Ending The First Day, The Rise Of The Next: Dar Es Salaam SanHack


CC-BY-SA 2.0, Vicchi
CC-BY-SA 2.0, Vicchi

The sun set, the heat rose, the hacking continued. Teams stayed until 0200 blazing trails into their respective code bases. Here is a short summary of the state of play;

Sanitation and Intervention Map
Sanitation and Intervention Map

Intervention and Approach Map took a stakeholder based approach from data and experiences collected on the Rufiji fieldtrip. They’ve had a few issues with sample data, therefore have created their own data structures. Through this we will need in future better understanding of potential data-structures and processes! They’ve just the LAMP stack with Javascript and the Mapstraction API.

Open Defecation Reporting refined their problem statement, going indepth for pretty much all of the first day. Now they’ve started developing a USSD reporting application. They’ve worked through issues of how to geolocate a USSD signal and how to derive coarse location by village. In their design they’ve looked at how to go from a open defecation area to an open defecation free area.

Git Repositories Abound!
Git Repositories Abound!

Electronic Performance and Monitoring had a look at various platforms from Ushahidi to Taarifa and a few other monitoring platforms. They were put in touch with the various software communities development teams and started to test the applicability of the platforms in solving the presented problem.

iWash and Behavioural Messaging refined their problem statement, starting with a Sample Behavior Messaging Content. From here the group looked at various SMS providers, building a platform for the dissemination of this information using a rules based approach. Here an issue needs to be resolved; money for paying for APIs. One of the issues was that they used their free credit for trying the API and now need a credit card to continue using the service.

Written and posted from the Sanitation Hackathon, COSTECH, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (-6.77457, 39.24125)

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Author: Mark Iliffe

Traveller, Programmer, Geospatialist and Motorcyclist

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