Team LIVE win #Floodhack

Robert Berry January 18, 2016 Hackathons, Open source, Conference

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Congratulations are in order for Team LIVE (Logistics and Infrastructure for Visual Evaluation) who took first place at this year’s #Floodhack at the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). The team, which included 3 members from JBA Software, won the judges’ approval with their data manipulation tool to inform emergency response using GloFAS outputs.

GloFAS provides organisations, such as the Red Cross with crucial information on where extreme flooding could take place up to two weeks in advance.

The hackathon took place on the 16th and 17th January, at Shinfield Park, Reading and is supported by Copernicus Emergency Management – Early warning systems.

Team LIVE’s tool uses GloFAS forecast information to generate a ‘Time to respond’ map that helps decision making before and during a flood emergency. This provides key statistics which could help resource allocation and future planning, including plotting of flood probability for up to 30 days.

The team consists of six members:

  • Paul Barnard, Python software developer at JBA Software
  • Albert Chen, Senior research fellow at University of Exeter on hydraulic modelling and risk assessment
  • Sam Griffiths, Python Developer for JBA Software
  • Laura Ludwinski, Software developer for JBA Software
  • Li-Pen Wang, Postdoc researcher at KU Leuven
  • Peter Watson, Postdoc at Oxford University

The team was judged by several judges, including Ben Ward, Founder of Flood Network and Simon Hodgkinson, founder and CEO of Smart Earth Network.

Team Interception, which included Sabira Gulamali-Damji, took 3rd place with the hackers’ favourite solution for an interactive platform to educate people during and after a flood.

For information on the this story, contact Robert Berry on 01756 699500.