the World Food Programme (WFP) today. Will get into London from Rome in the early afternoon - will head straight to you after!

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