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Why You Don’t Need a Mass, Social, or Command Centre Alerting System

It’s generally recognized these days that there are better, more efficient, and more targeted ways to alert and inform dispersed people (colleagues, employees, executives, volunteers, partners, etc.) than with mass email blasts, manual call-trees, or public blog posts. Messages, particularly regarding sensitive or crisis situations, can and should be sent privately, smartly, and to only those to which they’re relevant. …

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Drop the Bullhorn, Pick Up the Phone – A Better Way to Organize Volunteer Relief in a Crisis

On June 24, 2013, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, megaphone in hand, greeted a throng of up to 6000 eager volunteers assembled at McMahon Stadium. All were there to assist, wherever and however they could, in a city and a province reeling from the worst natural disaster ever in its recorded history. Floodwaters had submerged Calgary’s core, including its municipal offices, …

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RallyEngine Wins Two Awards at Launch Party 2013

On the evening of November 22nd hundreds of people gathered at Mac Hall to celebrate Calgary’s burgeoning startup scene. What a night! There were keynotes by Foundry Group VC Brad Feld (via Skype) and former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, as well as a panel discussion on fundraising. There were also two lightning rounds of 3-minute pitches from 10 select startups. RallyEngine was …

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A lesson in herding cats during a storm

A few adages come to mind. Expect the unexpected. Practice what you preach. Drink your own kool-aid. We failed at all three. Our company, RallyEngine, founded last fall, has quietly been developing a powerful and streamlined app-based internal communications tool. It can instantly locate team members and provide critical information to widespread or hard-to-reach people and teams in real-time via …

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It’s time to modernize the call-tree and mobilize crisis communications

The Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent massive manhunt was a stark reminder of how quickly tragic events can unfold and how widespread the damage and disruption can be. Disasters – both natural and manmade – refocus priorities and highlight the systems that governments, companies, organizations, and families have in place to manage them. And like Sandy or Newtown or West, …

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Introducing RallyEngine

Hi, we’re RallyEngine. RallyEngine is a streamlined communications tool for dispersed teams and mobile workforces. Using a versatile web-based dashboard, organizations can communicate quickly, easily, and effectively – with the valuable context of real-time location and specific individual traits – to their people via the smartphones they already carry. Locate. Alert. Connect. Rally. RallyEngine originated as the technology powering CodeSearch, a …