Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) is all about using technology to make the world a better place by building a community of innovation. RHoK brings software engineers together with disaster risk management experts to identify critical global challenges, and develop software to respond to them. A RHoK Hackathon event brings together hackers from around the world, who volunteer their time to solve real-world problems.
Caritas International provides worldwide emergency and disaster relief and reconstruction for those affected by war, natural disasters and other crises, irrespective of religion and nationality. Emergency aid and charity provided by Caritas are intended for short-term survival and to meet basic needs like food, water, shelter and the mitigation of health issues resulting from a disaster. Efforts can include protecting and assisting victims of desasters, organising counseling and psychosocial assistance, and supporting comprehensive rehabilitation programs. Caritas International challenged the members of RHOK to create a easy to learn mapping system that can be updated with project related operations and real time information.
To address this problem I in collaboration with Pritika Nilaratna developed OpenScribble. OpenScrible is an easy to use mapping service. Users can create maps and edit them with others in realtime. Whenever a user creates a map, the map is given it's own url. This makes sharing easy. Lastly OpenScribble is open source so if added security is needed then users can download the code and edit it to their needs.
OpenScribble is made with the OpenLayers and OpenStreetMap Data. OpenScribble won RHOK's "Best Small Hack" for 2010.