Case Study Overview

Immediately after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, we hosted a hackathon in Toronto and New York City. Bringing in the best minds from General Assembly, Samsung, New York City Office Of Emergency Management, School of Visual Arts, R/GA and more, we created technologies to help build a more resilient Philippines that can better withstand man-made and natural disasters.

  • Product Development & Incubation
  • Drag & Drop Builder Go-To Market Strategy for the Philippines


Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013 leaving over 6,000 casualties and millions more displaced across the Visayas region, desperately lacking access to shelter, food, electricity, and medicine. We knew we had to do something. Through our NextDayBetter Hackathon + Design Challenge, we challenged all hackers, designers and strategists from the NextDayBetter community to create innovative technological solutions that could help build a more resilient Philippines.


Hackathon Winner: LDLN (Landline)

LDLN invented a low-cost, off-the-grid communications network designed to help disaster relief works relay field data without the need for cell, satellite, or internet connection. LDLN went on to participate in the White House’s Civic Hardware Hackathon for Disaster Preparedness in support of the Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative. Their technology was featured in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology blog here. Learn more about LDLN’s work at ldln.co.