Help Me Help Uses Crowdsourcing To Make Disaster Response More Efficient

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http://techcrunch.com – Help Me Help wants to make it easier for emergency responders to get a full picture of the situation after a disaster happens. The service combines crowdsourcing, a smartphone app and web service that allows trained professionals and civilians to mark up a map in real time with the location and photos of downed power lines, damaged structures, fires, road obstructions and other hazards. Help Me Help was developed by a group of students at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. Team Poli’Ahu, as the group calls itself, will represent the U.S. in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup student technology com (IT news)