screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-17-17-20April 28th and 29th marked the 10th edition of Malaga University’s event on safety, emergencies and disasters. The conference addressed issues such as natural disasters, refugee exodus and terrorist attacks. At a pre-conference event on April 27th, there was a hackathon to develop an “infoRiesgo” platform.

The goal of the platform is to inform the population about natural, chemical or nuclear disasters in an area determined by geolocation. “infoRiesgo” would be a web platform and give appropriate advice to individual citizens in this geolocated area via an Android or iOS app. The platform would have access from different civil protection programs (National, Regional and Local).

The hackathon brought together a number of government stakeholders and software engineers. They ultimately concluded that that tool need to be collaborative, adaptable, updatable, upgradable, compatible and extensible. More specifically, they concluded that third parties should be able to reuse information, management of statistics is crucial, the possibility to classify the type of information is necessary, and that there should be a possibility to choose the type of alert notifications via push (SMS or E-mail).

The hackathon had a technical committee that helped the teams to pass the necessary requirements and evaluated the results. The winning proposals could present at the conference. Conclusions of the hackathon were presented by Paco Martínez of Deveryware, the company that sponsored and promoted the event plus added valuable input with their geolocation services background. Its subsidiary, Notico, is working on solutions that allow the reception of emergency messages in crisis situations.

You can learn more about the program on Malaga University’s site on emergency, security and catastrophe.

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