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Tech Tuesday April 16 2013

Hey team,

By now you've all heard, read and seen what happened yesterday in Boston.  Sad doesn't begin to describe it.  One thing I always try to look for in this type of situation is the good.  I find the little stories of responders, helpers, volunteers, etc. help to undo some of the damage an event like this does to one's soul.

What does this have to do with tech?  Well, this morning I was on an online forum reddit, and saw that there are several threads dealing with different ways that technology is assisting people and also allowing people from far away feel like they can be of some assistance.

-One of the stories includes a group of Korean tourists who are at the hospital with one of their friends who was injured.  Stranded with very little English, people from around the world arrange for food, shelter near the hospital, and even for some online chats and video calls to folks back home.

-Another of the stories is a strange little forum called random act of pizza.  People from around the world go online and order (and pay for) pizza for people in Boston.  Hotel lobbies, hospitals, and other gathering places are literally being flooded with free food and drink.

-Google has set up on online document detailing accommodation.  People offering a place to stay and people needed a place to stay are matched up

-Google also unveiled a people finder.  With phone lines jammed and communication difficult, this people finder created a central source for people to go and ask about a loved one or "check in" and tell everyone they were ok.

Below I'm pasting some of the threads.  Keep in mind I haven't read through all of this, and it is in relation to a disaster, so there might be some content that is disturbing.

This is continued HERE

This is the continuation of this thread.

Original Thread


For those unused to live update threads, the best way to view them is to switch periodically between sorted by top and sorted by new. The sorted by new lets you get the most recent information, the sorted by top will let you see replies to important comments.

FBI and Boston police want info from witnesses. 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3 "No piece of information or detail is too small

Community members wanting 2 assist this investigation anonymously can call the BPD’s Crime Stoppers Tip Line @ 1(800) 494-TIPS.

Update 83 (7:04 PM ET): Reports still indicate 2 killed and over 100 injured.

Update 84 (7:10 PM ET) Has hospital updates.

  • Tufts - 9 patients hurt from attack, none critical, 8 more patients w/ marathon-related injuries
  • Boston Medical Center - 20 patients total, 2 children, most have lower leg injuries
  • Mass. Gen. - 22 patients total, 6 critical, 5 serious
  • Brigham & Women - 26 patients total, 2 critical, 8-10 serious
  • Bethg Israel - 21 patients total, 18 major, 3 minor, 7 life-threatening

Update 85 (7:17 PM ET): Some good graphics/maps from Boston Globe.

Update 86 (7:19 PM ET): There are reports of runners being let in and out of area hotels.

Update 73 UPDATED Video of Obama's speech:

Update 87 (7:26 PM ET): @MassDOT: I-90, I-93, I-95 open. I-90 Exit 22 Copley Square ramp remains closed.

Update 88 (7:29 PM ET): U.S. Navy providing an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to assist local authorities at the request of the State of Massachusetts

Update 89 (7:32 PM ET): Street Closures: Clarendon from Huntington to Newbury, Newbury from Clarendon to Hereford, Huntington from Belividere to Clarendon.

Update 90 (7:34 PM ET)/u/99trumpets first hand account.

Cory Raven, RI

Managing Broker, RE/MAX Select Realty
Member, Real Estate Institute of BC
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Vancouver, BC
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