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Software Developers Helping Charities

Techstination feature for Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Software developers helping charities. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Microsoft has awarded a quarter of a million dollars in prizes to winners in what it calls its Develop Without Borders challenge. Developers around the world were asked to create applications on the Office 2007 system to aid their favorite charities. The grand prize winner was AW Systems….which redesigned a collection of Web sites for Habitat for Humanity. Solien Technology captured a first prize building a communication system for International Medical Corp. Solien President Jeanine Flanders….

"IMC helps out with disaster relief efforts and also just training to needy populations around the world. So, for example, during Katrina, they sent resources down there. They sent doctors, nurses. A big part of what IMC does is delivering resources to the field. That's the main objective. So they want to be able to do that more quickly. And before they had a completely manual process and now this is going to help automate the process. It's going to bring all the information together so the information will be in one place."

IMC was founded more than twenty years ago by volunteer doctors and nurses and is helping to bring medical care and health education to a wide variety of countries from Iraq to Somalia. The winners of Develop Without Borders are diverse. One group in Australia won for assisting a basketball program that requires young people who take part…to take life skills workshops. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.