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Indigenous Rights And Sustainability

Jan 27, 2015

In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein explains how Indigenous land rights are being used as a last stand in a number of battles to protect water and land from destructive extraction industries as well as the pipelines, train lines, shipping routes and terminals used to transport coal, gas and oil. These rights, conferred by treaty […]

Got an idea for our Friday Challenges?

Jan 26, 2015

Dearest geeks, hackers, coders, makers, and responders of all stripes, For our new Friday Challenge post series, Geeks Without Bounds is accepting submissions for possible hacking opportunities for our wider community. If you have a humanitarian or disaster response-themed project you’re working on, know of a cause that could really use some technical attention, or […]

Friday Challenge: Translate This For The Red Cross

Friday Challenge: Translate This For The Red Cross

Jan 23, 2015

Background We’ve been really lucky to have the opportunity in the past to work with Jim McGowan at the American Red Cross who is doing some great work with open source software at that organization. He was a subject matter expert and participant at the 2013 Everyone Hacks Hackathon we ran in Chicago, IL. He […]

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. […]

In Events

Upcoming Hackathons We Like

Jan 15, 2015

Hello GWOBites! We at Geeks Without Bounds wanted to let you know about some awesome events outside of our organization that we recommend you attend. SocialGoodHacks January 31, 2015 The Point Community Development Corporation 940 Garrison Ave (Entrance on Manida St)Bronx NY 10474 USA “Presented by The Knowledge House, THE POINT CDC and The Young […]

Why I Love Hackathons

Why I Love Hackathons

Jan 14, 2015

Two weeks ago, my friend Omer Zak shared a blog post from Infotropism on his wall called Why I Don’t Like Hackathons by Alex Bayley aged 39 1/2. Whenever I see a post like this, I want to run to the person who wrote it and invite them to one of our hackathons because nearly […]

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 […]

Creating Challenge Briefs

Jan 9, 2015

Why create a challenge brief? Useful challenge briefs are the key to producing robust solutions for a hackathons. They do this by limiting, not expanding, the parameters of solutions to challenges. It’s easy for participants to overextend themselves on solutions that try to address too many components of a problem at once. By creating challenge […]

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 […]