Technology Review: Focusing on Haiti

April 20, 2010 –

As Haiti struggles to recover from January’s earthquake, members of the MIT community are pitching in to help the devastated country.

Media Lab grad students Greg Elliott and Aaron Zinman have been developing Konbit, a free interactive communication platform that indexes the skills of people in crisis-affected communities so that organizations like the American Red Cross and Partners in Health can quickly find and employ them. The prototype of Konbit, whose name is a Creole term for the process of working together for the community, launched in March. Haitians will be able to use phone, text, or Web services to report areas of expertise not advertised or tracked by sites like Craigslist, such as language or construction skills.

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