Konbit is a service that helps communities rebuild themselves after a crisis by indexing the skillsets of local residents, allowing NGOs to find and employ them.

Haitians, their diaspora, and the international community can volunteer their skills via phone, SMS, or web. Skills can then be searched in real-time and location by NGOs such as The American Red Cross, Partners-in-Health, and others.

Konbit is language and medium neutral, where Kreyol voice and text messages may be translated other languages through the Konbit phone, text or web interface.

Built by Greg Elliott and Aaron Zinman at the MIT Media Lab.


Featured in MIT News 2011, Cisco's great write-up, ReadWriteWeb, Huffington Post, Mobile Active - Lessons from Haiti, Center for Future Civic Media interview, Slice of MIT, Public Radio International's (BBC+NPR) The World, Fast Company followup, Post-launch article on ReadWriteWeb, Konbit on MIT Global Challenge Notebook, Konbit on US/ICOMOS, Miami Herald radio story, JustMeans highlights Konbit, Konbit wins first prize at MIT IDEAS Competition, MIT Technology Review, Fast Company, MIT News - Story 2, MIT News - Story 1
Platform Phone / SMS / Web
Company MIT Media Lab
Role All
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