Natural disasters are prevalent in the Caribbean and Barbados has designed a new app to help assist Caribbean countries in the prevention of these disasters.
Muralidhar Areti, leader of the group said that the competition DadliHack held by the United Nations Office of Project Services aimed to find innovative solutions that could solve the impact of hurricanes on the Caribbean. In the last year the Caribbean islands were severely impacted by hurricanes with many of them being decimated.
“The problem was over the last year we had many hurricanes affecting the Caribbean region with a lot of them being decimated a lot of lives [being] lost and billions of dollars in damages. We had about fifteen teams present overall at the final day and we were to pitch ideas for what solutions we could bring to help solve, benefit or make better the relief efforts [in these countries], Areti said.
The application that the team comprising of Alexandra Hanschell who is a qualified spatial designer, Muralidhar Areti, who is a qualified solution engineer; Christopher Mcfarlane who is a process and solutions developer and Kafè Jean-Baptiste who is a business intelligence developer conceived at the DaliHack convention was called Mack360.
The app which gave Barbados 1st place and a cash award of 10,000 USD in the competition held in Antigua in January will help assist Caribbean countries with their disaster relief efforts.
The application seeks to assist Caribbean countries with natural disasters as the app works in four platforms which are the Community 360, Resource 360 , Charity 360 and Operations 360. All the following platforms work together to paint a picture of what is happening on the grounds as well as track the systems as they appear.
“We came up with four platforms each one of them is very specific to a series of activities of tasks the first of which is Community 360 is a part of the programme which deals with the humanitarian side, the before the storm which starts in the community and it supports every aspect of our solution. Resource 360 as the name suggest manages the entire mammoth of resource whether it is a human resource, a physical resource such as water ,or volunteering,” Christopher Mcfarlane said.
In addition, the app will also allow persons to track all donations that they make to local and international charities and ensure that their money has been used in the recovery efforts.
“Charity 360 takes care of all the charitable contributions; our platform will allow persons to readily track what they donate from donation to delivery. [This is] a different approach on this level and it would allow a level of transparency,” Mcfarlane and Jean-Baptiste said.
The final part of the applications platform is operations 360 which mans whatever information is coming through Community 360, Resource 360 and Charity 360 and paints a picture of what is happening at every angle.
Team leader Muralidhar Areti said that this application was designed with CDEMA in mind as it would help to update the system that they already have, and they are looking forward to partnering with them soon.
“You can say that some of the solutions are designed to help make their operations run more effectively,” Areti said.