SEBASTIAN LUTGERT,Germany (Artist-in-residence at Jaaga)
Sebastian is an artist,writer, and programmer.
“Pad.ma”, his work, celebrates 100 years of Indian Cinema.
The participants shortlisted the concepts, scenarios and ideas to work on. Airpix was associated with the session. They make drones and aerial photography that was partly used at Uttarakhand.
Febin, who is a specialist in face detection software, worked on integrating the quad-copters, with the face recognition software. These drones can reach places where humans cannot. They are controlled using joysticks. This can be monumental in use, in situations where people are stuck in debris and other places.
Another team was working on a SOS system. This would help in sending out SOS messages to their loved ones, to convey whether they were under threats/danger or safe; along with the longitude and latitude co-ordinates.
There was a merging together of the two groups where face recognition software could map these faces of people registered under the SOS system, and also from a registry of missing people.
A third team, labored on an informative application to spread awareness through social media. This was achieved by providing relief measures through access to volunteers and jobs, also for the cause of children orphaned through the disaster. It would hold a list of jobs available for people to take up and make a call for the adoption of orphans.
The fourth team worked remotely. They worked on a software which would generate an optimized route to get to a safe destination based on a crowd-sourced data of roads destroyed. Platforms used for this were called ‘Ushahidi’ (Ushahidi is a crowd mapping platform) and ‘Sahanaeden'( Sahanaeden is an inventory management platform)