Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Random Hacks of Kindness #2 - Come hack for humanity!

On the weekend of December 4 and 5, hackers will gather in cities around the globe to create software solutions that make a difference.

Google, Microsoft, The World Bank and Yahoo! are inviting software developers, independent hackers and students to participate in Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK #2) next weekend.

RHoK brings together volunteer programmers and experts in disaster response for a two-day hackathon to create software solutions that focus on problems related to disaster risk and response. It is an opportunity to meet and work with top software developers and disaster experts, to create and improve open source applications that enable communities to recover from disasters, and to possibly win prizes.

Examples of previous hacks include the “I’m OK” app from RHoK #0 in November 2009, which was used during the response to recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, and the landslide prediction tool “Chasm,” winner of RHoK #1 in June 2010.

RHOK will be held simultaneously in many locations around the world. The five main stages will be in Chicago, Sao Paolo, Aarhus, Nairobi and Bangalore; and there will be over a dozen satellite events in other global cities. To find a location near you, see the latest list on the RHoK website.

Join us on December 4th and 5th, and visit www.rhok.org for more information.


  1. I wanted to join this. But, unfortunately, this year too, I can't join.

  2. I would like to know if any of you can help me. I've made themes to customize the layout orkut. Only after it launched the new website layout codes change all the time. Thus the themes stop working because they depend on the names of certain large areas of the site. such as the header, navbar, etc ... now they are codes such as GGRPUC5CF3C or GGRPUC5CGYB

    You'd know any way around this without having to change all the codes, one by one, every time they change their orkut codes? would know if there any other way qeu operate independent of these new names that are given areas of the site? thank you for any help.

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  4. [sorry off-topic] I want to edit my search results again!! why did you guys take that away?!?! if i get an irrelevant result at number one or number two, I want to make it go poof like I used to!! I want to comment on results!!

    what's the latest on the development block as far as these kinds of features coming back sometime soon?

  5. Flier for the RHoK Bangalore edition at http://goo.gl/00P6x , Its happening at Google India Cafeteria .

  6. why this contest is not open to other countrys?
    In Costa Rica there are good ideas and developers... and we're so far from mexico or argentina...

  7. how does this have anything to do with hacking??