彭蒙惠英语:20110112 MP3在线课程 The Technology Behind Recovery

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January 12

The Technology Behind Recovery

Interviews by Stephanie Schomer / (c) 2010, Mansueto Ventures LLC, as first published in Fast Company Magazine. Distributed by Tribune Media Services.

The earthquakes in Haiti and Chile revealed how technology can make relief efforts more effective

James Eberhard

Eberhard, 32, started Mobile Accord to help not-for-profits organize their mobile efforts. Its mGive platform has helped collect $41 million for Haiti.

"When the earthquake hit Haiti, the U.S. State Department asked if we could set up a text donation program for the relief effort. We immediately contacted the Red Cross. Within a day, we had raised $2.3 million; by the end of the second day, it was $5 million. Our goal was always to use mobile devices to make a social impact. Typically, a nonprofit registers on our website and we manage everything from sending donation-confirmation text messages to tax receipts, to aggregating the carrier payments."

Jack and Carmen Barker

The Barkers are behind Sunspring, a portable, solar-powered water-purifying system.

Jack: "Everyone was shipping in bottled water to Haiti, but that's not a sustainable option. The Sunspring produces more than 5,000 gallons of water per day, every drop is safe to drink. The unit is constantly storing energy and can run at night or on a cloudy day. We installed 17 units in Haiti, 10 of them donated by GE.

"One Sunspring costs $25,000, but it lasts for 10 years. You can create a local microfinance model; NGOs can help support hospitals, community centers or schools. This can be sustainable within itself."

Claire Bonilla

Bonilla, 37, coordinates emergency communication solutions for stricken communities.

"In a time of disaster, you're often stuck starting with a damaged structure. We partner with NetHope, a nonprofit that brings satellite and wireless Internet connectivity to disaster sites, so we don't have to rely on the infrastructure in the area; our work can be done in the cloud, hosted at Microsoft's global data centers. Together, we provide situational awareness and mapping capabilities, and improve goods distribution.

"Projects that would normally take a year are completed in five days."

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