Code for Resilience: Innovative Apps for Disaster Risk Reduction

Code for Resilience is a global initiative in which, during a year-long period, technologists have been developing mobile applications to increase the availability of locally relevant technologies that can strengthen community resilience to disasters. The initiative is supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFRDD), the World Bank Group, and Code for Japan.

Over 1,000 software and hardware developers participated in 11 hackathon events in nine countries over the period of the initiative.  They met with disaster risk management experts to catalyze software and hardware innovations and created tech-based tools for specific disaster resilience challenges defined during community workshops and by the public. The resulting apps from these events range from support to rescuers during an emergency to a maternal health digitization tool. A global panel of judges then selected 10 finalists from more than 60 submitted apps.

A global panel of judges selected three grand prize winners which were presented at an awards ceremony at the Understanding Risk Forum on 30 June 2014 in London. The winning teams include a mobile app from Indonesia that monitors floods, a Japanese app that focuses on evacuation maps, and another Indonesian app that informs the user in disaster situations using real-time location data.