Drexel Hosts Random Hacks of Kindness Philadelphia, Dec. 3-4, 2011

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USAID (US Foreign Aid) [External Link], OpenDataPhilly [External Link], Voxeo Labs [External Link] and NASA [External Link] join the group of project leaders and hackers attending Random Hacks of Kindness Philadelphia, one of the many hackathon competitions developing software solutions for global human challenges. It will be held at Drexel University, Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 2011 in University Crossings (3175 JFK Blvd).

Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), which is open to all designers, programmers, hackers and problem solvers, is a competition to create immediately applicable solutions to real world problems. It was founded in 2009 in partnership between Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA and the World Bank. By gathering the brightest hackers and problem-solvers from around the world, RHoK aims to use technology to tackle disaster relief, social development, climate change, and human rights.

RHoK Philadelphia begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Attendees must form teams of two to four people. Groups will choose one of the many social impact problem-definitions available and create the solution by the event’s conclusion. The best project will be featured around the globe.

The event is free and open to the public. Food, Internet, power and logistics are provided. Attendees must bring a laptop. The focus of this event is on software but all participants with a range of skills, technical and non-technical, are welcome. Space is limited. Register here [External Link].

A reception and problem brainstorming session is scheduled to kick-off the hackathon Friday, December 2, 6 p.m. at Indy Hall (20 N. 3rd Street). Attendees will be able to meet others involved with RHoK Philadelphia. The reception will include free beverages and brief talks about RHoK from the organizers and other special guests.

More information about the organization can be found at http://www.rhok.org [External Link]. Contact Michael Brennan at mb553@drexel.edu [External Link] for questions or concerns about the event. Portions of this event will be webcasted. View the video for Saturday’s activities here [External Link] and Sunday’s activities here [External Link].

RHoK Philadelphia is sponsored by Drexel University [External Link], Technically Philly [External Link], Voxeo Labs, Azavea [External Link], Grindcore House [External Link], and Drexel’s Math and Computer Science Society [External Link].

This event will also conclude Drexel’s celebration of National Computer Science Education Week [External Link]. Computer Science is a vital part of society and plays a critical role in education, innovation and economic growth. In 2009, Congress declared a week in December National Computer Science Education Week to honor Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the field (born Dec. 9, 1906). In 2011, the week of December 4-10 is dedicated to recognizing the importance of this transforming industry and encourage interest and participation in the field.

Posted 11/11/11