Support GWOB’s Work In Tanzania

Dec 1, 2015

Did you know that most public water infrastructure in Tanzania breaks down within four years of installation? Or that it takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to repair those broken water points? Many charities exist to help build new clean water infrastructure in low income countries like Tanzania. They use your money to […]

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. […]

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 […]

Got an idea for our Friday Challenges?

Jan 26, 2015

Dearest geeks, hackers, coders, makers, and responders of all stripes, For our new Friday Challenge post series, Geeks Without Bounds is accepting submissions for possible hacking opportunities for our wider community. If you have a humanitarian or disaster response-themed project you’re working on, know of a cause that could really use some technical attention, or […]

Friday Challenge: Translate This For The Red Cross

Friday Challenge: Translate This For The Red Cross

Jan 23, 2015

Background We’ve been really lucky to have the opportunity in the past to work with Jim McGowan at the American Red Cross who is doing some great work with open source software at that organization. He was a subject matter expert and participant at the 2013 Everyone Hacks Hackathon we ran in Chicago, IL. He […]

Why I Love Hackathons

Why I Love Hackathons

Jan 14, 2015

Two weeks ago, my friend Omer Zak shared a blog post from Infotropism on his wall called Why I Don’t Like Hackathons by Alex Bayley aged 39 1/2. Whenever I see a post like this, I want to run to the person who wrote it and invite them to one of our hackathons because nearly […]

Friday Challenge: Baby’s In The Car Seat!

Friday Challenge: Baby’s In The Car Seat!

Jan 9, 2015

Background Every year, an average of 38 children die in the US when they are left in their car seat in a hot car. You might imagine that the parents of those children were just neglectful or uncaring, but you’d be wrong in nearly all of those cases. It’s horrifying to think, but our attempts […]

Calling all Hackers Of Color in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Jan 5, 2015

Calling all hackers of color (henceforth “hoc”) in the San Francisco bay area: Geeks Without Bounds would like to run a memorial hackathon in honor of Eno Jackson who served as our fundraising manager in the year before her untimely death in August. She had been trying to coordinate some educational projects with GWOB and […]