After examining community efforts in the aftermath of two recent and devastating hurricanes, we wanted to make it easy for government organizations, churches, or even individuals to set up and manage their shelters effectively. In the aftermath of a crisis, effective resource management and coordination of community efforts is essential to helping as many of those in need as possible.
What it does
1) Registers your shelter and provide details such as its capacity and its ability to cater to those with special requirements.
2) Manages your shelters resources such as food, water, power, and occupancy.
3) Informs you of incoming occupants so you can prepare for their arrival.
4) Requests for the resources you need from other shelters/public.
How we built it
We built a webpage using Django. We first pulled the Django docker image from DockerHub and use docker-compose files to manage the local deployment. We then created a Django project and app within the same folder and then started to build the app. We integrated mapquest apis to easily navigate disaster-stricken communities to the nearest possible shelter.
Challenges we ran into
We understood that we only had one minute to pitch. Considering this fact, the main challenge we faced this hackathon was deciding which feature was more core and more impressive (or in other words, more “WOW”) amongst the many different features we had planned to integrate into our app.
Besides that, there were slight hiccups at the beginning with regards to setting up the webpage. Things got slightly better when we managed to solve that as we managed to build the pages for our apps.
This project was done during the Techcrunch Disrupt SF 2017 Hackathon.