Calling all Bay Area RHoK members: RHoK global partner HP is seeking teams to help in hacking autism. HP will be hosting a hackathon at their offices in Cupertino on October 11th, 2011. Individuals and teams are welcome to register, and we are particularly seeking participants that can continue to develop their apps beyond the event. People with skills in software development, UI, user experience, project management and quality assurance should feel welcome to come.
Did you know that autism is the fastest growing childhood developmental disease? More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. The prevalence of autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. Hacking Autism is a unique opportunity for volunteers to make an impact on the lives of children.
As HP VP Phil McKinney said on his blog, “Hacking Autism is about leveraging the community to volunteer their time and talent to help create solutions (e.g. software applications) that gives people with autism a voice. It’s a social initiative for advancing and making accessible the technology that can hack away at the challenges people with autism face daily.”
Hacking Autism has gathered over 250 ideas for hackers to work on. A global community of technologists and autism experts has helped whittle down to the 5 best ideas, which will be the focus of the event.