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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 […]

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!

Workshop in Iringa for Taarifa

Jul 31, 2014

The workshop we did in Iringa district for how Taarifa would change workflow, as well as how the tool worked. The idea is that, if people see how systems can change based upon using the tool, they’ll help the process of tool use also be better.

CascadiaJS

CascadiaJS

Jul 30, 2014

I’m pleased and honored to be keynoting Cascadia.JS tomorrow morning. I’ve been putzing around Portland, including being picked up from the airport on one of these things: :and then laying in the front yard farm listening to ukulele. It was really Portland. But anyway. I’m going to be speaking about technology as a means to […]

In GWOBlog

Social Justice in Technology Policy

Jul 24, 2014

Today on Facebook, I read an excellent post by Praveen Sinha. The post talks about the problem of privilege in the area of law and policy making around technology. The gist of the post is that the people who are most likely to be hurt by bad technology policy are the ones least likely to […]