MicroMappers is launching its expedition to the Philippines. The purpose of this deployment is to assess the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on coconut trees (over 30 million were destroyed by the Typhoon) and thus the impact on local livelihoods. The effort involves using the Aerial Clicker to tag damaged and healthy coconut tree trunks. This will help fight infestations that could potentially wipe out the nation’s entire coconut industry.
In addition, directly after this coconut challenge, MicroMappers will be switching gears to another deployment, dealing with the impact of Super Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby on the Philippines. This typhoon, equally as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, is currently slated to hit the shores Saturday local time. Humanitarian organizations around the world are gearing up in preparation, and there will be multitudes of ways for the digital volunteer to help out.
These two deployments are exactly what the IRL idea focuses on, so any help will directly benefit the development of our concept.
Here is a link to the MicroMappers website, where you can find more information:
Hello everyone! We haven’t had an update since late November, but this post is here to let you know that we’re still slowly but steadily working on IRL.
There is also some news: we may be quickly approaching our first open testing phase!
What we’re looking at is tagging aerial images taken post-disaster. More specifically we plan to partner with a group from the Philippines who has been capturing UAV images of the disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts after typhoon Haiyan. This will allow us test our plugin in a controlled environment and hopefully garner some video game developer buy-in. We hope to bring you more in the following weeks.
As always, this project is open to anyone to help and contribute. If you are interested in joining, please feel free to contact us!
CCP Games, the developers of EVE online, has re-launched its “PLEX for Good” campaign in response to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. PLEX, which is short for Pilot License Extension, is a usable and tradable in-game item that holds both real-world and in-game monetary value. This campaign is asking players to donate their PLEX, and for each one CCP Games will in turn donate $15 to the Icelandic Red Cross for Typhoon relief in the Philippines.
As of yesterday, players have already donated over $43,000, but CCP Games plans to boost that number with a charity live stream that will occur on December 7th. For different fundraising goals employees are pledging different things, such as receiving tattoos or getting their heads shaved. Previous PLEX for Good campaigns have been very successful, and the company has donated over $150,000 to disaster aid since their first collection in 2004 for the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. You can learn more about PLEX for Good and the charity live stream at this link.
This campaign helps prove that video gamers are a charitable community and that creativity can inspire people to help. Instead of just asking for cash donations, CCP Games decided to have players donate a virtual item to a virtual character within their game. While the end result may be the same, the feeling of doing it is certainly different. And why stop there? We can take the feeling of donating to a whole new level by actually allowing players to make a direct impact on the relief efforts. Giving the opportunity to contribute time instead of money is the logical choice for a video gaming community.
We applaud you CCP Games for your tremendous effort in relief aid. The money that you raise will be a great help to the Philippines during their time of need. We also implore you to go the next step. It’ll be a bold move, and a rewarding one as well.