Sharing economy services and crowdsourced tech can help aggregate and distribute aid, housing, energy, and transportation to disaster survivors. Airbnb is one company that's stepping up.
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In a disaster, figuring out what technology you have still works, how long it will work, and who knows how to use it is precious information. The idea of "disaster tech" is a vocative of that notion: what works when nothing else does? Last week, at a forum convened by the White House to share commitments from the private sector and to demonstrate data-driven innovation to helping people and disasters, I was reminded of that need.
In a sign of the times, the categories in the program included the "sharing economy" and survivor support, crowdsourcing, open data, and public alerts. Behind the buzzwords, what matters most about any disaster technology is whether it works (from being interoperable with existing systems to being accessible to users), and whether it improves upon existing systems used by first responders and aid workers. If sharing economy services aggregate and distribute the demands of survivors to aid, excess housing, energy, or transport capacity, they can help people in need. These outcomes aren't theoretical.