Saturday, June 5, 2010

Random Hacks of Kindness 1.0 from Sydney is going strong!

[reposted from an email moments ago]
Hello from Sydney, Australia!  

We've been busy hacking away for RHOK 1.0 Sydney and we're still going.  RHOK Sydney has people from Christchurch, New Zealand, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Australia, Chicago, USA, Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. One of our special guests is Gavin Treadgold of Sahana Foundation ( Gavin is one of three Emergency Response experts (including Tom Worthington, a professor at the Australian National University and Mauritz van der Vlugt of NGIS) helping developers create with the real world of NGOs and Emergency Response.

It is looking like an all nighter for some of the projects.

We have 6 core groups:
 1. Help Stays - a bed finder for volunteers in disaster regions
2. Task Turks - aggregating tasks for disasters
3. Money Tracker - building a donation
4. People Finder - helping match people with their families during emergencies
5. Bushfire connect - Helping people crowdsource  information in fire struck regions (using Ushahidi)
6. UAV - finding real-time Geo-referenced imagery

Our wiki link with all the docs, github, links to projects and content:

Also check out:
Our Ustream channel :

We've posted some great shots on the flickr account for RHOk.
Pics from #rhok1.0 Sydney are up on Flickr

youtube videos on some of our projects:

Stay Tuned!  We will have more videos and be streaming all night. Also follow our ustream chat, twitter @heatherleson or @rhoksydney for real-time updates. For our partner cities, we will see you  on ooVoo video conference.  We had a nice chat and collaboration with folks from Nairobi about Ushahidi and Bushfire Connect.  Looking forward to more synergies.

Here's to taking it Globally.

RHOK Sydney, hosted by the CIE at the ASB / UNSW

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