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HackForEgypt (Unconference & Hackathon)


Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

HackForEgypt (Unconference & Hackathon)

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Join with us as we Hack For Egypt!

Earlier this year, Egyptians combined technology and political activism to revolutionary effect (see wikipedia article). After overthrowing a thirty-year dictatorship, they face new challenges to establishing democracy. Can technology help them through the divisive times ahead?

The Unconference and Hackathon for Egypt is an opportunity to find out. On May 14, programmers and engineers will gather at Stanford University to meet with Egyptian activists and discuss applications that could help their cause. Our aim is to build a community that bridges Tahrir Square and Silicon Valley to show what activists equipped with digital tools can achieve.

Bring your computers and we’ll provide the activists and the food. The d. school venue is perfectly designed to let the ideas flow. Come check it out!

For info about the activists behind Egypt’s revolution, visit cloudtostreet.org
For info about the apps we expect to work on, visit http://cloudcamp.uservoice.com/forums/114129


9:30 am Coffee and Networking

10:00 am Introductions

Ben Rowswell, Cloud to Street: Visit to Revolutionary Cairo: A Laboratory of Political Activism

Saad Khan, Partner, CMEA Capital: An Introduction to Hacktivism

10:15 am How Egyptian Activists Used Technology to Drive the Revolution

Sabah Hamamou, Founder of www.masrawyya.com

10:30 am Lightning Talks to Outline App Projects (5 minutes each)

Nelly Corbel, Web-Training Election Monitors (from Cairo)

Vivek Srinivasan, Crowdsourcing Constitutional Negotiations

Ahmed Boguta, Monitoring the Egyptian Parliament (from Cairo)

Farhaan Ladhani, A Mesh Network for Egypt

Abdallah Helmy, A Mobile Phone App for Political Mobilization (from Cairo)

Mark Nelson, Peace Innovation and Sectarian Relations

11:15 am Organize Unconference & Hackathon (facilitated by Dave Nielsen)

  • Developers choose an application to work on, or their own related projects
  • Activists in Cairo available by videoconference until 12:00 pm

12:30 pm Luncheon Discussion:  How Security Forces Use Technology to Counter the Revolution

Ahmed Saleh, Co-Founder of Kifaya

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm:  Hackathon working groups

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm:  Unconference panels

5:00 pm:  Presentation of Progress to Date

6:00 pm:  Hackathon continues


the d.school @ Stanford (map)
Escondido Mall
Building 550 - Hasso Plattner Institute of Design
Stanford, CA  94305

Parking & Entrance:
Parking is free on Saturdays. So you can park in any Visitor, A or C space available. or at any meter.
Enter from the alleyway between Escondido Mall and Panama Street between Buildings 540 and 550 (map


  • Sarina Beges, Liberation Technologies, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford
  • Joshua Cohen, Professor of Political science, Philosophy, and Law, Liberation Technologies, Stanford
  • Farhaan Ladhani, Cloud to Street
  • Saad Khan, Partner, CMEA Capital, Hacktivist 
  • Sam King, Code the Change
  • Mark Nelson, Persuasive Technology Lab, Peace Innovation Lab, Stanford
  • Dave Nielsen, CloudCamp
  • Margarita Quihuis, Persuasive Technology Lab, Peace Innovation Lab, Stanford
  • Ben Rowswell, Cloud to Street
  • Vivek Srinivasan, Liberation Technologies, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford
  • Terry Winograd, Computer Science Department, Liberation Technologies, d.school, Stanford

Help us before the event by voting for apps that we will build to help Egyptian Activists: http://cloudcamp.uservoice.com/forums/114129

Also, list yourself as "attending" by clicking the following links:

For more information, please contact hackforegypt@gmail.com

Have questions about HackForEgypt (Unconference & Hackathon)? Contact HackForEgypt
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Encina Hall
616 Serra St.
Stanford, CA 94305

Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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