Every time there was a disaster, we stood up with whatever we had. Back in August 2008, we just had a hashtag that went effectively viral and now we have a Complete Disaster Response System that has been deployed to 60+ Local Governments in Nepal.
I’ll start with some Team Chat:
One night, around 2:30AM, I ask ‘still not slept Shahel?’ He says, no sir I think I have found the logic now. Then I poke Sushant and he says ‘such an interesting project after so long dai, I’m liking the switch and I don’t feel like sleeping.’
Shristi and Sanjay, our Mobile Masters have been mass producing Mobile Applications. This might sound woo??
They lead the team of 7. Once assigned, its just a few moments I talk to them for collaboration. As of today while I write this up, they’re producing 10-12 Mobile Applications a day!
If you are wondering what we did this time:
- We made and updated Authentic COVID-19 modules to 15 Government Applications,
- We built a Nepali Language Covid19 Bot – Botu,
- We developed a full fledged Backend Application System with Live Tracking, Quarantine/Isolation Management, Communication Automation and Contact Tracing,
- We handed over the Integrated Systems to 61+ Local Governments (as of April 18, 2020), Free!
- We’re developing more..
A Government should have done all these..?
As a state, we are yet away from some development. It’s our duty to give, as much it is our duty to earn money via profession. As per SmartPalika‘s vision we Researched, Developed and Handed over the System for Free to 61+ Municipalities, Metropolitan Cities, etc. We’re glad to have committed the whole month of lockdown into giving for the nation.
Bibash leads the Offline Outreach and Campaigns. He gets 100+ calls a day and those all to be bridged to respective departments. If that was not a motivation, that’d certainly be a another disaster. Akshun leads Digital Outreach along with his team. His part of dedication keeps us all motivated even when its time to sleep :p
I’ll introduce you to one fine guy Nischal. Every-other in the team pokes him 10s-20s of times a day as he leads the Creatives. I once joked, you’ve become more demanding than me, Cheers!
Pravin, the finest in terms of supporting me with my Application/Server related researches. He’s an aspiring Cloud Architect and the one who gets to hold a lot of my pressure everyday. Sometimes I feel bad for him and then I get a hint of his future, so I carry on, haha.
Rajananda Jee looks after our relationship with clients. These days, I am not very frequent to communicate with him as both of his phones throw engaged tones almost every-time I call him. He’s become a busy man communicating our efforts on the market.
Cheers to Everyone!
How did it start? What made us so? Is disaster our domain?
It was around 2007, I personally understood the value of Volunteering. I used to be in a closed circle, did not like to open up unless there was a challenge. Amazingly, when I started volunteering, my motorbike started standing calm in red light signal. Evening at home I’d collect a bunch of wrappers from my pockets, those could land on street and so on.
I realized that I was being responsible. Post that, I might have enforced my teams into it, at times when I felt the need. Volunteering is for both – Giving and Enhancing your own Quality.
Later on be it #NepalEarthQuake #TeraiFlood #KerelaFlood #HurricaneIrma #HurricaneMaria and so on.. we had our tools delivered and results those would sooth you from inside. As I realize today, little things we did has brought us to the position where we can confidently lead #DisasterResponse.
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