Vermont 2-1-1 - United Way of Chittenden County

Updated 3 weeks 6 days ago

Vermont 2-1-1 is a simple number to dial for information about health and human service organizations in our community. The confidential service operates 24/7 and is toll-free from any Vermont phone, and callers are connected to a real person every time.

Call specialists assess the caller’s needs by establishing rapport, asking relevant background questions, talking about the client’s needs and eventual goals, problem solving, identifying informal support networks, and making a referral to an appropriate program or agency. Call specialists go above and beyond providing referrals, offering their ongoing support by identifying potential barriers to access (ie transportation) and offering follow up assistance.

Categories: Disaster Resiliency, Education, Food Security, Gender Equality, Health, Transportation, Youth

Farmolutions - Connecting Supervisors to Farmers

Updated 4 weeks 1 day ago

In India, a set of farmers are connected to a supervisor. He helps in educating them with better agricultural techniques, what type of crops to grow in which season, insights about what fertilisers and pesticides to use, irrigation etc.,

After the supervisor educates the farmers, it has been a challenging job to monitor the farmers, if they have implemented the technique or if they need any help etc., (basically feedback)

So, we have designed a solution where a outbound call(VOIP) is made to a farmer in his local language, and feedback is got based on choosing the desired option.

Categories: Agriculture

Track freebies (food,clothing,scholar ships) from Government to school kids.

Updated 4 weeks 1 day ago

Indian Government spends huge budget to empower children with education. It gives out free bies like food (mid day meals), clothing, bicycles, bus passes, scholarships.  This is not reaching the intended child because of mismanagement , corruption etc.

We need to effectively track these freebies from government, so that it  reaches the needy children. The solution intended should be cost effective, efficient, simple to implement.

Categories: Education, Food Security, Health, Transparency

Remote gathering of patient information during large scale disasters

Updated 1 month 2 days ago

During large scale disasters it is difficult to keep track of affected people after the course of the event. The purpose brings ease to the problems faced in the aftermath of large scale disasters.

Categories: Disaster Resiliency

Automatic Word Doc Translator

Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago


I'm currently serving in Albania as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

I've recently created a lesson planning system within Excel that will be used by both Albanians and Americans. An integral component of this system revolves around the consistency of the format of all the lesson plans. It's very cumbersome and tedious to manually copy English (or Albanian) text within a word doc, paste it into google translate, copy the translated text, paste it beside the original text in the word doc, and then correct for all formatting errors.

Thus, my request is this - Create a Word Document that incorporates these routine algorithmic steps into the document itself.

Allow me to explain a bit more...

I need a word document that can streamline the process of standardizing all lesson plans and activities so that it can be used by both Albanians and Americans. It would be a single word document that would probably have some visual basic code in it.

Here is what I envision: There would be two independent columns in a word document (they're not columns in the conventional sense because they're actually made by a table with invisible borders. I have it set already up this way so I can edit the two columns completely independent of one another). I'd like to know if you can help make a macro so that whenever I type something in the left column, it translates it from Albanian to English in the right column. And whenever I write something in English in the right column, it automatically translates it into Albanian in the left column. Ideally, Google Translate would be a part of the macro.

If this process is not automated, I know it will surely fail.

Thank you!

Categories: Education

Newtown Kindness

Updated 2 months 3 weeks ago


Newtown Kindness is a non-profit organization founded subsequent to the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th, 2012 in an effort to encourage, facilitate, and recognize the value of kindness. Our mission is to promote kindness as a guiding principle of humanity. Newtown Kindness is committed to fostering compassion in children and inspiring life-long contributors to society. The organization aims to facilitate acts of kindness within communities as well as raise awareness of kindness through education, sharing and recognition.
The first initiative from Newtown Kindness is the annual Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award, in honor of our little friend Charlotte Bacon, a victim of the December 14, 2012 tragedy at the Sandy Hook School in Sandy Hook, CT. The contest is simple: all children write, draw, or tell your story in any way about your own personal act of kindness. 
The random hack of kindness that Newtown Kindness could use is a web application to help children and their parents to submit their acts of kindness as entries into the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award program. A basic web application will be desktop browser-based and contain an HTML web form that allows entrants to submit their name, email, a text description of their act of kindness, as well as to upload files, photos, videos or other media attachments into a database. That database should be accessible via a web browser by someone from Newtown Kindness to review entries. A more complex application will support mobile browsers or even be paired with a native iOS or Android application. The application can run in a cloud service like Amazon Web Services, Heroku or Google App Engine and can be written in any language available on those platforms such as, but not limited to, Ruby on Rails, Python or Java.


Categories: Education

Crisis volunteer management tool

Updated 3 months 1 week ago

This problem statement addresses an urgent problem:  being able to set up and run an online team of volunteers at short notice without overloading the team leads.


Crisismappers are online teams of people who turn online data that's available about a crisis into usable information, where that data is usually on the Internet (e.g. tweets, facebook posts, messages sent to our sites), or available via groups connected to the crisismappers (e.g. satellite images and messages received from people affected by crises). The information is either broadcast to reach people affected by a crisis, or analysed and given to crisis responders (e.g. the UN) as 'situation pictures' that help them to make decisions.

There are two types of crisismapper: crowdsourcers, who repeatedly perform simple tasks (like adding categories to messages) on large volumes of data, and mappers, who work on more complex tasks and usually have to adapt their work to meet rapidly-changing needs.   Crowdsourcers usually log in to dedicated platforms like Mechanical Turk, crowdflower, pybossa, vizzuality, Tomnod or MapMill that provide detailed instructions and the datasets needed to complete tasks without outside support, and log the tasks that each crowdsourcer completes.

Mappers don’t have this level of support.  Right now, when a crisis starts, a deployment lead creates a webpage describing the crisis, a list of specialist teams needed (geolocation, media monitoring etc), a set of instructions for each team and a google spreadsheet (or googlesite) where mappers can list their name, skypeid, which hours they’ll be available in the next few hours or days (as appropriate) and which team they want to work in (and also whether they’re the lead for that team); mappers sometimes also list their location or timezone.   The deployment and team leads then create platforms for the deployment (as appropriate, e.g. Ushahidi etc), a Skypechat for the deployment, one for the team leads and one for each team.   They then add each volunteer to each platform and Skypechat they need to be in, by hand – which on a large deployment can take hours.  That time is time taken away from the important business of keeping the deployment running well, helping find data sources, adapting the instructions as needed and training new people as tasks change.  Crises often happen without warning, making this scramble to set up teams even more desperate… anything that could make the process of setting up teams faster would take a lot of stress off the team leads.

Categories: Disaster Resiliency

Five Hole for Food: Mobile app helping food banks

Updated 3 months 4 weeks ago

What we do

Five Hole for Food travels across the country every summer, playing hockey for Food Banks. Starting on the East Coast, we land in Halifax and play hockey for FEED NOVA SCOTIA, an organization that supports 150 food banks and meal services in Nova Scotia. We move across Canada as we play for 13 cities across the country. All food gathered in each city *stays* in each city, ensuring sustainability.


Currently, we are looking to develop a mobile app to engage with supporters across the country. We are aiming to raise 250,000 LBS of food during our 2013 tour and believe that a mobile app will greatly enhance our communications across the country. We have a TON of ideas for our mobile app that we are sure will increase overall donations across the country.


We are looking for help in development work for our mobile app, as well as our website.

How this project will help

This would drastically change the work we do through digital media. A developed mobile app would be a tremendous jump in innovation, and would greatly help us in collecting 250,000 LBS of food for Canadian Food Banks in 2013.

Other Details

More information on Five Hole for Food can be found at

Clarifying Notes & Questions

RHoK Vancouver is consider the app component of this request. We have requested clarification on the following points:

  1. What is the purpose of this app? What kind of process is it facilitation and what kind of calls-to-action is it answering?
  2. Who are the people who would be using this tool?
  3. Do you know of other examples that are similar apps to what you have in mind?
  4. Can a viable tool be delivered by Sunday?
  5. If not, is there someone on your team that is going to be able to take this forward if a project is started?

What is needed of RHoK teams

  • Brainstorming (both before and during) – 90 minutes
  • Choosing technology – 30 minutes
  • Implementation (development & design) – 10-15 hours
  • QA – 2 hours
  • Team: PM/ Analyst, U/ I (for mobile), mobile developers

What RHoK Vancouver is requesting from Five Hole for Food

  • Any existing graphics, colors, CMYK colors & standards manuals that they have
  • Screen shots of your website
  • Examples of other tools/ solutions
  • Any mock-ups you might have about how the tool should like
  • Flyers
  • Custom type faces (licensed)
  • Ability to input content and training others


  • Either beta version of the proposed app or a recommendation on what is needed for someone else to go forward if an app is not viable

Project Contacts

Richard Loat & Nicole van Zanten

Categories: Food Security

A Mobile News Application for WaterAid

Updated 5 months 1 week ago

WaterAid want to increase interaction with end users. Once donated money is sent to programmes in their operating countries, it is relatively hard to see the outcome. The plan is to produce a simple set of mobile applications which can keep donators informed.

Categories: Water