Design A Jungle Network at RHoKSec this Thurs & Fri in Amsterdam

May 26, 2015

An indigenous community in Ecuador would like to build a wireless network that will cover a million acres of land in the Amazon. We’re going to use this to run a Taarifa instance to track pollution and illegal encroachment in their area. There are some challenges, though. Hardwood trees block radio signals. There are no […]

Our best wishes to Willow Bl00!

Feb 23, 2015

One of my favorite parts of being a part of an organization has come again: the off boarding. Many might be anxious about such a time, but I see it as the glorious moment of truth where you trust that what you have helped to nurture and build is bigger than you are. Geeks Without […]

Propose a project for Citizen Science Hackfest 2015!

Jan 21, 2015

Hello all you citizen scientists! We have an awesome opportunity for you. While the SciStarter’s Citizen Science Hackfest in-person registration is closed, Hackfest is accepting remote participants and project proposals for the Citizen Science Hackfest 2015. Woohoo! REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE REMOTELY Make sure to note in the comments section that you are a remote participant. […]

5 Year Anniversary: Haiti Response

Jan 14, 2015

Looking back 5 years ago to the 2010 Haitian earthquake, we as a humanitarian community need to reflect upon the outcomes, both negative and positive, of the response efforts post-quake. The outcomes need to be examined to better assess and improve our own systems of response, and to refine our understandings of what communities need […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keynote at CascadiaJS 2014

Jul 31, 2014

Check out our very own robot, Willow Brugh, keynoting at CascadiaJS in Portland! Technology as A Means to Equality We are very proud to have this bot on our team. Yay Willow!

Extension for the Accelerator Deadline!

Jul 22, 2014

We’ve extended our Accelerator application deadline to the 31st of July, 2014 to allow project teams a little extra time to get their documentation to us. If you’ve been contemplating applying to our program, you now have 9 more days to get your application and supporting documents to us. APPLY NOW Good luck!

Responsible Project Lifecycle

Jul 19, 2014

We’re thrilled to announce our first white paper, inspired by the Engine Room’s Responsible Data Forum in Oakland months ago, and with interviews with Heather, Sara, Max, and Lisha! Responsible Humanitarian And Disaster Response Project Cycles : Embed a “kill date” on your PLATFORM. If people are using that platform, this becomes a part of […]

Mozilla Open Badges

Mar 28, 2014

Mozilla has created an Open Badges platform intended to make experience, knowledge, and proficiency of volunteers/organizations more legible and navigable. Through Badgekit, organizations are able to create, assess and issue badges. This platform easily connects with websites and services so integration of Open Badges is easily brought to communities. In their own words: What is […]