Sound interesting? Here’s how you can become a part of it: Attend the Random Hacks of Kindness (www.rhok.org) Hackathon and develop software that saves lives, alleviates suffering and helps communities to recover after natural disasters strike.
The Back Story
Random Hacks of Kindness is a joint effort founded by Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, NASA and The World Bank, dedicated to bringing software developers together to respond to challenges facing humanity in the area of natural disaster risk. We start with problem definitions created through consultations with NGOs, governments and experts in the field from around the world, then we invite hackers to a come together to organize and go to work putting their skills to use to solve those problems with software solutions that make a difference on the ground. At a RHoK hackathon, new technologies are born, existing platforms are built upon, and innovative new ideas attract attention and support. At the close of the hackathon, teams present the technologies they have developed and prizes are awarded.
This Random Hacks of Kindness Hackathon is happening in Nairobi from June 4th through 6th, with global satellite events going on around the world in Jakarta, Sydney, Sao Paolo and Washington, DC. Check out the full agenda or learn more about the global satellites right here.
Why Do This?
* Save the world: You have the skills to make a difference. Hacks developed at the last RHoK hackathon were used on the ground in Haiti and Chile following the devastating earthquakes there in early 2010. The world needs these solutions…the world needs you
* Exposure: Got a new product, idea or technology to share with the hacker community? Put it to work at the hackathon.
* Assistance: Extend the function and applicability of your existing products or software through global crowdsourced development.
* Input: Get real-time feedback from Subject Matter Experts in software and disaster risk.
The iHub (http://www.ihub.co.ke/)
4th floor of the Bishop Magua Centre
Ngong Road (directly opposite the Uchumi Hyper) Nairobi
Hope they have fixed the darn elevator
Event Leads and Local Partners
Jessica Colaco from iHub
Linda Kamau from Ushahidi
Saturday June 5, 2010
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Registration & Breakfast
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Schedule and logistics announcements
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Subject Matter Expert briefing
10:30 AM Begin coding
12:30 PM – 1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM Coding Continued
4:30PM Intermediate progress briefing (optional) Continue Coding
6:30 PM – 8:00PM Dinner
8:00 PM More coding
Sunday June 6, 2010
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Logistics briefing + SME updates
9:15 AM Begin coding
12:30 PM – 1:30PM Lunch
1:30 PM Submission Deadline
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Presentations
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Judges Voting
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Awards
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Post event social
To get involved in organizing RHoK #1 Nairobi, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org