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Gorman students tap entrepreneurial spirit to develop disaster relief idea

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Gorman students tap entrepreneurial spirit to develop disaster relief idea. Commentary by Debbie Lewis, ADXP. Asteroid Day

The team that devised Disaster Mesh, third-place winner in Verizon‘s 2015 Powerful Answers Award contest, are seen in summer 2015. From left are Margaux Giles, Karla Dana and Katelyn Dunn. Dunn, the only Las Vegas resident of the three, is senior class president at Bishop Gorman High School.

The following article appeared in Review Journal on January 22, 2016. Written by Jan Hogan.

Excerpt: More than 1,400 student entrepreneurs set out to develop ideas that would have a global impact in a summer program held last year. This year, the ideas generated by those young entrepreneurs were judged by Verizon’s 2015 Powerful Answers Award contest. Katelyn Dunn, senior class president at Bishop Gorman High School, and her two peers, Margaux Giles and Karla Dana, took third place for their concept, Disaster Mesh, an air-deployable, wireless mesh network created for disaster relief. Read the full article, here.


Commentary by Debbie Lewis, Asteroid Day Expert Panel (ADXP):

There is real merit in this initiative in order to enhance the provision of humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of natural disasters, including of course asteroid impact events.

With the aid of this technological development it will be significantly more effective to use to identify the numbers of survivors, pinpoint their exact location and assess the extent of the injuries that have been sustained and in determining triage.  This will enable disaster relief organisations such as FEMA and the American Red Cross to direct resources to assist those most in need of medical assistance and aid.

We wish Katelyn Dunn, Margaux Giles and Karla Dana all the very best as they move forward with the design and development of this much needed and valuable resource and look forward to it progressing into a practicable product for use in all natural disasters.

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