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Volunteer and Support EQNZ

By Ruth
March 1 2011

Posted in Community

Many of us have been feeling helpless sitting here in the North Island reeling from the terrible havoc in Christchurch. The wider NZ and global community is stepping up to help, so here are some ways that the Summer of Tech community can be a small part of restoring normality to people:

One of SoT2010’s interns, Tim McNamara, is leading the charge to bring information to the people of Canterbury. The Christchurch Recovery Map, at http://eq.org.nz/, allows people to send in status reports via txt, email and SMS. With the help of many others, the site has reached 100,000 page views in a week and provided up-to-date information to tens of thousands directly, and many more indirectly.

The website is run by volunteer helpers. One of those helpers could be you!

Optimal Usability is hosting an information and training session this evening to introduce people to the site’s back end. Volunteers have processed roughly 180,000 messages so far. This has been a fabulous effort. The project now needs a group of dedicated people that can dedicate 2h per week for 4 weeks to help take the burden off of the volunteers that have contributed thus far.

Location: Optimal Usability, 1 March 2011, from 5pm (for a 5:30pm start)
Skills required: Maturity (many messages we receive are distressing), the ability to find the address

What’s in if for you?
This is a great opportunity to network with some of New Zealand’s best tech talent. Nat Torkington, a speaker at one of our popular summer seminars, is the project’s media spokesperson, and is part of the site’s nuts and bolts. Sam Minee from SilverStripe has donated his own time to fix bugs, along with other fantastic, dedicated and talented members of the Wellington IT community.

On a more personal note, volunteers have found that contributing to the site provides a great sense of relief. Many people are experiencing a sense of helplessness. By contributing something as tangible as getting people to water and food to survive, we can ease that discomfort.

How to sign up for eq.org.nz
RSVP to will-help@eq.org.nz

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