We Salute: Stephen Hawking and Intel

Dec 11, 2014

Last week, Intel announced their upgrade to Stephen Hawking’s communications platform – a brand new, customizable model that allows him to communicate two times faster than he’s been able to to with his decades-old system… AND IT’S OPEN SOURCE. Our first reactions: One of the smartest people in the world can now communicate with us […]

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 […]

Taarifa Hackathon Updates

Taarifa Hackathon Updates

May 16, 2014

We camped out for a few lovely days at the inspiring Little Devices out of N51 at MIT. Hugs and hearts to Anna and Jose who brought their brains and their space to our hackdays. And didn’t find our requests for things like buckets, tubing, and CNC strange. We were constantly surrounded by go carts […]

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 (bit.ly/taarifabos), in London May 24th and 25th (bit.ly/taarifalondon), and in Dar es Salaam (bit.ly/taarifadar) May 31st and June 1st. The Challenge There’s not […]

Interview: Splunk4Good Program Director Corey Marshall

Jan 21, 2014

Splunk is one of Geeks Without Bounds’ fiscal sponsors (the other being Tropo.

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 […]

Dublin Hacks Presentations!

Nov 27, 2013

We had a bunch of great projects presented at Dublin Hacks. Here are the details on their specs and focus. Search and Rescue S&R has the aspect of integrating smartphones with a central system, with volunteers on an open source map. They are creating an Android app to server communications. Users can search for and […]

Bachchao’s Indiegogo Campaign

Oct 11, 2013

Note: Trigger warning for victims of assault. _____________________________________________ One of our January 2013 accelerator teams, The Bachchao Project, is hosting their first crowdfunding campaign! CONTRIBUTE NOW The team has released a mobile distress app that aids crime victims in the event of an attack by alerting trusted contacts of the victim’s location and recording a […]

Introducing the Participatory Aid Marketplace

Jul 31, 2013

My cohort Matt Stempeck at the Center for Civic Media at MIT’s Media Lab recently finished his graduate thesis on participatory aid. We were also on a panel together at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. Here’s a blog he posted on the Civic Blog about his work – it’s reposted here with his permission. Unlike […]

Oklahoma Needs text via @Recovers_org #sms

May 25, 2013

“Effective immediately, survivors can text what they need to (405) 652-0949 and it will go into the needs database so that volunteers can contact them and meet the need. For example, a survivor can text “I need hot meals” to (405) 652-0949 and it will show up in this database as a need for all administrators to […]