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Bungie Official news: Destiny will release on September 9, 2014

Published by Marie Smith

Bungie has recently revealed an official release date for their upcoming shooter, Destiny - the game will see a worldwide release on September 9, 2014. Additionally, Destiny will be available on the Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, and PS4. Bungie have also told Game informer that the Destiny Beta will take place in the summer of 2014, and players can get themselves an access code by pre-ordering the game today. The beta will be available first on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

 

Here's the News:
"We first shared the design pillars of Destiny less than one year ago," reads an update on the developer's website. “We promised to redefine what players should expect from a Bungie game. We said we wanted to change the way people play games together. We set our bar high. For us, Destiny represents a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"Since then, Destiny has continued to reveal its promise. Every new build brings us closer to our original vision. With those goals in sight, we intend to use every moment from now until the release of the game to ensure that Destiny lives up to your expectations, and our own."

"The early support and enthusiasm for Destiny has been inspiring and humbling," adds Bungie. "We believe this is the right decision for our game, our studio, and our passionate community. Thank you for coming along with us on this adventure."

Destiny takes place hundreds of years in the future. Mankind has been decimated by alien invasions and is now huddled in a single city in Earth. The players are Guardians, elite soldiers who travel into space to fight alien threats to humanity and reclaim Earth's former colonies from their grasp. They can tackle these missions alone or use on-the-fly matchmaking to team up with other players.

At that time, your guys can use new Sony PlayStation4 controllers to play many kinds of video games, including this brand new game Destiny. Are you excited to hear from this great news? I guess you can’t wait to have it now.

If you're a console gamer looking for a silver lining in this late release date, consider how much luckier you are than PC gamers. Bungie previously said that developing a PC version of Destiny would spread them too thin. If they did develop for that platform, it would be after the four console versions are available. In other words, PC gamers probably wouldn't get their hands on the game until 2015. fortbdmilly456 131211

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Announcing RHOK East Africa Overall Winning Team

Published by Arcel Maendeleo

RHoK East Africa happened in 4 East Africa Capitals simultaneously. ATAPS, the top team from Kampala won the Overall East Africa Competition. They Developed a solution called ATAPS (Adherence To Antenatal and Postnatal Services) which is a thrill to follow along as your baby or child grows and see what's new every week which allowed the team to score 74 Points on the Judging Panel followed by TraceUnite from Kenya with 68 Points and HIMS from Tanzania with 54 Points.

pCoders from Rwanda took the 4th Position with 50 Points. ATAPS is a Pregnancy, Baby, and Child Development Calendar. ATAPS can be used to find out what is going on with your baby during your pregnancy and what changes to expect.

Further Information about the solutions shall be published in the Overall Report. A Date will be announced for the winners to collect the presents as well the beginning of discussions on possible sponsorship for the teams that won.

Phoenix: "sleep," one thousand years of quiet simple

Published by Bessie Mandell

 

Shen congwen called the order of the phoenix "border town", but the phoenix frontier, is not just a edge of town, in the long history has been lack of attention. May be because of this, the ancient tower, ancient Ming and qing dynasties,shoppebags the tang dynasty of yellow silk ancient bridge, south of the Great Wall to complete preserved, now become the phoenix of the background and social status.

Walking in the phoenix ancient walls, and touched her vicissitudes of life and peeling, and emotion in the heart, the ear against the wall, it seems, are still can hear the pace of history. Green alley, pale moss covered the walls, which is the water were left on the ground in a miao girl when water mark?

Tuojiang river practice, such as light flow under the wall. There is also the people PengChuan past, but doesn't recall the memory of jiangnan, because the mountains and water here have more natural and earthy flavor. With stray tuojiang river, river diaojiao building,shoppebags.com the halcyon days of the ancient city of watches. You can live in the diaojiao building, low night listening to the tuojiang river, in the underwater sound asleep, until tomorrow morning, the girl HuanYi laughter you wake up from a dream.

More and more people to stay "areas" holiday. They often choose a longer holiday, stopped at a slower pace of strong and lasting appeal, stay safely, in which to relax, in which the body odor, and no longer follows compact line as in the past days. Especially in summer, the hot sun hot, let a person easily anxiety, the most suitable to stay away in a place you like. Guzhen town, is the most popular choice this way of leisure. In a conforms to own taste ancient town, stay for a week,www.shoppebags.com can let the body become relaxed, life become calm.

 

Phoenix: "sleep," one thousand years of quiet simple

Published by Bessie Mandell

 

Shen congwen called the order of the phoenix "border town", but the phoenix frontier, is not just a edge of town, in the long history has been lack of attention. May be because of this, the ancient tower, ancient Ming and qing dynasties,shoppebags the tang dynasty of yellow silk ancient bridge, south of the Great Wall to complete preserved, now become the phoenix of the background and social status.

Walking in the phoenix ancient walls, and touched her vicissitudes of life and peeling, and emotion in the heart, the ear against the wall, it seems, are still can hear the pace of history. Green alley, pale moss covered the walls, which is the water were left on the ground in a miao girl when water mark?

Tuojiang river practice, such as light flow under the wall. There is also the people PengChuan past, but doesn't recall the memory of jiangnan, because the mountains and water here have more natural and earthy flavor. With stray tuojiang river, river diaojiao building,shoppebags.com the halcyon days of the ancient city of watches. You can live in the diaojiao building, low night listening to the tuojiang river, in the underwater sound asleep, until tomorrow morning, the girl HuanYi laughter you wake up from a dream.

More and more people to stay "areas" holiday. They often choose a longer holiday, stopped at a slower pace of strong and lasting appeal, stay safely, in which to relax, in which the body odor, and no longer follows compact line as in the past days. Especially in summer, the hot sun hot, let a person easily anxiety, the most suitable to stay away in a place you like. Guzhen town, is the most popular choice this way of leisure. In a conforms to own taste ancient town, stay for a week,www.shoppebags.com can let the body become relaxed, life become calm.

 

A Hackathon for Good

Published by Thea Aldrich

 

A Special Guest Post by Barrett Holmes Pitner

 

This weekend, August 10-11, coders, hackers, policy experts and journalists will spend 24 hours a hackathon feverishly working together to develop tools and products that will help those living in the most dangerous parts of the world tell their stories.  This is FreedomHack.

 

We have all been to hackathons and witnessed how the combination of energy, enthusiasm, intelligence, creativity and technical expertise consistently results in products that could take months to conceive in a traditional corporate structure.  We understand how removing the monotony of “work” from the equation and replacing it with “fun and passion” can create brilliant results, and this is what we aim to achieve this weekend.

 

When the organizers of FreedomHack conceived the idea it was just a handful of us in room trying to figure out the best way to help these communities and a hackathon clearly rose to the top because of its inventive, spontaneous and fun structure.  

 

From the onset we have always referred to FreedomHack as “a hack for good.”  FreedomHack will allow every participant the opportunity to have fun and work hard over one weekend for the benefit of people who live in embattled communities who desperately need your expertise.

 

This hackathon will focus on developing secure tools and products for those who live in parts of Mexico that have been overrun by cartel violence and human rights related issues.  Citizen reporters and journalists regularly face threats on their lives and at the very least censorship on the vital topics they are reporting.

 

FreedomHack will proved these individuals with the tools and the confidence to get their stories out of their town or village and into the global community.  This can foster the change and awareness necessary to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected.

 

This hackathon has an emphasis on Mexico, but the knowledge and tools developed over the weekend will also be applicable to other war torn and conflict ridden parts of the world.

 

Our keynote speaker Dlshad Othman is a Syrian cyber security expert who was forced to flee his home country in 2011 once the Syrian government learned of his work to develop secure lines of communication for Syrians living through that nation’s bloody civil war.  He understands the importance of creating these lines of communication.  He has risked his life to create them and has continued his work while living in exile.

 

There are global networks of people working hard to empower communities with the necessary resources to improve their worlds.  Some may opt for health and sanitation issues, others may focus on infrastructure, but at the end of the day communication is the bedrock of any lasting improvement.  FreedomHack will help those whose voices currently cannot be heard speak to the world.

 

FreedomHack has been organized by:

Cont3nt.com, a marketplace for freelance and citizen reporting that connects video, photo and print content creators to media organizations.

 

CommunityRED, a nonprofit advocating for free speech, technology activism, and security for vulnerable communities by delivering secure technology solutions for citizen reporters and journalists.

 

Amnesty International, a Nobel Peace prize winning international human rights organization with over 3 million members and supporters worldwide.

 

FreedomHack also has the support of Reporters Without Borders, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, and the Sunlight Foundation.

 

To attend FreedomHack visit our Eventbrite page to sign-up: http://freedomhack.eventbrite.com/.

 

You can also follow FreedomHack on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thefreedomhack and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/freedomhack/

 

Barrett Holmes Pitner

Senior Global Editor, Cont3nt.com

barrett@cont3nt.com

@barrettpitner

 

BlackBerry will be sponsoring one of the prizes

Published by Tawanda Kembo

I have just received confirmation from BlackBerry Africa that they shall be sponsoring one of the prizes... More details to follow later

BlackBerry will be sponsoring one of the prizes

Published by Tawanda Kembo

I have just received confirmation from BlackBerry Africa that they shall be sponsoring one of the prizes... More details to follow later

RHoKing weekend at RHoK Nyeri

Published by antony oroko

This has been one of the most exciting hackathons I’ve ever organised. Hackathons in this region of Kenya are not so common. In fact, the first hackathon was the RHoK Nyeri community event which took place late last year. With the results and feedback of the previous event, the need to have more of these events was evident, and we had to have RHoK Nyeri Global event.

Conquering obstacles on the way, my team and I were so determined to have the participants take on the challenge of addressing real world issues and crafting innovative solutions in less than 48hrs.

With a number of invites in mind from Judges to Mentors and Skype calls in place from interested parties, the hackathon was set to be a “rhoking” weekend.

The participants started trickling in the venue as early as Saturday 7.30am. They included individuals with great passion for innovation and were associated with different local universities and interestingly Peace Corps Volunteers.

The hack weekend started with some schedule and logistic announcements before I gave an introduction of what RHoK was about in addition to some briefings on areas of interest that participants could try to hack over the weekend. Thereafter, the brainstorming session allowed the participants to socialise as well as discuss on their ideas. At the end, eight (8) innovative solutions were proposed and participants, identifying their skills, divided themselves among the 8 solutions. This resulted to eight working groups of a minimum of 6 people with a Project Manager as the lead.

Lunch break was characterized by some nice meals courtesy of our main sponsor, this kept the hackers in-check to their ideas as they thoroughly discussed them over their meals.

Coding session began in which groups worked on their solutions by combining their skills, experience and team work. To ensure, each member was performing to his optimum level we had breaks for snacks and energy drinks and before the evening meals we involved the participants in a trivia which challenged the hackers mentally and logically.

Overnight coding was awesome, with groups determined to keep the midnight oil burning as we ensured they never run dry as lots of coffee was flowing in the room. However, those who couldn’t make it had to catch on some sleep in their working stations – what a team spirit!

During the entire period we had a series of progress report checks by the project managers. This made sure that the challenges faced by each group were addressed earlier.  Commonly, lack of development skills was evident. Therefore, we proposed a skill-trade by the teams, that is, teams could exchange skills for other skills in specified time period. For example, a trade-in between an android developer and a design creative. This synergy allowed the participants to learn more from each other.

By around noon on Sunday, most groups were winding-up on their projects and preparing their presentations. I managed to give some tips on how they should make their presentations. Of interest, also was the skype calls from interested parties like Patrick from Peace Corps. Mentors also had a chance to discuss with each group on their project.

#1TeamiParkAt 2pm after our lunch meals, the Judging session kicked off. Teams were anxious to do their presentations; contrastingly, they were so much interested to show what they have been working on over the weekend. Six (6) teams managed to do their presentations: iPark, Mkulima Digital, Okoa Life, Lipwa Poa, Ticko and Car Parking Locator.

#2TeamLipwaPoaAwesome hacks, fortunately, the judges decided on one hack to be the winner of RHoK Nyeri 2013: iPark which is a car parking space allocation app that allows booking of parking space in real-time. At the prime of its implementation stage, this system will be appropriate in saving local councils from losing money through corrupt officials who do not remit money paid by short-time parking drivers (Project Manager: Dennis Otieno).  

Another innovative hack was Lipwa Poa app which scooped the 1st Runners-up. In Kenya, it is very unfortunate that the farmers are very de-motivated to producing good food crops due to low prices given by agents. Agents buy at the lowest price possible and sell for more than double at the commercial level. This app sought to eliminate the broker by allowing farmers to display the products directly on the supplier’s database where they can get willing buyers to buy at favorable prices. Elimination of brokers is a good thing since it will give higher prices for the farmer and encourage food production. This will improve food security in the country. On the other hand, buyers will get a low price for the produce thus lowering the cost of living in the nation (Project Manager: Jane Duncan).

#3TeamOkoaLifeLastly, we had our 2nd Runners-up, Okoa Life app which is a life-saving SMS application. It will be used by well-wishers and the government to mitigate disaster and effects of catastrophes’ like storms, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. In case of a looming danger, the app will send text messages to all the subscribers in a certain geographical location and thus danger will not catch them off guard. It is a very feasible working system that will prove useful in the achieving of social security in the country if implemented on the ground (Project Manager: Harrison Kimemia).  

Closing the hackathon, hackers and rhokstars were encouraged to pursue their application to fulfilment so as to save humanity and alleviate suffering.

Congratulations to the winning hacks and all participants who donated their time and expertise to develop these amazing applications in less than 48hrs.

Event Summary:

Event Name: RHoK Nyeri Global Event

Date: 1st - 2nd June 2013

Sponsors: Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Random Hacks of Kindness, and Computer Society of Kimathi.

Participants: 60-70 hackers.

Venue: Left wing, New Catering Block, DeKUT, Nyeri, Kenya.

Organizers: Antony Oroko, Nelson Andera, Oscar Oluoch, Mboya Berry, John Kimani, Kenneth Njihia, Carol Njoroge 

Judges: Bahati Schyns, Jane Kuria, Luke Otieno, and Calvin Kebati

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ComputerSocietyOfKimathi Twitter: @csokimathi E-mail: csokimathi@gmail.com

Flickr photostream: www.flickr.com/photos/csokimathi

 

 

Bangalore RHoKed best ever!

Published by Yogesh Londhe

On 31st May evening it rained heaviest ever in recent past, but that did not keep the 40 odd participants from attending the Random Hacks of Kindness Bangalore reception hosted at Center for Internet and Society.

  

The reception started at 7:30 PM with a short introduction to RhoK philosophy and RhoK in Bangalore.

 

First speaker was Jonathan Maim of Minsh.net. Jon spoke about 'user experience first'. He beautifully emphasized how we should focus on user experience as we design and code a new app.

Megha from Karnataka Learning Partnership spoke next about the work of KLP and how they use data visualization to influence choice people/organizations/governing bodies make.

B. Sreekandh popularly known as gnuyoga conducted an interactive session talking about his experience as an Agile coach, all the attendees enjoyed the session and learnt some important things from that.

Pranesh Prakash of Center for Internet and Society was the next speaker, he spoke about avoiding falling into idea of tech-utopia, his speech full of thought provoking examples made everyone think about potential pitfalls in well intentioned tech solutions!

Rohit Bansal, Director of Social Impact of Technology from ThoughtWorks spoke next about 'social impact of technology'.

Arjun Majumdar of IndiaHikes showed some mesmerizing photos of Himalaya and spoke about the magic of mountains! He also mentioned about the problem statement that IndiaHikes is sponsoring 'Green Trails Project'. He spoke earnestly about the pitiful situation of the trails in Himalaya, how they are trashed by the hikers and how some technology solution could encourage everyone to clean it up!

The star attraction of the evening was of course Jacob Appelbaum. He started with simple oral tutorial about TOR went on to talk about OONI and then went on to take questions from the audience. His speech was of course full of technological knowledge, but the audience could feel the attitude and purpose he impersonates in his speech very clearly. He spoke about why they started tor project and the philosophy of tor as free of cost & free to access net without anybody's control.

The keynotes were followed by chatter of socialization over snacks where hackers spoke to the present problem statement sponsors and event sponsors about their vision and got better understanding of the RHoK format of hackathon!


 

Day 1: On 1st June the hackathon started little slow, at 9 AM around 20 hackers had arrived, the number doubled by lunchtime. The hackers formed their own teams based on their interest and expertise. By lunch time we had 7 teams hacking on different problem statements. After lunch there was a short review of progress and then the hacking continued. By dinner time the teams had done sizable amount of work and after the dinner there was another review, where the teams spoke about their progress, all the teams were full of confidence that time! 20 hackers stayed back at CIS to work overnight on their hacks. Most of them did lot of work and collaborated with each other.


 

Day 2:

 After catching up with few minutes of sleep after hard night's work teams stared to work again and by lunch time most of the teams had come very close to completion. After lunch there was one more review and most teams felt confident they were close to finishing, except one team working on 'Missing Children' problem, with little encouragement the team stayed back to continue. At the review some of the technological doubts were resolved and team went back to finish the work. By 5 PM, most of the teams had finished what they planned to do, so we started closing presentations by 5:30 PM. 6 teams out 7 had completed their hacks and 3 problem statement sponsors were present to see what their teams had done, remaining 3 problem statements were presented and taken up by the teams themselves, so all the problem statements sponsors were present at the closing.


 

Problem Statements:


 

Glow Green: This is simulation of traffic situation where Ambulance needs to get priority right of way to be able to reach nearest Hospital in shorted time. Satvik & Akash took up this project and developed a simulation using Google Maps and Java Script. This nice simulation shows how the traffic signals will be controlled for letting the Ambulance pass on priority basis.

The project is completed and can be extended to add other traffic and more number of ambulances.


 

Season Watch: Problem statement presented by Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF). This is a data visualization hack. A data set of 60,000 trees from one state of India was given to this team and the team built and app to visualize the data on various parameters, including Google map visualization of the trees. This app allows users to upload current photos of the trees, data related to the tree like blossom, fruits, types of insects, birds, animals eating leaves/fruits, growth of the tree, etc. It was a lot of work and the team took up all of it enthusiastically, eventually they were able to finish most of the work of data visualization and the representative of NCF was very happy to get the results of the work.

The project is almost completed. The team is mostly students who will be busy with their examinations this month, so they will coordinate with NCF in July and finish the work. Meanwhile NCF may use some of their work in their existing website.


 

Green Trail Project: Problem statement presented by India Hikes. This problem statement was repeated in this RHoK hackathon from last one. One team, mostly students of IIT-Kanpur took this up and started working on it. They worked closely with a representative of India Hikes and they were successful in building the framework and most of the functionality visualized by IndiaHikes.

The project is almost completed and the team has discussed with India Hikes about meeting over next 2 weekends and finishing the work and launch and test it. India Hikes is willing to take the team to Himalaya for a trek to test this project.


 

Non-Profit Accelerator: Saket Bhushan of myshareplex.com brought this problem statement himself and worked on this problem statement alone. This app is online match making app for NGOs and volunteers. The NGOs using this app will be able to post their requirements in terms of volunteers and material. The volunteers will be able to contribute by their time and material. No money donations are managed by this system at this stage. This app is part of a whole NGO management (mini-ERP for NGOs) system developed by Saket <myshareplex.com/np>

This project is finished and will be implemented by Saket very soon.


 

Talking LCD (assistive technology for visually challenged): this problem statement was derived from a problem statement defined by Voice Vision of Mumbai. Mr. Muthu of Enable India took this problem statement and made some changes to it. He eventually decided to make a screen reader for LCD/LED screens that can help visually challenged employees to work with the screens (e.g. Visually challenged gas station attendant). The team planned to work with Raspberry pi hardware to prototype the LCD screen reader for faster and cheaper prototype.

The team was able to finish coding proof of concept and Mr. Muthu plans to take this forward as problem statement owner.


 

Missing Children: Problem statement taken from last RhoK hackathon. The team worked on Windows phone app that will allow the users to take photos of children begging at signals/railway stations. The photos will be uploaded to online photo database (flickr/google/picasa/...) with location and time data. The people searching for missing child will then upload a photo, the app will use facial recognition software on server side and give suggestions matching the photo with location and time, thus helping the search.

This project is almost finished and can be implemented soon. Android / iPhone version need to be developed.


 

Bangalore Green Cover: Problem statement presented and hacked by Chinmayi and team. This team worked on an Android app that will allow users to take photos of trees around Bangalore city. The app will then map the tree on Google map and create a dedicated page for the tree. The user can then keep posting updates about the tree regularly. The aim of this project is to make people fall in love with trees.

The team finished the project and aims to launch this project soon.


 

Frequent traveler miles for bus commuter: Problem statement presented by Emaad, Rachee, Bhuvanesh and hacked by them. They developed an Android app that allows user to take a photo of their local bus ticket, the app will upload it to their profile on the server and give them few credit points based on the distance traveled/value of the ticket. The users can accumulate the points and hopefully some company / local transport authorities will then reward the traveler for the points. The aim is to encourage people to take public transport.

The app is almost ready to be launched.

 

   


 

All the team enjoyed the hackathon and wish to finish their work, so that is can be used and have social impact.

Jacob Appelbaum rocks RHoK Reception

Published by Yogesh Londhe

On 31st May evening 7 PM saw the beginning ofheaviest downpour in the last century in Bangalore, that did not keep the 50 attendees away from Center for Internet to be part of the RHoK reception.

The RHoK reception started with brief introduction to RHoK philosophy, which was followed by high power keynote speeches:

First speaker was Jonathan Maim of Minsh.net. Jon spoke about 'user experience first'. He beautifully emphasized how we should focus on user experience as we design and code a new app.

Megha from Karnataka Learning Partnership spoke next about the work of KLP and how they use data visualization to influence choice people/organizations/governing bodies make.

B. Sreekandh popularly known as gnuyoga conducted an interactive session talking about his experience as an Agile coach, all the attendees enjoyed the session and learnt some important things from that.

Pranesh Prakash of Center for Internet and Society was the next speaker, he spoke about avoiding falling into idea of tech-utopia, his speech full of thought provoking examples made everyone think about potential pitfalls in well intentioned tech solutions!

Rohit Bansal, Director of Social Impact of Technology from ThoughtWorks spoke next about 'social impact of technology'.

Arjun Majumdar of IndiaHikes showed some mesmerizing photos of Himalaya and spoke about the magic of mountains! He also mentioned about the problem statement that IndiaHikes is sponsoring 'Green Trails Project'. He spoke earnestly about the pitiful situation of the trails in Himalaya, how they are trashed by the hikers and how some technology solution could encourage everyone to clean it up!

The star attraction of the evening was of course Jacob Appelbaum. He started with simple oral tutorial about TOR went on to talk about OONI and then went on to take questions from the audience. His speech was of course full of technological knowledge, but the audience could feel the attitude and purpose he impersonates in his speech very clearly. He spoke about why they started tor project and the philosophy of tor as free of cost & free to access net without anybody's control.

The keynotes were followed by chatter of socialization over snacks where hackers spoke to the present problem statement sponsors and event sponsors about their vision and got better understanding of the RHoK format of hackathon!

 

photos at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/110187231251460849541/albums/5884486535285510705/5884486599352072738?pid=5884486599352072738&oid=110187231251460849541

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