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Proposal for a free gamified downloadable mobile app that slum communities use to update map-based data on climate change issues

Proposal for a free gamified downloadable mobile app that slum communities use to update map-based data on climate change issues

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Lize commented on Slum Dunked Climates

Hi Catherine, I agree with you, there are numerous complementary ideas and rather then be fragmented and isolated, it will be better to work together and feed into the Cockpit concept. My data collection is only tertiary of concern in my proposal however, the primary role of the App will be to ensure immediate community wide communication in case of disasters and secondary is the skills enhancement, linked to the gamification. It would thus be ideal if the data gathering can thus link to another system and feed from other systems.

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Lize commented on Slum Dunked Climates

Hi, Thank you! Town and Regional Planners at Provincial and Local Government level will be able to plan communities better, if the exact time and place of climate related incidents are mapped and detail around it reported. The data will be valuable to disaster management and social assistance divisions of government as well. There is an almost 98% mobile phone use in Cape Towns slums (informal settlements as it is still called here). It is however a generation or two older phones. The Western Cape Government are rolling out free wifi and Internet at government services such as libraries. The VPUU (Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading) programme also has nodes and hubs that is being developed in the vulnerable areas where information, learning opportunities and "play centres" can be attached to, where there is also going to be free wifi. The idea is that the App must be as data limited as possible. Badges for attending training sessions related to resilience and climate change issues at the government centers will be integrated into the App so that people can become used to the App, so it will be easy and almost a knee-jerk reaction to use during times of crisis. I have spent the week in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Philippi and the situation is dire, due to the increase in rainfall the ground water is high lying and saturated and they have flooding even during light rain and massive health related problems due to the sewage problems as the septic tanks gets flooded and the pipes of the conventional sewage shifts due to instability in the soil. Much of the soil the slums are built upon are coastal sand.

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Lize commented on Slum Dunked Climates

I have looked at the Community WASH Cockpit and the related ideas and worked and my App will align perfectly. It will be able to feed into a the broader framework you propose. At the moment there seems a lot of potential ideas for open source Apps to address climate change, especially fossil fuels, there even was a brainstorming session about it at POC21. However, nothing constructive have made their way to the poorest slum communities in Africa yet.