Grace Rodriguez – Grace helps do-gooders do greater. Whether it’s by helping people solve wicked problems and bring big ideas to life at Station Houston or at TMC Innovation Institute; by raising awareness of critical issues and promising initiatives through The Houston Innovation Summit (THIS), Women In Tech: Houston, and Netsquared Houston; or by connecting thirsty minds with inspiration and education through Writers In The Schools and social media, she is quick to identify needs and mobilize the resources to address and fill them.
Jeff Reichman – Principal at January Advisors where he helps companies assemble, model, analyze and visualize data, as well as consult on data infrastructure and technology policy. During Harvey, Jeff tweeted out the link to a Google Sheet, inviting anyone who knew of someone who needed rescuing in the midst of the flooding to add their location to the map. That spreadsheet was used to create a crowdsourced Google Map quickly adopted by several groups.
Jesse Wolgamott – Master Instructor at the Iron Yard with 20 years of professional software development experience and a passion for modern, evolving software development technologies. As the flood waters rose during Harvey, Jesse registered “harveyneeds.org” and built an API that worked in conjunction with Jeff Reichman’s Google Sheet, enabling people to create filterable maps for shelters, purchase Amazon products and allowing volunteers to collaborate.
Matthew Hager – CEO at Poetic Systems. Formed a group of rednecks with boats and trucks called the Branch Brigade to do boat rescues. Shortly thereafter joined up with others at Station to work on digital efforts. Worked with the team at Poetic to build the website at harveyneeds.org and irmaresponse.org. Now working on a long-term reusable platform called disastersystems.org.
Ted Hawkes – Creative Director at Melaroo and Principal at KW Solar. During Harvey, Ted was involved in vigilante boat rescue operations in and around Cypress Creek. His challenges led him to wireframe an app that would enable the crowdsourcing of rescue efforts. The app is currently in production.