Haiti: Telethons and CrisisCamps

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Friday’s multi-country benefit, Hope for Haiti Now, could wind up being the most-watch digital fundraising event ever, says Paid Content. Live streaming of the entire two hours was available on more than three dozen sites in the U.S. and internationally, as well as the sites of cable operators and telcos.

Mobile live streaming was also available across major carriers and devices, which continued to collect text donations. On the social media end, Twitter promoted the effort with hashtag #igave across every user profile page. Hope For Haiti Now Twitter Tracker from Stamen Design showing the way conversation is spreading globally.

The two-hour telethon was live streamed in its entirety across sites including: ABC.com, AOL, AT&T Entertainment, Bebo, Bild Germany, Bing, Buddy TV, Causecast, CBS.com, CNN.com, Eonline.com, EpixHD.com, Facebook, Fancast, Gawker, GlobalGrind.com, Habbo UK, Huffington Post, Hulu, Metacafe, MSN, MySpace, NBC.com, Oprah.com, OurStage.com, PerezHilton, Rhapsody, Veoh, VEVO, Yahoo and YouTube.

The live streaming is powered via Akamai and made available online by major cable and telco operators as well including AT&T, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast, Cox Communications, Mediacom, MTV Networks, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Warner Latin America and Wide Open West.

Mobile providers Alltel, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, MobiTV, and FloTV also carried the broadcast.

Crisiscommons lists Simple Tasks Anyone Can Do and has a Haiti RSS Feed Challenge. Clay Johnson has a guide on Managing Large Volunteer Hackathons.

The Crisis Commons Wiki organized many “crisis-camps”, that provided technical assistance in sorting out Tweets, RSS feeds, and data bases, as well as development projects for first responders in Haiti.

Crisis Camp Pdx (Google Group and Flickr Pool), was held Jan 23, 2010. The all-volunteer effort attracted more than 60 individuals from a variety of backgrounds, to assist Haitian first responders and loved ones. CrisisCamp utilized web 2.0 technologies to expedite information organization and delivery.

Laura Schultz was the event producer, Chris Blow led the technology team, and Deborah Bryant of the Oregon State University Open Source Lab was the CrisisCamp Leader. Their CrisisCampPDX GoogleGroup has more. Partipants included Mark Chubb, Operations Manager, Portland Emergency Management, Kaleena Hughes, Department of Geology & Mineral Industries, and Jeff Sheltren, Operations Manager, OSU Open Source Lab. Anyone who wanted to help was welcomed.

Haiti Live, HaitianNewsNetwork and the Sahana Software Foundation also provided news and software assistance.

Dailywireless has more information on the Haiti disaster at Mapping the Haitian Disaster, Haiti Communications, and my PdxHaiti Ning site. CrisisCampPDX was one of a dozen similar events this weekend organized by CrisisCommons. Here are photos from other CrisisCamps.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 10:34 am .

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