What is Random Hacks of Kindness?
Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) is a global movement that connects developers from around the world with local non-profit organizations to help solve technological challenges. This year, PeaceGeeks is excited to host the first RHoK event in Vancouver, presented by EMC.
The Vancouver event will open the evening of November 30th with a reception and project presentation. This will be followed by a two-day hackathon on Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2. We expect to have between 80 and 100 developers, designers and project participants helping on up to 10 different projects that help to solve technology and communications challenges for non-profit organization both in Vancouver and around the world.
What makes it global?
The Vancouver event will occur in tandem with events in over 20 cities around the world with more than 1000 participants working on different projects.
Who should participate in RHoK?
You should participate in RHoK Vancouver if you are passionate about using technology to help solve real world problems and if you have the following skills:
- developer/ programmer (games, websites, software, mobile apps, etc.)
- designer (web, games, apps, user interface, user experience expert, etc.)
- project analysts (project managers, quality assurance testers, process mappers, etc.)
- communications experts (copy writers, social media gurus, etc.)
- other skills that might help to create awesome projects
How it will work?
- Project submissions: Starting in November, the RHoK Vancouver team recruited potential projects for the event on December. A projects team worked with partners to clearly define and refine both the problem and potential solution.
- Project presentations: On Friday November 30, participants will be invited to the opening event reception. During the reception, representatives from up to 10 non-profit organizations will present their organization, problem and proposed project to participants. Following the presentations, participants will decide which project they will work on over the course of the weekend.
- Project execution: On Saturday and Sunday (December 1st and 2nd), participants will work on the project they have chosen until 5pm on Sunday evening. We will then give each team 5 minutes to present their project to the group. A panel of judges will award prizes to the top 3 teams.
What projects have been accepted for RHoK Vancouver?
Participants will have the opportunity to sign up to projects supporting PeaceGeek partners as well as projects for local non-profit organizations in Vancouver, BC and Canada. The following projects have been accepted for this RHoK:
PeaceGeek Projects/ Partners
HarassMap: Website & harassment reporting app (PeaceGeeks) -http://www.rhok.org/problems/harassmap-app-challenging-social-acceptability-sexual-harassment-egypt
Isis International: Activist School site/ Women Peacebuilders Platform (PeaceGeeks) -http://www.rhok.org/problems/isis-international-activist-school
Hive Vancouver: Website & resource management app (PeaceGeeks) -http://www.rhok.org/problems/hive-vancouver-better-tracking-resources-pe...
Canada without Poverty: Document Library - http://www.rhok.org/problems/canada-without-poverty-document-library
Transformation Projects: Open Vancouver - http://www.rhok.org/problems/transformation-projects-openvancouver-rhok-vancouver
Five Hole for Food: App for supporting food banks - http://www.rhok.org/problems/five-hole-food-mobile-app-helping-food-banks
Sum of us/ WCWC: mobile Enbridge tanker game - http://www.rhok.org/problems/western-canada-wilderness-commission-sum-us
NextGenU.org: Learning module interface & database - http://www.rhok.org/problems/nextgenuorg-rhok-vancouver
Who are our event sponsors (so far)?
We are very grateful to the following sponsors for helping us to make this event possible:
Global RHoKstar -- Title Sponsor: EMC
RHoKstar Extraordinaire: Informatica
RHoK & Roller: GrowLab (Venue Sponsor)