This year we are excited to introduce our first sustainability partners, Geeks Without Bounds and Benetech. Each of these organizations will be picking a handful of promising RHoK projects to mentor and incubate over the next six months.
Submitting Your Solution For Consideration:
- Deadline: June 10th
- A five-minute video detailing their project, their team, and why they believe they would benefit most from Benetech or Geeks Without Bounds Acceleration.
- Code and related work available publicly and with an open source license.
- Solution page created and complete on RHoK.org.
- Submission Forms:
What you get: Geeks Without Bounds Accelerator Prototype
- Three Projects + One Backup (Topic Area: Humanitarian Projects)
- Six Months of Mentorship
- July & August: Responsibility & Relevance. Kate Chapman (OpenStreetMaps), Sara Farmer (formerly of Global Pulse).
- August & September: Data Retention & Privacy, Technical Execution. Eva Galperin (EFF), Riley Eller (Ghetto Hackers).
- October: Business development, legal framework, funding sources. Kav Latiolais (Startup Weekend facilitator and partner at LIFFFT), John Higgins (Tropo), Joshua Furman (Furman Law).
- November: Funding, venture capital, sponsorships, grants. John Higgins.
- Ongoing visibility and relationship building through GWoB.
- Future iterations of the GWoB incubator (and potentially later in this round) will include project management, accounting assistance, grant writing guidance, and scenario testing.
What you get: SocialCoding4Good and Benetech Pilot
- One to Three Projects focused on our Key Issue Areas of Data Applications for Human Rights or Accessibility in Education: Supporting Students with Disabilities (though other projects may be invited to apply)
- Six Months of Mentorship
- Technical development leadership and project maintenance.
- Mentoring on application and organizational sustainability.
- Information on, and appropriate introductions to, organizations which could eventually fund, acquire, or otherwise sponsor the project.
- For projects in Key Topic Areas, the prospect of working and deploying with a team whose applications are already in use by more than 200,000 people worldwide.
- Ongoing visibility and community building through SocialCoding4Good and its Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software and Corporate Social Responsibility Partners.
At the end of both of these partnerships, each team will submit a final 10 minute video of their experience working with a RHoK Sustainability Partner and their project pitch. These videos will be aired Friday night before the December RHoK - inspiring the incoming hackers and gaining exposure to even more potential customers, hirees of Subject Matter Experts, potential investors.