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Drop2Drink wins Random Hacks of Kindness San Fran

Posted on December 5, 2011 by Johnny Diggz

What a weekend!   Tropo sponsored Random Hacks of Kindness events in 4 different cities.  We’re still resting up from the craziness, but I wanted to do a quick post about the winning project in San Francisco.

Last summer I was attending Summer of Smart at GAFFTA and I met Sarah Filley, who told me about an idea she had for an earthquake preparedness project centered around awareness.  Turns out that there are 62 fire hydrants spread out around San Francisco specifically designated for emergency drinking water in the event of a major quake.  The most publicly available source of this info was a “blurry PDF file downloadable from a city website” or visibly by a blue “drop” painted on each of the hydrants.  Sarah wanted to increase the visibility of these sources of emergency drinking water.

I thought this would make for a great project for Random Hacks of Kindness so I encouraged Sarah to present her project on Friday night.   By Saturday afternoon Sarah’s excellent team of hackers had an interactive Google Map set up.  By Sunday, they had full interactive QR-codes, text messaging (powered by Tropo), Four Square checkins… no longer were these 62 hydrants virtually invisible!

Thanks to the RHoK sponsors:  Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, NASA, HP and the World Bank!   More on the other RHoK locations soon…

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