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Right-Click Development


Samaritan is an application which we designed for the sole purpose of connecting Queenslanders during troubled times. As we experience a large amount of natural disasters, our emergency services are a vital part of our state's infrastructure. Samaritan provides the users with all the required information and services associated with natural disasters, using five core features:

At Risk:
When a user is in immediate danger

  • A "Call for Help!" button which sends the user's location and basic information about their situation directly to emergency services
  • Information about where they can go for help, if they are able to travel
  • A list of any contacts that they might require
  • A Power saver option, which limits the resources of the phone to just the app, in order to preserve power for as long as possible

Area Info:

  • Allows the user to find out the risk of certain natural disasters occurring in their area
  • Also allows them to look up other areas in Queensland

Get Informed:

  • Get informed provides users with information about specific natural disasters
  • It will tell them how to prepare their homes and businesses, and what damage to expect
  • There is also a section on administering first aid
  • There is a list of contacts which they may require during an emergency, as well as any relevant help lines

Live Feed:

  • The live feed will be information relating to current disasters and events
  • It will be sourced from: broadcasts from emergency services, weather warnings and breaking news related to the event

Help out:
Section dedicated to the donations and volunteering

  • Help out provides the users with all information related to how they can help and support people affected by the natural disaster.
  • Includes:
    • Where emergency centres are
    • Information on the different ways that they can help
    • Allows them to register as an official volunteer
    • Information on where and what they can donate
    • Contact information
    • Charities associated with the disaster

What makes Samaritan different from other emergency service applications are two major features: the live updates for the emergency services, which enables them to keep a better track of affected people, and the helping out section, which is a feature which has been overlooked by other applications previously, despite how much the Queensland culture values helping out others in need.

Currently, this application is focused within Queensland, as a majority of the data which we have access to is state wide. However, if this project was to expand further, it could be developed for use nationwide, and has the potential for global applications.


Geoscience Australia Sentienl Hotspots
To locate fires which are currently burning throughout Queensland.

Bureau of Meteorology
To track floods, and extreme weather warnings.
To track storms and hurricanes within Queensland.

Australian Bureau of Statistics
Populations in Queensland based upon regions.
Flood plane and bushfire risk information.

Google Maps API
To display the gathered risk information and to display local emergency locations such as hospitals and fire departments.

Prize Categories

Bounty: Geoscience Australia data bounty
We utilise the sentinel hotspot information from Geoscience Australia (along with Google Maps), to track  and display the fires currently occuring in Australia (although currently we only display the Queensland ones).

Bounty: Most useful Product or Service for the Public
This application will potentially save people's lives. Its allows emergency services to know where people in trouble are, and how dire their situation is. This will allow them to allocate resources effectively and efficiently (for example, the information provided by users can tell them if there are a large amount of stranded people within a certain area, and they can act accordingly).  It also allows people who want to help have access to a large amount of resources, which allows them to maximise their support for people in need.

Bounty: Open Source bounty
Everything we have utilised in the development of Samaritan is Open Source. We have also released the source code on GitHub with the hope that this project will grow beyond anything we can imagine.

Bounty: Scientific data bounty
We are using the Geoscience Australia sentinel hotspot to collect information about current fires in Australia. Geoscience Australia is one of the data portals from CSIRO.

Bounty: Statistics data bounty
We are accessing population data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics for use in the 'Area Info' section of the application. With this, we will be able to inform both users and emergency services, of the estimated number of people that would be affected by a natural disaster if one was to occur within a specified area.

International Best Disaster Mitigation Hack
This application aims to have Queensland ready before any disasters occur. The 'Get Informed' section of the application is dedicated towards educating users about how to prepare for natural disasters. The 'Area Info' section, will allow users to view the likelihood of a natural disaster affecting the area that they live in, which allows them to tailor their preparation. It also includes information about administering emergency first aid, in case they find themselves in an unfortunate situation where it is required. Samaritan also aims to help Australians who are in need, by giving them access to the latest information related to their predicament, as well as an 'At Risk' section, which provides them with tailored information about what they should do, where they need to go, a list of contacts, a power saving mode to conserve battery life, and a panic button. The panic button will broadcast their information and location to emergency services so that they can be found and rescued more effectively and efficiently. Finally, the application aims to help Australians support each other in times of need. We have included a 'Help Out' section within the app, which details where the emergency centres are, how people can help out, what and how they can donate, charities, contacts and an option where they can register as an official volunteer.

Best use of science data on the Queensland Government open data portal
All of the data sourced for the 'Area Info' section, including flood plane and fire hazard information, was sourced from the Queensland Government open data portal. This information is then utilised and manipulated to be displayed on a map of a region of Queensland, focused upon the area where the user searched, and displays the possible disasters that could occur within that area, caluculated from the data.

Disaster preparedness challenge: Help your community get ready for times of emergency & disaster
By having the 'Call for Help' button within the 'At Risk' section of the application, emergency services are able to gain a better understanding of what resources would be required for the rescue, as well as how many people are involved in the situation. By sending the exact location, it will be easier for emergency services to locate the victim, as a location can be far more accurate, particularly out in rural areas or when people are lost. The application also seeks to educate Queenslanders about what risks they could potentially face, and how they should prepare for them. The ' Area Info' section will allow users to find out what disasters are a threat to their area (or any other that they search), which will allow them to tailor their preparation to what they need to know. In the 'Get Informed' section of the app, users are able to browse by disaster type and read relevant information about how to prepare and what to expect. There is also a section for administering emergency first aid, and a list of contacts that they may require in the event of an emergency.

Most start-up potential
If this app is successful, it is guaranteed to be adopted across Australia, once we have access to the data we require for a nation wide launch. This application has the potential for global usage, where countries can tailor the application to what disasters they face, but people could still donate and volunteer on an international stage.

Most innovative use of open data to improve urban settlements
In situations where urban areas are affected by natural disasters, there tends to be a mass panic, and a large stretch of the cities resources. By including the functionality of allowing users to "Call for Help" and send their location and information about their situation to emergency services, resource management and planning becomes much easier. By the use of this app, emergency services are able to see where there are large groups of people in one area, and tailor the rescue accordingly. On the other hand, the application will also make it easier to find individuals who are trapped and difficult to see from the air. With a specific location , emergency services are able to find them more efficiently and easily. This application will also make the coordination of volunteers and the recovery effort more organised. By giving people access to information about how and where they can help, as well as allowing them to register as volunteers, the process runs smoother and the city can recover faster.

Datasets Used: 
Bureau of Meterology - Queensland flood and weather warnings and flood location information - [WARNINGS] [FLOOD] - Storm and hurricane data - - Sentinel hotspot fire data - Australian Bureau of Statistics - Population data by region - [ERP by LGA (ASGS 2014), 2001 to 2014] -

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