Startup Team Gathers Data on Typhoon Yolanda

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) battered the central Philippines with winds of up to 315 km/h. While Yolanda was destroying entire towns and cities, disaster information-app Tudlo was helping people keep updated on the disaster.

Latest data from the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council puts the death toll from typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) at 3,621. The agency also said that a total of 9.07 million people were affected by the typhoon in nine regions in the Philippines.

While millions were being affected by typhoon Yolanda, this provided a good setting for the team behind Tudlo to test out their app. As part of their special effort during the disaster, the Tudlo team gathered information about the typhoon through a special site.

Tudlo’s Yolanda site was set up as a way to help rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the destructive typhoon. Many people around the world expressed their desire to help in the relief efforts following the disaster. A week after, the press is reporting that aid delivery has picked up its pace in Tacloban City in Leyte, one of the hardest-hit areas by the typhoon.



Tech as enabling disaster preparedness: APSEMO experience

WERE you among the hundreds of people stranded in parts of Metro Cebu Saturday night? A strong and sudden downpour caused waist-deep flooding in several areas of the metro.
Flooding has now become all too common not just because of the sorry state of our drainage system and our explosive growth but also because of the weather. Climate change is upon us and its bringing disasters along with it.
One thing that empowers communities in dealing with disasters like widespread urban flooding is technology.
Before technologies like mobile phones came in, disaster preparation was a “failure,” said Dr. Cedric Daep, the head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo)
Even if you have a good early warning system, you can’t evacuate people without communications, Daep said in an interview last July 5 when he was in Cebu to work on the customization of Tudlo, a disaster-preparedness and response mobile phone app.

The power of co-creation: Future Innovators Summit 2014

24 innovative minds are headed to Linz, Austria for the Future Innovators Summit, a project of Ars Electronica, ITU Telecom World, and Hakuhodo held between 4-8 September. This group represents a multidisciplinary melting pot of creative engineers, social entrepreneurs and social activists, scientists, artists, designers and tech innovators, including six former winners of the Young Innovators Competition. They will be working towards solving problems facing the world today, submitted on-site by the audience and selected by serendipity, and will be asked to find solutions in the form of concepts and maybe even new partnerships in a collaborative co-creation process.
In 2013, in the Lab at ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok, a bag of stones was lifted high in the air. Its fall to the ground was controlled by Gravity Light. This system uses gravity, friction and a gear system to generate enough electricity to provide up to 30 minutes of light at a time, anywhere in the world. Though it started as an art installation, Gravity Light quickly became a product that has the potential to change lives for those who live without regular power supplies.

Future Innovators Group A

Yvonne Loremia has been studying at the Cebu Technological University. Through her work as an insurance saleswoman, she has learned a lot about the human need for safety and security. Studied with her husband Kristoffer Loremia, information and technology industry, she has Tudlo App founded in order to support people who want to prepare for disasters and crises. Tudlo has the ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition won in 2013 and was a finalist Ericsson Mobile 2014th.

Albay, Smart tie up for disaster mgt mobile app

LEGAZPI CITY — Albay province and Smart Communications, Inc.(Smart) on Wednesday agreed to work out a high-tech disaster and emergency mobile application to be used by the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO)in its disaster response management.

The partnership between Albay and Smart was highlighted during the two-day Disaster Response Seminar sponsored by GSMA Disaster Response and Smart Communications, Inc. at Oriental Hotel yesterday.
Ramon Isberto, head of the Smart Public Affairs Group, in an interview said the emergency mobile application dubbed as “Tudlo” (Visayan word meaning to teach,guide,point) is a multi- purpose communication platform for disaster and emergencies.
Tudlo would raise the disaster response practice to a high level through the use of smart phones where a local government unit like Albay can immediately access disaster warnings, advisories, location data, and disaster mappings.
The mobile app would report incidence of earthquakes, flooding, landslides, fire, accidents pandemics, tourism, travel, and location data.
Dr. Cedric Daep, APSEMO chief, said “communication before, during, and after disaster and emergency situations is very important. This is especially so for warning and evacuation. We’re looking forward to using Tudlo to complement our disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation tools.”