Teens Taking to Twitter to Predict & Prepare for Flu Outbreaks

NotImpossibleNow visited Intel's massive international science fair competition - ISEF - to check out young minds with innovative solutions to helping humans react and respond to setbacks better/faster/stronger! Luke Farrell & Sarah Jacobs are two teens who believe there's utility in Twitter to identify flu outbreaks, and to help governments respond more quickly when disaster strikes.
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NotImpossibleNow visited Intel's massive international science fair competition - ISEF - to check out young minds with innovative solutions to helping humans react and respond to setbacks better/faster/stronger! Luke Farrell & Sarah Jacobs are two teens who believe there's utility in Twitter to identify flu outbreaks, and to help governments respond more quickly when disaster strikes.

By utilizing Twitter to source conversations trending on natural disasters and flu outbreaks, teens Luke Farrell & Sarah Jacobs believe the government can stay ahead of the game, plan for distribution of vaccines and services, and develop a better rapport with the communities in crisis. 

Finalists at Intel's ISEF fair in Los Angeles, Luke and Sarah's report considered that as social media is providing a faster loop of communication than scientists are able to track, why not go straight to the source and have governments receive their communications directly from the communities. How? By paying attention to the starting and spreading of flu outbreaks and other issues on sites like Twitter.

Using news feed technology for good? Sounds like another Not Impossible moment.