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Geeks Without Bounds is an accelerator for humanitarian projects.

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.



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 […]

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!

HOPEX Roundup Part 1

Jul 21, 2014

The GWOBorg descended upon New York City this weekend for H.O.P.E. X, the bi-annual hackers conference organized by the fine folks at 2600 Magazine. H.O.P.E. stands for Hackers On Planet Earth, one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world. It’s been happening every other year since 1994. Willow and Diggz gave […]

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 […]