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Resilience goes digital

Birmingham’s Hello Digital week runs from 18-22 October 2010 and Birmingham Resilience Team are taking part in a unique event as part of the Beyond 2010 conference.

The world’s first joint hackathon across the globe is taking place on Wednesday 20th and will run through the night into Thursday also linking with Edmonton (Canada) and Seoul (South Korea).  The end result will be an application that could help get information out to citizens if an emergency arises, such as the effects of severe weather or a a terrorist attack.

Birmingham Resilience Team will be briefing the developers in Birmingham about how the emergency services and the City Council plan for and are able to respond to major emergencies, and how Birmingham is already leading the way in the use of digital technology and social media to get information out to communities both before and during emergencies.

The team will then use twitter to communicate as the hackathon continues and hopes the end result will help influence how digital solutions may be used in the future.

Glen Curry, Emergency Planning Officer explains how digital innovations are used in emergency planning and response: “Birmingham is already harnessing the digital world by our development of Birmingham Community Alert. We can instantly send out alerts by telephone or text message to thousands of Birmingham citizens based on where an emergency is affecting using their postcode and mapping technology.”

“We are extensivly using the web as a tool not just during emergencies, but also to provide advice and guidance on what to do to prepare for possible emergencies. Our use of twitter and facebook is also growing. We are very exicted to see the results of the hackathon and how we may apply this in the future.”

For full details of the events taking place visit http://www.hellodigital.net

For live updates follow us on twitter @bhamresilience

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