Thailand just had their Imagine Cup 2011 local final today. Team NewKrean won the first place in Software Design category for Thailand local final and will be represent their own country to worldwide final which will going to be held at New York, US.
The team had developed a phone application called Terra that allows disaster victims to alert others to their exact location. The software allows users to broadcast their location in the event of a disaster through social networks such as Facebook with one click. The team cited the recent flooding in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, as their inspiration for developing Terra.
The team explained that many countries are prepared with emergency supplies stored in the event of a natural disaster, but the problem they usually face is where exactly to deliver the aid to the victims as effective as possible. They later discovered that many victims did not receive any aid but others had repeated deliveries, because the rescue teams did not have accurate information about the victims’ location. Terra can give an overview of the current problem and provide long-term predictions of how a natural disaster might spread, thus allowing rescue teams to know where to send relief.
As we know Thailand is the only country to won twice in the global competition. Many team had keep an eyes on the team and waiting to see what they are going to bring this year especially Thailand just won the last year Software Design category and bring back the winner cup.
For more information visit: http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/computer/227946/software-to-save-lives
by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog