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A crisis camp is a BarCamp gathering of IT professionals, software developers, and computer programmers to aid in the relief efforts of a major crisis such as those caused by earthquakes, floods, or hurricanes. Projects that crisis camps often work on include setting up social networks for people to locate missing friends and relatives, creating maps of affected areas, and creating inventories of needed items such as food and clothing.

Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, many crisis camps were set up around the world, often under the name "Crisis Camp Haiti", to help with the relief effort.[1] Due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the Crisis Commons volunteer community was mobilized and part of the effort is being coordinated by Japanese students at U.S. universities.[2]


  1. ^ "Crisis Camp Haiti: Techno-types volunteer their computer skills to aid quake victims". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 20, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "Japanese Engineers Struggle With Several Damaged Nuclear Reactors". Voice of America. Retrieved March 14, 2010.

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