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Want to do Tech for Humanity Chicago? RHoK 2.0

Random Hacks of Kindness 2.0 (RHoK), Dec 4/5, 2010.

Chicago is honored to host a main-stage event for Random Hacks of Kindness 2.0 (RHoK), on December 4 – 5, 2010.  This is the first RHoK event in the Midwest, and the 3rd global event.  The event kicks off with a reception (Friday PM, Dec 3) at the Museum of Science and Industry, followed by 2-days of open collaboration hosted at CNA Insurance (generous event sponsor, located in the loop).  It’s a free event, just bring your brain.

Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) is a “community” of developers, geeks and tech-savvy do-gooders around the world, working to develop software solutions that respond to the challenges facing humanity today.  It’s about making the world a better place, and building a community of innovation.  This progressive initiative, founded by Google, Microsoft, World Bank, NASA, and Yahoo!, brings together volunteer hackers, and other tech folks, with experts in disaster risk management, for a weekend-long hacking event to create software solutions that can help mitigate, or respond to, disasters and crisis around the world.  Ultimately, these solutions could, save lives.  RHoK is platform agnostic and encourages the development of open source software solutions.  A RHoK Hackathon event brings together the best and the brightest hackers from around the world, who volunteer their time to solve real-world problems.

Good company: Chicago will be joined in the US by Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. International locations are Toronto, Canada; Aarhus, Denmark; Berlin, Germany; Bangalore, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Nairobi, Kenya; Lusaka, Zambia; Bogotá, Colombia; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Berlin, Germany; Birmingham, UK; Mexico City, Mexico; Lusaka, Zambia; Tel Aviv, Israel; Singapore  .  This is truly a world-wide event, and we hope to have worldwide collaboration.



Calling all Brains

We will need hackers, storytellers, software engineers, programmers, university students, marketers, web content creators, emergency planners, disaster relief specialists, international policy and development students, mobile technology specialists, teachers, librarians, videographers, event planners, organizers, project managers, social media gurus, usability experts, graphic designers, and YOU.   Anybody can help to round out a team and a solution, coding skills not required (but a laptop is usually required).  Creating humanitarian software and solutions in a hackathon is a very special collective collaboration. 

Participants can select from a number of problem definitions created ahead of time (being refined up to day of event), or brainstorm to develop your own.  In true hackathon style, once the problem statements are introduced, the participants self-convene, and you follow your interest:  join a team, start your own, engage in lively discussions, and/or network with others. 

Video screens and online tools like IRC, blogs, wikis and more tools will connect Chicago with the world. You could be collaborating with any of the countries to solve problems and brainstorm. Yes, there is even some healthy competition in store, as teams will compete for prizes.


Register for RHoK Chicago, USA
*You must register, and show legal photo id, for entrance to the reception or main event.

Date: December 3rd, Reception 6:00pm-9:00pm, Museum of Science and Industry.  December 4, 2010: 9:00am – December 5, 2010 6pm.  (ALL NIGHT for any die-hard hackers).
Location: CNA Insurance, 333 S. Wabash, Chicago, 60604

Swag? T-shirts and food will be provided.  And prizes awarded to the best solutions.

Want to Help us by Sponsoring?

We are looking for food and beverage sponsors for the RHOK 2.0 event. We will need food and drinks for 200+ volunteers, for 6 meals total.

Please contact Deborah at deborah.shaddon (at) gmail (dot) com,   @deborahshaddon

Thank you

Thank you to CNA Insurance for providing event hosting:

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Please contact Deborah at deborahshaddon (at) gmail (dot) com,   @deborahshaddon, for local event information.

For RHoK general, and global information, please contact:  Todd Khozein, (505) 264-2348,

Also, follow along on twitter (#RHoK #2, @randomhacks), and you can join the ‘Random Hacks of Kindness’ group on facebook:

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