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 […]

Over 50 Hackathons in 3 1/2 Years

Over 50 Hackathons in 3 1/2 Years

Jun 25, 2014

Right now, we’re going through some internal accounting at Geeks Without Bounds, getting to grips with exactly what all we’ve done in our short lifetime as an organization, what projects we’ve assisted with, and what the cost to outcome ratio is. It’s a very useful exercise to go through. One of the things that surprised […]

Water Infrastructure in Tanzania

May 1, 2014

We’d like to invite you to come hack on data, software (front and back end), hardware, and all the bits between in Cambridge at MIT’s Little Devices on May 7th and 8th (, in London May 24th and 25th (, and in Dar es Salaam ( May 31st and June 1st. The Challenge There’s not […]

Value-Based Design Workshop

Mar 21, 2014

Bex and I put together a Value-Based Design workshop for the Codesign Studio at MIT Media Lab. Originally posted on the Codesign site (and then to the Civic blog and Bex’s blog). Here’s how we did it: link to the hackpad version of this post When you are designing a project for social justice, where do you start? In this workshop, […]

Join us for TADHack in Madrid

Join us for TADHack in Madrid

Feb 26, 2014

This June in Madrid, Geeks Without Bounds will be curating a special humanitarian theme at TADHack, the Telephony Application Developer Hackathon.  TADHack is a global event, created and driven by the grassroots of the telecommunications industry to “help developers discover the latest ways to add communications to their application, services and business processes.” Many of the […]

Open Badges for Crisis Response

Jan 8, 2014

Just before the Dublin Hacks event, I found myself in London for Mozfest, the yearly conference for Mozilla. I was there to wander and schmooze, but then I met Jess Klein (now listed on our Who-Is page!). She was working on HackLabs in disaster areas, based on her experience during Hurricane Sandy. What would be […]

Stop Hacking without specing: a Top 10 needed (Crossposted via

Nov 15, 2013

NOTE: This is cross posted (with permission from Heather Leson).  The original post can be found here Stop Hacking without specing: a Top 10 needed Posted in community, crisis, CrisisCommons, CrisisMappers, Geeks without Bounds, Humanitarian,Mappers, open data By Heather On November 15, 2013   Here we are again. It is the day before a mass of hackathons occur around the world. It is exciting and […]

Boston Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathon

Oct 29, 2013

As we mentioned previously, Geeks Without Bounds is hosting the Boston Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathon at MIT’s Media Lab on Nov 8th and 9th. This is a controversial location to hold the hackathon. We know. We’ve chosen to use this site both as a reclamation and as a conversation on the nature of activism, its […]

The Digital Humanitarian Network Summit 2013

Oct 21, 2013

Geeks Without Bounds will be hosting the Digital Humanitarian Network Summit 2013 at 88mph Garage in Nairobi, Kenya. We’ll be examining current humanitarian challenges in relation to technology, digital response, and crisis management. Participants will brainstorm and plan ways in which we can create solutions to those challenges using adaptable, agile methods and tools. We […]

The Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathon

Oct 18, 2013

Less than a year ago, the death of Aaron Swartz shocked us with sadness. This young man, one of “our own”, gave in to despair and lost the biggest fight of all. His death reminded the activist community of our need to take care of each other even as it woke many in the world […]