Risk Zones app praised for its ease-of-use

Tatu Blomqvist
Tatu Blomqvist
Tatu Blomqvist
Tatu Blomqvist

The Finnish Red Cross’s new app for tablet devices drew an interested crowd at the World Village Festival in Helsinki in late May 2014. The Risk Zones app offers information about development cooperation and disaster relief.

World Village Festival
  • During the weekend 24-25 May 80 000 people visited World Village Festival in Helsinki
  • World Village Festival is one of the biggest festivals and the biggest multicultural, development cooperation and NGO event in Finland.
  • The next festival will be held 30-31 May 2015.

The Helsingin Kaisaniemen puistossa ja Rautatientorilla lauantaina 24.5. kello 11–20 ja sunnuntaina 25.5. kello 11–18.

Helsingin Kaisaniemen puistossa ja Rautatientorilla lauantaina 24.5. kello 11–20 ja sunnuntaina 25.5. kello 11–18. - See more at: http://www.punainenristi.fi/uutiset/20140523/sovellus-opettaa-syista-ja-...

Helsingin Kaisaniemen puistossa ja Rautatientorilla lauantaina 24.5. kello 11–20 ja sunnuntaina 25.5. kello 11–18. - See more at: http://www.punainenristi.fi/uutiset/20140523/sovellus-opettaa-syista-ja-...

The sun shone on the thousands of visitors to the World Village Festival in central Helsinki. Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square were filled with the tents and booths of the many NGOs that took part in the festival. Various ethnic food stalls and the international flavour of the music performances added to the feeling that the world was indeed a village in Helsinki.

The big Finnish Red Cross tent was at the Mikonkatu side of Railway Square. The major theme for the day was to present the FRC’s brand new tablet app to the general public. The app allows users to learn about eight different risks and where they are likely to occur on the globe. The risks covered are earthquake, drought, flood, typhoon, conflict, HIV and AIDS, malaria, and cholera.

The Risk Zones app is part of the Red Cross campaign, To prevent the worst from happening, which aims to identify and prevent disasters before they occur.

Informative and moving

The visual approach of the app, with its many photographs, gives users a real sense of the dangers, and causes people to really think about the risks involved.

‘The app was informative but also touching. There was a good relationship between the text and the images. The thing I remember best was the explanation about mosquitoes and the spread of malaria,’ says Tuomas, who had a go with the app in the FRC tent.

The thing most first-time users recognised was how easy the app is to use.

‘A crisp and clear app which shows you where the risks occur in the world. It really brings home the fact that a number of risk factors often converge in the same area,’ says Elina.

‘I appreciate that all the information is in Finnish,’ says Sami, after his visit to the tent.

In addition to Finnish, the app is also available in Swedish and English. There is a lot of information in the app, so grasping all of the material during a festival visit would be impossible.

‘It looks really polished. I’m sure I could pass some time with it. I’ve got a tablet device at home and I can see myself downloading it,’ says Laura.

More information about the application and the World Village Festival.

Download the Risk Zonesapp here.

Text: Verneri Ruohoranta