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A New Model of Hackathon at #Haxpo

A New Model of Hackathon at #Haxpo

May 29, 2015

A little over two weeks ago, I headed for Tanzania with a bit of stress in my head. Hack In The Box, and our RHoKSec hackathon, were fast approaching and we only had a single sign up on the Eventbrite. It’s a little hard to run a hackathon with just one participant and two organizers. […]

Design A Jungle Network at RHoKSec this Thurs & Fri in Amsterdam

May 26, 2015

An indigenous community in Ecuador would like to build a wireless network that will cover a million acres of land in the Amazon. We’re going to use this to run a Taarifa instance to track pollution and illegal encroachment in their area. There are some challenges, though. Hardwood trees block radio signals. There are no […]

Hacking on Pidgin at RHoKSec at Haxpo on 28-29 May!

Hacking on Pidgin at RHoKSec at Haxpo on 28-29 May!

May 24, 2015

Pidgin, a wonder and versatile Instant Messaging client that anyone can use allows for connecting to a wide-variety of popular chat networks, such as AIM, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, XMPP, Facebook, Google Hangouts, iMessages, etc. A very interesting feature that IM clients, such as MSN Messenger, back in the day, lacked was end-to-end encryption, something that […]

Build Secure Firefox OS Apps at RHoKSec in Amsterdam

Build Secure Firefox OS Apps at RHoKSec in Amsterdam

May 18, 2015

FirefoxOS is the mobile device operating system from Mozilla. The system is fully open source and free as in Liberty unlike Android which is open in theory, but actually fairly locked down in practice. Mozilla markets their phone most heavily to people in low resource countries and to the poor, including migrants, in high resource […]

Random Hacks of Kindness Security at HAXPO

May 15, 2015

We’re just two weeks away from the Random Hacks of Kindness Security (RHoKSec) hackathon at Hack In The Box/HAXPO! Join us in building, testing, and improving open source humanitarian projects. Testing Taarifa civic infrastructure reporting tools for vulnerabilities. This software is already being used to manage municipal water systems and other civic infrastructure in Tanzania. […]

Our best wishes to Willow Bl00!

Feb 23, 2015

One of my favorite parts of being a part of an organization has come again: the off boarding. Many might be anxious about such a time, but I see it as the glorious moment of truth where you trust that what you have helped to nurture and build is bigger than you are. Geeks Without […]

Open Call for Round 1 of the 2015 Accelerator Projects!

Feb 5, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the first round of the 2015 Accelerator for Humanitarian Projects is now open for project submissions! The Geeks Without Bounds accelerator program is six months of mentorship to take your humanitarian Open Source project from the prototyping stage to toward deployment. We’ll help you figure out your legal container, […]

International SpaceApps Challenge 2015

Feb 4, 2015

It’s that time of year again! Geeks Without Bounds will be hosting two iterations of NASA’s International SpaceApps Challenge (ISAC) this year. Join 9000+ participants around the globe to hack on data, hardware, software, and educational resources. This year’s ISAC will take place the weekend of April 11th – 12th, 2015. We’re spanning the U.S. […]

Friday Challenge: Civic Data & Analyzing Oil Contracts

Friday Challenge: Civic Data & Analyzing Oil Contracts

Jan 30, 2015

This week’s challenge is an important data challenge for civic hacking. If you spend even just a couple of hours this weekend, you can help make buried information about government oil contracts available to the public. From CrowdCrafting: Transparency has won big victories in its 15 years or so of life as a movement, with […]

Events We Like: Hack Housing

Jan 28, 2015

CAVEAT: While Geeks Without Bounds does not endorse hackathons that give cash prizes, we feel that this is an important cause to contribute to and we encourage our network to engage on this issue for the sake of humanitarian work. Subvert the paradigm of competition and collaborate PROLIFICALLY! ___________________________________________________________________ Hack Housing: Empowering Smarter Decisions – […]