Tech Fighting the Wildfires

Innovations that help the community

Technology Fighting the Wildfires (Tech FTW) was an innovation competition hosted by the KIT Community and the All for One Movement on August 5-7, 2016 to develop the best technology tool to help with wildfire response and disaster relief in Kern County that would respond to specific needs of the affected communities and those trying to help them.

The Erskine and Deer fires recently have greatly affected our communities and caused many residents to suddenly find themselves without a home and in need of help. This competition was open to all professions and experience levels; the only requirement was compassion. Teams were formed at the event Friday night and worked out innovations throughout the weekend. MESH Cowork was available for teams to work.

Teams were judged on how well the technology tool fit a community need and how well the prototype for the technology tool was built.

THEMES: wildfire response, victim assistance, disaster relief

PRIZE: The winning team, Beacon, won a trophy and cash prize.

This event was sponsored by these local businesses and organizations: KIT Community, the All for One Movement, Mershon Enterprises, ARRC Technology, MESH Cowork, KERN 1180, KGFM 101.5, iSafety Pro, Community Action Partnership Kern, Union Station Deli, Bakersfield Blaze, Creative Cowork, Ponce de Leon Enterprises, Mantis Energy Drink, and IDI-Tech.

For more information on how you can help those affected by the Erskine Fire, please visit the All for One Movement Organization website at All paid ticket proceeds went towards food, refreshments, and organization. The other half of raffle proceeds went to the All For One Movement to aid in their efforts to help victims of the Erskine Fire.

About the KIT Community

Supporting and Promoting Innovation in Kern County

KIT Community is a local community organization building a tech community in Kern County. We are the Bakersfield Sound of technology creating opportunity through innovation. It was started in February 2016 in Bakersfield by entrepreneur Alyssa Haerle, who dreamed the dream of all the tech entrepreneurs in town...that some day our tech ecosystem would be thriving and able to provide opportunities for local talent who otherwise leave.

This community supports and promote innovation and technology in Kern County in a movement led by entrepreneurs. We will build an active, prosperous tech and innovation community in Kern County. We will also develop a trained and experienced core of technology talent in Kern County that can stay and thrive.

If you agree, follow the fox to a future where Kern County comes to mean innovation and promise to anyone who asks.

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