HFOSS Software Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education

Sam DeFabbia-Kane ’11 and Eli Fox-Epstein ’11 interned on the Humanitarian Free Open Source Software 2009 project creating "Collabbit," software that makes communication in disasters easier for relief organizations.

The Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) project was featured in the Aug. 1 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education in an article titled “In Emergencies, Aid Agencies Turn to a College-Created Software Program.”

The article focuses on an emergency-management program called Collabbit. Collabbit is a continuing effort involving undergraduates and computer science faculty at Wesleyan and Trinity College.

The software tool helps coordinate large numbers of people and supplies involved in responding to disasters like blackouts and flooding.

This is by far the largest project of any kind that I’ve worked on,” Samuel DeFabbia-Kane’11 says in the article. “The developers are seeking to add new features, like the ability to generate a summary of relief efforts after an event, or to allow users to post updates from ordinary cellphones—not just smartphones—by sending a text message.”

HFOSS’s Collabbit also was featured in an Aug. 25 issue of New York’s Messenger Post in an article titled “Making Disaster Communication Easier.”