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BUZZER : Time to ACT

An epidemic breaks out just as Fire does, creates chaos. Thus the entire neighborhood needs smart alerts to BUZZ out Zika, Malaria.

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It is an easy to use mobile/web application,an alert and notification platform.

A connecting platform for citizens and govt./medical authorities where citizens can

request the following on the portal with features such as :

a. Urgent Medical Help for individuals

b. Immediate fumigation for homes/neighborhoods

c. Immediate/General site inspection for breeding grounds etc.

It is a touchpoint that can help authorities narrow down probable neighborhoods having Zika outbreaks and an app that can curb and control the epidemic before all hell breaks loose using data analytics.

The platform can also be used to educate one and all about prevention and protection measures against Zika, to share it and thus, to spread not the virus but awareness.

"When all are one and one is all", Motto for BUZZER.

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The What, Why, Who and How of BUZZER, our user-friendly mobile/web platform

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Wow. Perfectly simple and tremendously useful idea. Congratulations!!
All the best

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Congrats on being selected for the Highlights phase!

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Hey Team OpenIDEO,
It feels great to have made people empathize with yourself and that too for a social cause. I hope there are other ways as well to impact the society as we as a team are excited to take BUZZER a step forward.

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I like how you are leveraging relatively new technology to address the threat of Zika. For communities where internet-penetration is limited and smart phones are not ubiquitous, you might consider how community leaders equipped with this mobile app can address the infrastructure deficit. Look at the model One World South Asia has used to support rural farmers and educators. http://lifelines-india.net/

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Thanks Lindsay Vignoles , you have a point here about the addressal of folks with no exposure to internet. A lot of other effective mechanisms could be constructed for them such as, a toll-free number, a village regular checkup drive and feature-phone features (long press etc.) to track, monitor and alert the authorities. Nonetheless, all of this could be devised under a single umbrella of BUZZER, where knowledge exchange about an outbreak, its prevention and control measures are not sporadic or sluggish but even faster than the outbreak itself. BUZZER should follow "When all are one and one is all" motto. If we get a chance to make this, your concern about the internet-void communities should be addressed implicitly. Support BUZZER :)

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Love this idea! I can see a huge potential for integrating with existing essential services in communities, and using the data collected to put tools in the hands of decision makers. I wonder if there is a way to destigmatize the red flagging of infected neighborhoods to incentivize use of the platform. Good luck with your idea!

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Thanks a ton Erik Jensen for the kind words of encouragement, truly the 'Stigma' part suggested would be looked upon, although it should be encompassed completely when governement authorities take charge in promoting BUZZER. Cheers!

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Fantastic team. Sammy does the trick again. Brilliant..!! though you have started small (the right way to go about), can expand further - probably genetic imbalance (especially with infants).
Keep it going team.

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Dear Gulrez Shah , thank you so much for the cheers and appreciating the idea. We would surely look upon how we can expand on the lines of your suggestion for sure. Your words have always been motivating and high-spirited, thanks once again. :)

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Innovative idea , given the vulnerable situation the world is in . But this needs to be tightly integrated with govt medical services . There should also be a system defined to eliminate hoax alerts create to avoid panic among the public . But to begin to  with the idea , i appreciate your effort . Cheers

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Thanks Akmal Md  for your comments, will surely try and look at this aspect

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Good Research and a great Idea Samarth

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Thanks sudarshan naik  for the encouragement

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Great idea!

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Awesome idea ! Will help bring social awareness and take appropriate preventive measures, if implemented properly at all places and for all epidemics. 

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Good idea!! Hope this extends for other epidemics too...

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Fantastic idea guys! Great job.

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Good idea guys !! Can be extended to any such future epidemics as well I guess ! Good job :)

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On the face of it ,it seems like an interesting idea , the name is catchy, simple and an immediate call to action ... but is it just for Zika or can it be extended for other health safety awareness/measures...wishing you all the very best of luck!!!!

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Thanks a lot!
Yes @preeti misra it can be extended to all kinds of outbreaks and epidemics. The idea was to put smartphones to good use and help save lives, prevent outbreaks and spread awareness all in an "app" with just a BUZZ ! :)

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Great idea!!

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Thank you so much tarun bhatt 

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Hello,
I think it's a fantastic idea to provide assistance in case of any emergency. I see this notification app as an effective means of dealing any chaotic situations. The name is cool too!
All the best !

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Thanks a lot Isha Tirkey  So encouraging ! :)

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Great idea....should be quite helpful

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thank you so much Jose Chandran :)

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Samarth Mahajan what a creative idea! Would love to learn, what your source of inspiration was for the concept! 

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Ashley Tillman thanks for the encouraging words. Our inspiration for BUZZER are the thousands of countrymen, women and children who have succumbed to Malaria, Dengue, chikungunya etc and the helplessness of the people and the government to report and respond .  BUZZER can be a tailor made solution for developing countries that are also seeking digitization at a large scale and can be used not only for Zika but also for any epidemic or disease. The anonymity of the patient can be maintained with appropriate curative and preventive measures provided by experts. It ties everything. I'm glad you like it and  would love to talk more on this.

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Thanks a ton Ashley Tillman  That is encouraging. We come from a country, India, where epidemics such as dengue, malaria and the likes take many lives each year. It is really sad that despite all the advances in technology, we have been unable to combat these outbreaks.
We thought, why not put all the smartphones to good use and help save lives, prevent outbreaks and spread awareness all in an "app" with just a BUZZ !
The scientists are already doing their best with all the latest tools and research in medical science to combat all the viruses. However, as the world is technologically advancing, our belief is that there are smarter ways to approach everything. All it takes is getting together and pressing a button :)

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Nice idea!! 

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Thank you so much Shraddha Sawant :)

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Great Idea ! however the gap in the system must be addressed :)

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Thank you Drishti Jha 
Agree, we have identified the gaps in the system and have approached the problem in that direction. :)

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Nice thought :) 

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thank you Deepika Juvvala 

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Samarth Mahajan Brilliant idea. If implemented can be a game changer in arranging quick response to an outbreak.

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Thank you so much Pratyush Tripathi Yes, even we do believe so ! :)

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Good Initiative.... give your best to bring this app to live...All the very best!!!

For education and prevention details on Zika virus, we already have an "WHO Zika" App available in both Andriod and IOS. Just refer.

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Sujatha y you are absolutely right, and integration of an existing platform from an accepted authority will give the users the essential knowledge about ZIKA, and governments an easy platform for spreading awareness effectively. Glad to see your interest :) 

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Thank you Sujatha y Thanks a lot for your guidance. We will surely look it up !

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Good going. All the best to the team.
My Point - Need to provide awareness about basic symptoms of virus for using BUZZER. 
I am sure team is already thinking about it. Thumps up to the idea.

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thank you so much Yashvir Pathak :) 
Point noted. Yes, awareness is definitely part of our idea and execution :) Thanks a lot for the input.

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Nice idea

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thank you Nandhitaa 

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good idea!!!

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Great Idea Samarth..:)

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Great initiative taken, wish you and the Team, All the Best :-)

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Good idea. Do this by understanding ways the Zika virus works as the disease vector Aedes is the same for multiple diseases. Prevention methods for these are generic. The problem is to identify, isolate the symptoms unique to zika. Education on prevention, information on medical facilities provided by governments and effective reporting of vector breeding grounds/positive cases to authorities are imperatives.

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Thanks Sudhan...Will surely try and incorporate the aforementioned concerns. Let's discuss further as well. :)

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Idea is awesome. But, it's more generic towards endemic diseases spread through mosquitos. This solution, if tied to a medica instrument used for detecting zica in blood samples, would add immense value

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Sure Vinayak, we shall discuss on this further

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Amazing idea bhai :)

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@Aunna Wilson : Please read through, FYI..also comment on the approach to fight ZIKA.
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