Adopt-A-Siren Distributes Responsibility for Tsunami Prep Adopt-A-Siren Distributes Responsibility for Tsunami Prep
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Adopt-A-Siren Distributes Responsibility for Tsunami Prep

by Zachary Slobig

July 29, 2012

Code for America has developed a broad range of innovative, localized, civic fixing tools, from a Boston school bus tracker, to Coucilmatic, an app that distills the results of the Philadelphia City Council meetings. CFA has 26 fellows scattered around the nation tech tinkering on city issues. But what happens when the Peace Corps style fellowship for civic-minded geeks comes to Hawaii? The tsunami warning system gets a reboot. 

Next up for the Honolulu Code for America team is an app that locates and describes public art in the city. By the end of the year, the tech developers aim to have built half a dozen other tools to make Honolulu's neighborhoods quieter, cleaner, and safer. 

“This project is bigger than politics,” Forest Frizzell, Deputy Director of Honolulu's Department of Information Technology, says. “We’re able to solve real-world problems. Technology and civic engagement really is the great equalizer for helping solve community problems.”

 

Image (cc) Flickr user DrBojorn

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Adopt-A-Siren Distributes Responsibility for Tsunami Prep