Random Hacks of Kindness
On June 4th and 5th, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA, HP and the World Bank, through their initiative Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), will bring together thousands of people in over 18 locations around our planet to create open technology solutions that can save lives and alleviate suffering.
According to the World Bank, Random Hacks of Kindness is a community of innovation focused on developing practical open source solutions to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation challenges.
Events are planned around the globe, including in Hartford, Philadelphia, Seattle and Mountain View (California), Toronto, and elsewhere.
Volunteers in past RHoK events have developed applications that have already been used during disasters. I’m OK, an SMS service that lets people inform their families of their status, was used on the ground during the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile in 2010.
For more information, check out the Random Hacks of Kindness website at www.rhok.org.