Cruz Roja Tijuana

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Spring 2018 Poster

Check out Cruz Roja's Spring 2018 poster here.

Prospective Students

We encourage people from all kinds of majors like Business, Public Health, Design/Cognitive Science, etc, not just ones in the STEM field, to join us. We are looking for students who can help with researching potential competitors, reaching out to new clients, and applying for grants/competitions/conferences. For those interested in doing more technical work, we will be working with mobile and web technologies: Django, Python, Java, Android Studio.

Mission Statement

The Cruz Roja Tijuana team seeks to help the Tijuana Red Cross make the best use of its capabilities and resources in order to provide the residents of Tijuana with the best possible medical care by providing technologies through software programming.


Presently, the community in Tijuana, Mexico lacks the ability to make efficient use of their limited EMS (emergency medical services) resources. They have only 13 ambulances for almost 2 million people, boiling down to one ambulance for every 150,000 people. Additionally, their dispatching process still involves dated technology such as radios and satellites. As a result, the time it takes for an ambulance to attend to a patient and deliver them to a hospital often can go from 30 minutes up to over an hour. By providing a software interface to allow dispatchers to visualize ambulances in real time, communicate directly with ambulance drivers/hospital employees, and dispatch ambulances more effectively, we can help them optimize resource usage. Thus, we will introduce more reliable health-care services for the millions of citizens in Tijuana, Mexico.

Our software consists of two main components. The first component involves a mobile application for tablets installed in all ambulances within Tijuana. The mobile application will be uesd by EMTs and ambulances drivers to track ambulance location, perform routing, and accept dispatching calls. The second component is a website dispatcher interface. With this tool, dispatchers can visualize the locations of all ambulances on a map, check their status, and dispatch them to areas of emergency. In addition, our software will help Cruz Roja determine the optimal placement of ambulances, compute most effective routes, and analyze the results of the dispatching process.


If our work with the Cruz Roja Red Cross finds success, our project can expand to communities all over the world that face similar struggles.

Quarter Goals

  • Make interacting with the web and mobile apps more intuitive
  • Eliminate bugs in the web app, mobile app, and server backend
  • Thorough testing of the project as a whole


This quarter we have decided not to strictly divide into subteams given the number of people on the team. We have, instead, decided to focus on three main aspects of the project. Members are not required to stick to one area and can help out wherever needed.


The mobile end of the project is working with Android and Android Studio. So far, we have already implemented the primary features of the app like status updates, dispatching, and tracking. We do, however, need to work on bug-fixing, polishing, and other smaller but important updates. At the same time, we are also trying to come up with other ideas that could benefit the users of the app.


Members working on the web app are providing updates to improve its overall usability. Specifically, we are trying to adjust the web app’s ambulance dispatching system so that it is more intuitive to use and has fewer bugs. At the same time, we are cleaning up the calls, ambulances, and hospital pages so important information is much easier to see.


Those on the server end aim to connect the all the other teams work into one server so that the application can run smoothly. This includes receiving dispatch requests from the web app and delivering them to the appropriate mobile devices or ambulances as well as getting updates from the mobile app and sending them to the web app.


Cruz Roja Tijuana aims to assist irrespective of race, economic status, or political creed of every human being whose life and health is at risk, providing efficient care in emergencies and disasters, and to promote the training of Tijuanans.

Team Members

  • Leon Wu (Team Lead)
  • Zhaoyi Li (Client Liason)
  • Albert Sterling Christensen (Financial Chair)
  • Kaung Yang

Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Maurício de Oliveira

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Eric Richards