Posts / January 19, 2010

Helping Haiti Earthquake Victims

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, killing over 200,000 people and leaving the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince in ruins. The damage this disaster has caused is still unmeasurable as friends and families around the globe try to contact loved ones while thousands of others continue searching for ways to help.

The Extraordinaries have created a support page to harness the power of the crowd to help locate and identify missing persons with just a few minutes of your time.

You can help! Visit the The Extraordinaries’ Haiti Earthquake Support Center and use your spare moments to help Haiti earthquake victims.

The Image Tagger — Sort through news photos coming out of Haiti and categorize (tag) them with keywords like “adult, child, alive, deceased.”

The Matcher — We’ve engineered a system that matches faces of missing people to faces in photos coming from Haiti. The goal is to help desperate families find their loved ones.

The Search Engine — As volunteers tag images, they are fed into the Extras’ “search engine”. This system allows families to search through images taken post-earthquake in Haiti, and specify certain characteristics.