Random Hacks of Kindness is the first weekend of June. As you know, RHoK is a great way for us Techies, volunteers and motivated individuals to contribute back to the world. The event will allow us to get together to find out and to begin to prepare for the weekend. All are welcome on the night. Pizza will be provided on the night.
The event will be on Thursday May 23rd at 18:00 in the Dius Office:DiUS Computing, Level 8
220 George St
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Letting everyone know that this June's 1-2nd RHoK Global June 2013
will be focusing on improving District of Columbia's residences experience with it's government and community.
- Access to District laws
- Access to District Communities
- Access, Access, Access
RHoKDC has heard the call and looking forward to helping others help DC.
Have a problem set for RHoKDC to work on please contact Help Earth Foundation @ Gmail
We started on Saturday with a headcount of 16 people. Both coders and non-coders started brainstorming about two problems presented by Movement Without a Name. A Flemish organisation helping people in need, giving them food, shelter, hope, social contacts, ... MWN will launch a new campaign on the 12th of December. With a website, tv-spots, ads in newspapers, ... and also a Loneliness Test (both accessible on desktop and mobile). The test has been developed based on the work of Martijn Engelbregt:
The group worked on both the projects, but the main focus was to get this finished so it's ready when the campaign launches on 12/12/12. The best way to explain what the app does is to show some screenshots:
An example question[
The 'loneliness profile' you match best with tools ans solutions to help you get rid of that type of loneliness. The profile always matches with a profile of a famous Flemish person. And off course the possibility to share your results on Facebook and/or Twitter.[/caption] While this project was being worked on by several people, other people of the group were working on a game using the proverbs of MWN. The idea was to blur some words in the graphical proverbs and make the user fill it in as quickly as possible. At the moment the project looks like this:
Blurry image, fill in the blurry word.
With this app there are also plans to add a multiplayer mode as well and to convert it to a mobile app.
We also did a few non coding stuff. Marina Cooreman was so kind to translate Bring The Food (created at RHoK Trento) in Dutch! And thanks to Chad Badiyan we were able to submit a data set with all foodbanks in Brussels to be put into a Sheltr instance. I'll update this post as soon as it is live on the internet!
We've been brainstorming with other events as well. We connected with RHoK Trento to talk about extra features in Bring The Food and skyped with RHoK South Hampton to see what they were up to. We were located at the headquarters of De Persgroep, the biggest media company of Belgium so journalism couldn't be missing at our event. Rina from the European Journalism Center was here to follow up on the complete RHoK event (internationally) and see how it feels like to join an event. We might be working together to create some data mining tools to make it easier for smaller media agencies to create quality articles about emergency situation through the usage of IT. So to me it felt like a great RHoK event with an amazing crowd! I'm already looking forward to the next! See you soon!
Accountability : 01/12/2012
- Liferay 6.1, Java 6
- Entities outlined: Donors, Receivers, Enabling Actors, Testimonials
- Database designed to insert information about entities and their relation.
- Liferay Portlet is created in order to insert transaction details for entites. This portlet enables user to select donor, receiver and amount to be inserted into db including the current timestamp.
- Display bi-directional relation between donor and receiver so that we can see the transparency of the transaction.
- Graphics Design
On 1st December the tech enthusiasts, subject matter experts and problem statement sponsors descended upon the Center for Internet and Society in posh neighborhood of Domlur in Bangalore!
It was delayed start, but it began at 9:30 with one single problem pitch by India Hikes group pitching problem to around 10 techies as they spoke few more techies joined in and then Amnesty International Digital Campaign Director pitched his problem of Data representation, as he was talking more techies joined in and GreenPeace representative walked in, so two teams broke out in different rooms with India Hikes and Amnesty and reamining techies spoke with GreenPeace person; after that few more techies joined in, who were trying to figure out what to do; all this while a design expert from Yahoo was waiting to present his problem statement on missing children, so newcomers joined him. All this while HP team was busy with MIFOS project.
Soon we had 5 groups trying to understand the problem statement and tackle it from technology angle. around 2 PM a simple working lunch of burgers, fries & potato wedges was served, which was washed down with lots of pop soda. Then the whole group gathered for morning session recap and quickly went back to their own group for hacking, we could hear frenzy of keystrokes till late in the evening, some teams left for the day, but 2 teams stayed on hoping to code through the night and get a solution to be presented to humanity by Sunday afternoon!
Meanwhile there was a hangout between Dublin group and HP Bangalore group, the uStream was started from Bangalore, but no one else was online that time to see!
Let's see what Sunday brings us!
pictures are on flickr RHoK group.
will post some videos tomorrow!
Signing off for Day 1 from Bangalore!
Today is the day... the 3rd Random Hacks of Kindness Belgium event just started in the very stylish building of De Persgroep near Brussels. T-Shirts distributed, yummy croissants consumed, both sponsored by Contribute4J just to mention, the crew is ready for the opening session. For the first time, we actually have a track for non-hackers – read non-programmers.
Moreover, we welcome a special guest : Anniek from the NGO Bond zonder Naam ("Organisation Without A Name"), presenting 2 exciting, if I may say so, tasks that our hacker teams could solve to help this great organisation to make Belgium a better place to life.
Introduction session finished, all problems we will be working on are defined – a first for us as well :) Let the event begin... with brain storming ... what else ?