Voluntarily is an app that helps volunteer canvassers and relief organizations collect, communicate and visualize data about disaster-affected areas.

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Voluntarily is a mobile tool or canvassers and web admin for relief agencies. The mobile tool helps volunteers collect information about individual households in a more efficient way. An user is supplied with a list of households to visit, right on their smartphone, and for each address he or she can quickly fill out and submit a form describing the outstanding needs. When the form is submitted, the information shows up in the relief agency’s admin backend. Agencies can see the data charted, and a real-time heat map of the needs of a given area. Both the mobile and backend interfaces are intuitive, require little or no training. Icons are integrated with the mobile UI to enable clear communication in a multi-lingual community.

Our goals are to help volunteers do their jobs better, and to help relief agencies have the best knowledge possible of the conidtions of indivudals in their area. Increased understanding means a more efficient and organized relief effort: the ability to help more individuals, even a potential to save lives.

Learned: Disaster Recovery, User Dynamics, Technical Complexities

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