HHS Looks to Facebook for Disaster Support
The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is challenging software developers to create applications that will enable use of Facebook as a platform for connecting individuals during a disaster.
The office has launched the "Lifeline Facebook App Challenge," with prizes of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place. Entries are due by September 15.
"Entrants are required to develop an app that enables a Facebook user to invite three Facebook friends to become 'Lifelines,' or points of contact who agree to act as a source of support during disasters," according to a notice available here and being published on August 10. "Entrants are encouraged to creatively leverage Facebook's existing networking and geo-locating capabilities to enhance the app's ability to increase personal preparedness, locate potential disaster victims and treatment information sharing among social networks during disasters."