Coding for Tabasco

So what is contributing back, recently there was a big disaster hitting my hometown. Tabasco was flooded and the amount of people hit by the waters was impressive. However thanks to new media I was able to help out beyond the limits of my physical presence. I was able to join forces with other technical people and come up with software to improve the connectivity between the entities in the state.We basically launched different projects and use some of the web tools to coordinate a better map of what’s going on. We used some of the google tools to provide communication between everyone. We first use Gtalk to have live conferences thanks to Gtalk bots, at the same time we used Google Groups to have a group about it. Facebook was actually the group that it all started and kept providing daily media (videos and images) of what was going on in Villahermosa.Google code also had a repository of our website and how it would work. Finally we had the advantages of friends that provide high availabilty servers to put the projects on line and start the communication structure.So far we were able to get 40,000 people on shelters registered to the different groups. We where also able to find a common ground to work with the different technologies including the API and other high powered useful development. Mostly done in Free software we were able to have a substantial infrastructure faster than the government web applications which were death slow, expensive and not that impressive.In the end this was a great proof of what Open source software can do and more importantly how many people it benefit without even having to move to Tabasco.

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