The relief agency will use whiz-bang interactivity to “inspire a generation of young people”
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
The Oregonian Staff
“When Mercy Corps opens its new headquarters next year in Old Town Chinatown, visitors will enter on Southwest Ankeny Street to find 3,500 square feet of technological wizardry aimed at engaging them in the fight against global poverty.
At interactive kiosks, computer stations and on giant screens, they’ll see videos that explain the plight of impoverished countries, along with up-to-date dispatches about how Mercy Corps and other humanitarian aid agencies are responding. Then visitors will be given a menu of steps they can take to help, in Portland and globally.”
I just wanted to let you all know that we are working hard on building out InSTEDD’s GeoChat platform to bring you a viable Twitter-like solution for sat phone users. I was introduced to Eduardo Jezierski and Daniel Cazzulino of InSTEDD through Evan, Mikel, Schuyler and Jesse (Many thanks to you all!) on Wednesday and since that time we have been working steadily to create a tool that will allow any Thuraya user to send their GPS coordinates via SMS and have it arrive as attachment in a designated recipient’s inbox. Daniel and Eduardo have been doing an amazing job and within 24hrs they had the server end up and running. As soon as we have something viable I will be sure to let you all know.
In the mean time check out http://www.teddster.org/ to get a taste of things to come.