First Hackathon to Be Held in Haiti

Feb 1, 2013

Digital Democracy is hosting “From Local Solutions to National Systems,” a gender-based violence Hackathon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. See the following press release and the event page here for more details. Digital Democracy Hosts the First Hackathon to Take Place in Haiti Event convenes Haitian & International developers to address gender-based violence Feb 1, 2013, Port-au-Prince, […]

Everyone Hacks: Post-Event Breakdown

Jan 25, 2013

Everyone Hacks was a resounding success! Our teams were dedicated, our sponsors generous, and our judges thoughtful. This isn’t our first rodeo, but we were impressed with the level of creativity in forming solutions to educational challenges from everyone involved. To get the full social media experience, check out the hashtag #EveryoneHacks on twitter and […]

SendGrid and Everyone Hacks

Jan 9, 2013

SendGrid, one of our lovely sponsors for Everyone Hacks in January, is offering up to four of the most addictive, fun prizes ever for one of the winning teams: Spheros! A tiny, programmable (and hackable) robot easily controlled with a smartphone or tablet, the Sphero is compatible with over 20 free iOS and Android apps […]

V&TC summit summary

Oct 24, 2012

Huge hearts to Galit for so much help on this doc, and to Matt Stempeck and Heather Leson for their heavy input. On October 10th, a small group of Volunteer and Technical Community leaders and academics focused on crisis and humanitarian response gathered at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The V&TC summit was […]

September Digital Humanitarian Check-In

Sep 12, 2012

Attendees: List yourselves out as you join the call, the order we go in will be determined by this. Willow goes last. Evert with Haiti Connect Cat with Humanity Road Scott with FEMA Pascal with Crisis Commons Jen with Crisis Mappers Willow with Geeks Without Bounds Agenda: What we’re up to today – Willow Organizational […]

Breaking Down Silos

Aug 16, 2012

Interoperability is a *huge* issue in emergency management, humanitarian response, ..actually, in an awful lot of things. My hometown in rural Indiana didn’t even have a way for the fire department to speak to the police department, it was all done via 911 operators switching lines. Add on the issues of county lines, security clearance, […]

About Tor

Feb 19, 2012

Tor is a worldwide network of proxies run by volunteers. They donate a chunk of their bandwidth to disguise the origin of others. How it works Tor establishes random encrypted tunnels between nodes in the network. The connections themselves are mixed to obfuscate the relation between incoming and outgoing ones. This way a passive observer only sees connections going […]


Dec 5, 2011

In keeping with my current inability to type (broke an arm), check out this totally rad VizThink Prezi I drew up, and check out the RHoK blog post (video reposted below). RHoK PDX on Prezi

The Synergy Strike Force at STAR-TIDES

Oct 10, 2011

This is M@, writing on behalf of GWOB and reporting on the recent STAR-TIDES demo at Fort Mcnair ( ). @willowbl00 and I attended the demo day to see where hackers, makers, and the judicious application of open source technologies might fit in to existing relief applications and organizations. While there we met a […]

Getting to Know: The World Bank

Dec 28, 2010

We’re starting a new, occasional series here on the GWOBlog – a getting to know you segment about the companies and organizations out there already that we may have heard of before…but didn’t really know much about. That’s where the World Bank stood for me. Of course I’ve heard of the organization, but beyond the […]