Hacking for Humanity: Random Hacks of Kindness Takes New York
Parsons The New School for Design and the United Nations Global Pulse hosted the New York event of Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), a global initiative held in over twenty locations around the world, organized by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA and the World Bank. RHoK brought together software developers and experts in disaster risk management for a weekend-long "hackathon" to create software solutions that can help mitigate or respond to disasters around the world and help save lives.
In addition to New York, RHoK events took place across the U.S., including Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle; and internationally, including Toronto; Aarhus, Denmark; Berlin; Bangalore; Birmingham, UK; Jakarta; Nairobi; Lusaka, Zambia; Mexico City; Bogota; Buenos Aires; Singapore; Tel Aviv; and São Paolo, Brazil. Through satellite technology, program organizers will attempt to connect participants in the various cities with others as the event progresses.