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Hacking on Pidgin at RHoKSec at Haxpo on 28-29 May!

Hacking on Pidgin at RHoKSec at Haxpo on 28-29 May!

May 24, 2015

Pidgin, a wonder and versatile Instant Messaging client that anyone can use allows for connecting to a wide-variety of popular chat networks, such as AIM, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, XMPP, Facebook, Google Hangouts, iMessages, etc. A very interesting feature that IM clients, such as MSN Messenger, back in the day, lacked was end-to-end encryption, something that […]

Build Secure Firefox OS Apps at RHoKSec in Amsterdam

Build Secure Firefox OS Apps at RHoKSec in Amsterdam

May 18, 2015

FirefoxOS is the mobile device operating system from Mozilla. The system is fully open source and free as in Liberty unlike Android which is open in theory, but actually fairly locked down in practice. Mozilla markets their phone most heavily to people in low resource countries and to the poor, including migrants, in high resource […]

Random Hacks of Kindness Security at HAXPO

May 15, 2015

We’re just two weeks away from the Random Hacks of Kindness Security (RHoKSec) hackathon at Hack In The Box/HAXPO! Join us in building, testing, and improving open source humanitarian projects. Testing Taarifa civic infrastructure reporting tools for vulnerabilities. This software is already being used to manage municipal water systems and other civic infrastructure in Tanzania. […]

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 […]

Open Call for Round 1 of the 2015 Accelerator Projects!

Feb 5, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the first round of the 2015 Accelerator for Humanitarian Projects is now open for project submissions! The Geeks Without Bounds accelerator program is six months of mentorship to take your humanitarian Open Source project from the prototyping stage to toward deployment. We’ll help you figure out your legal container, […]

International SpaceApps Challenge 2015

Feb 4, 2015

It’s that time of year again! Geeks Without Bounds will be hosting two iterations of NASA’s International SpaceApps Challenge (ISAC) this year. Join 9000+ participants around the globe to hack on data, hardware, software, and educational resources. This year’s ISAC will take place the weekend of April 11th – 12th, 2015. We’re spanning the U.S. […]

Friday Challenge: Civic Data & Analyzing Oil Contracts

Friday Challenge: Civic Data & Analyzing Oil Contracts

Jan 30, 2015

This week’s challenge is an important data challenge for civic hacking. If you spend even just a couple of hours this weekend, you can help make buried information about government oil contracts available to the public. From CrowdCrafting: Transparency has won big victories in its 15 years or so of life as a movement, with […]

Events We Like: Hack Housing

Jan 28, 2015

CAVEAT: While Geeks Without Bounds does not endorse hackathons that give cash prizes, we feel that this is an important cause to contribute to and we encourage our network to engage on this issue for the sake of humanitarian work. Subvert the paradigm of competition and collaborate PROLIFICALLY! ___________________________________________________________________ Hack Housing: Empowering Smarter Decisions – […]

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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 […]