Edinburgh-based tech start-up Brainnwave is looking to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the Mexican earthquake, by creating freely available datasets with vital information on disaster events. The firm will compile crucial information relevant to humanitarian organisations and charities, as well as first-responders and logistics planners on the ground.
Available datasets on the site have been sourced from organisations including the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Pacific Disaster Center, Esri, EU-Copernicus, and the United Nations. Brainnwave CEO, Steve Coates, explains more about how the datasets will help people and why his company decided to donate the time needed to create this access:
“Scotland seems a long way from the devastation that is destroying lives on the other side of the Atlantic, you can’t help but feel helpless,” he said. “When I came into work this morning I asked the team if we should stop everything we are doing and focus everyone’s efforts on doing what we can, as Brainnwave, to help. The team jumped at the chance and have created a single go-to place for these vital datasets to help the humanitarian relief efforts.”
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have devastated communities across Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean, and local authorities are struggling to cope with scale of the damage left to vital infrastructure and housing. The Brainnwave team believe that their datasets will help people make “better decisions,” with access to data that they need, at the time they need it.