Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Melbourne is a not-for-profit local group that is part of a global movement of hackers who are hacking for good around the world. We invite participants to work together to produce practical open source solutions to development problems related to disaster risk, major crisis (like bushfires, floods and earthquakes), and the challenges of climate change.
RHoK is a global hackathon that takes place twice a year. It was started in 2009 by Google, NASA, Yahoo!, Microsoft and the World Bank, and since then RHoK has been bringing together thousands of people around the world to create open source solutions that can save lives and alleviate suffering. RHoK Melbourne events encourage participants to develop solutions that can be used, in particular, to help people prepare for and respond to natural disasters. Melbourne is again taking part in the next global RHoK event in December this year.
The next global hack weekend will be on December 7-8, 2013. We are currently recruiting new problem owners and hackers, and will had an information session on 12 November. You can view the video recording of the session here. Sign up to our Meetup group to keep up to date with the latest news and events.
If you are ready to signup for the hackathon, please register using this Eventbrite page.
RHoK Melbourne December 2013 will again be held at Swinburne University Hawthorn, in the TD building.
Here's an outline of how the RHOK Melbourne hackathon will run. We keep most of the time for actual development, and the speechifying and admin to a bare minimum. The problems that will be pitched for teams to work on will be added to the "Problems" page as they are ready.
We'll have light snacks, fruit, drinks and the like on hand to keep your blood sugar levels up. There are many great local cafes, restaurants and stores around to grab a more substantial lunch
You can work as late as 2.00am, or head home a little earlier to catch up on some sleep
Here is some information from our last hackathon: