What Response Can Learn from Co-Ops

Jun 17, 2014

I had an amazing chat with Emily M Lippold Cheney after meeting serendipitously at a Libre Fest in Cambridge. She agreed to do a GWOBcast on the overlap of digital response and the history of cooperatives. It reminded me a bit about the Brainmeats Lisha and I did awhile ago on The Culture of Eviction. CRISIS/VOID […]

Updates from the Field: Taarifa in Dar es Salaam part 3

May 6, 2014

Thursday is a holiday, and so no meetings – we wake up early and head to Mkuranga District – a rural, rather than urban (like Tendale), slum. We run for the ferry, tho thankfully we don’t have to jump for it, new journalist friend Erin in tow. On the other side of the sea, we […]

Updates from the Field : Taarifa in Dar es Salaam, part 2

May 5, 2014

People don’t lean out of vehicles to ask for directions here, as they did in Nairobi. The security guards, when they exist, lounge in chairs and ask questions rather than standing, mostly silent, with automatic weapons. But like Nairobi, meetings can start (and end) hours late due to traffic, to tardy risers, to rain that […]

Updates from the field: Taarifa and Dar es Salaam

May 4, 2014

6.5 hours from JFK to AMS, and another 11 from there to DAR. Woobly from hours on planes, binging on movies, and clandestine email response; I stood in a pen full of anxious people waiting to regain their passports. I watched the processing, detecting patterns but not defined process – most passports and paperwork went in […]

Self Care and the Humanitarian Response Worker

Dec 18, 2013

As the response community continues to manage the ongoing efforts in the Philippines, long-term stressors are coming to the fore as responders are faced with the pain of those in need. While we are not the affected populations that desperately need aid and resources, we are most definitely vulnerable to those same traumas that they […]

Three Year Anniversary GWOBcast

Oct 22, 2013

As of October 10th, Geeks Without Bounds is no longer in our Terrible Twos! As we move into our third year of humanitarian technology work, we’d like to thank our generous program sponsors who have helped us develop both as a company and as contributors in the humanitarian field. Tropo and Splunk, we would not […]

How a Technophobe Learned to Love Hackathons

Aug 16, 2013

Today’s post is a contribution from the most excellent writer and educator Kristan Karinen, who assisted with ops and interviewing at #EveryoneHacksCHI. Follow her musings on her blog. _____________________________________________________________________________ It’s like the opening scene of some bizarre, ethereal Sci-Fi flick from the 70s. The warm midday sun streams through the oversized windows that line the […]

RHoKNOLA and Capes

Jun 2, 2013

In an impromptu flurry of activity, Random Hacks New Orleans was official 10 days before the event. I had never been to New Orleans before, but the components were in order and we were go for launch – at LaunchPad! Some lovely folk I had barely met offered an amazing amount of assistance. Datawind sent […]

First Hackathon and Hackathon Firsts

Mar 27, 2013

Note: This is a personal piece from our Content Creator, Lindsay Oliver, with additional input from one of the EveryoneHacks winners, Wendy Fong. EveryoneHacks was the first hackathon that I actively participated in. Seriously. I’ve been around them plenty of times in the past few years, but only from the sidelines, in passing at my […]

Occupy Sandy: Notes from Adam Greenfield

Feb 26, 2013

Adam Greenfield, Speedbird blogger and author of Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing, has written an account of the Occupy Sandy relief effort in New York from the perspective of an in-the-trenches volunteer. His post, Preliminary Notes to a Diagram of Occupy Sandy, provides an in-depth look at the structural and cultural factors contributing […]