The inspiration of Help Hookup is actually a comic book called Global Frequency by Warren Ellis. It was also made into a TV show that never aired. I understand that it is available on BitTorrent.
Global Frequency was a network of 1,001 people that handled the jobs that the governments did not have the will to handle. I thought that it was a great idea and it would be more powerful with 1,000,001 people or 100,000,001 people. We would have to leave out the killing that was in the comic.
Typhoons, earthquakes, and improperly funded education could all be handled. If there is a disaster, doctors could volunteer. Airlines could provide tickets. Corporations could provide supples. Trucking companies could provide transportation. Etc. State a need, meet the need. No overhead. No waste.
Currently, people raise money for disasters and have no real idea of how it will be spent. People send food and it rots on a loading dock. There are needs in our own backyards but no central place to find the needs.
I had the idea of Help Hookup in the back of my mind for several months. The software would be easy to write. It would have taken more than 1 weekend but how would I get graphics, PR, bizdev, etc? Then, I heard about Startup Weekend. I went to this great gathering of over 100 people with the unspoken purpose of convincing them to make my idea come true. 🙂
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