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  • June 19, 2018

APIs to the Rescue in the Aftermath of 2017 Mexican Earthquake

Bob Rhubart
Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team

After three weeks Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is still busy eating an island. Early in June Guatemala's Volcan De Fuego erupted and is still literally shaking the earth. And just this past weekend a 5.3 magnitude quake struck Osaka, Japan. Mother Earth knows how to get our attention. But in doing so she also triggers an impulse in some human beings to jump in and help in any way they can.

One great example of that kind of techie humanitarianism is the group of Mexican developers and DBAs who, in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that hit Mexico in 2017, banded together in a collaborative effort to rapidly build a system to coordinate rescue and relief efforts.

Oracle ACE Rene Antunez was one of the volunteers in that effort. He shares the organizational and technical details in this video interview recorded at last week's ODTUG Kscope 2018 event in Orlando.

Given that natural disasters are likely to continue to happen, the open source project is ongoing, and is available on GItHub:


Why not lend your skills to this worthwhile effort?

Have you been involved in similar humanitarian software development efforts? post a comment below


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Comments ( 1 )
  • marcel Thursday, June 28, 2018
    It sounds great. I'd like to suggest exposing the idea with text and not only with videoy, because in the company where I work, youtube is blocked.
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