A humanitarian hackathon that looks to solve real-world issues.
A hackathon with heart
Our city’s sprouting hackathons everywhere you look, but Random Hacks of Kindness Bangalore, which has been around since 2010, invites tech geeks to solve problems that have direct applicability in our present contexts. In 2015, for instance, RHoK focused on accountability, traffic, and water and sanitation, all in Bangalore. This isn’t done in a vacuum: subject-matter experts from relevant organisations are present at the hackathon, and provide feedback on the pitches.
RHoK Bangalore are a chapter of the global community RHoK, which has branches in cities such as Melbourne, New York, and Jakarta. In the past, they’ve conducted hackathons on issues such as sex education and accessibility; An upcoming hackathon focuses on gender-based violence. The recent Chennai floods also saw members of the RHoK community respond by building an auto-reporter for disasters; they also brainstormed a whole lot of ideas to solve smaller problems faced in a post-disaster situation, such as healthcare and hygiene. Look for the #solveforbangalore or #solveforchennai hashtags on Twitter for more information.
If you fancy yourself a fledgling coder, head down here. Or simply tweet @rhok_bang with the issues you face in our city.
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