Random Hacks of Kindness
Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 5:00 PM (PST)
Mountain View, CA
Random Hacks of Kindness
The Disaster Relief Codejam
What is Random Hacks of Kindness?
It is an initiative that brings together disaster relief experts and software engineers to work on identifying key challenges to disaster relief, and developing solutions to these critical issues. This Codejam is the first of a series of Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) events that will bring the best and brightest together for a "give camp" to solve real world-problems related to Crisis/Disaster Relief.
This event is the first step in building a global community dedicated to solving disaster relief challenges through technology.
At the RHoK Codejam, programmers will partner with subject matter experts to tackle “real world "problems. These challenges have begun to be defined (see preparation), and will continue to be refined during the event.
The software created at this first event will continue to be developed at subsequent RHoK events, and openly shared with the international community. Our hope is that this software will address some of the serious challenges facing the disaster response community, and evolve in response to their needs.
Please note: There will be very important logistical announcements at 9:30am Friday morning. Please make every effort to arrive at least 15mins before to insure you do not miss any information.
Thursday - November 12th, 2009
6:00pm – 10:00pm Social Event / Mixer
Friday - November 13th, 2009
8:00am – 9:00am Registration
9:00am – 9:30am Breakfast
9:30am – 9:45am Announcements
9:45am – 10:30am Keynote; Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 12:30pm Lightening Talks (5min each, half problem space, half tech)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 1:45pm Afternoon Breakout Planning (Barcamp Style)
1:45pm – 4:45pm Breakout sessions (will not go till 4:45 unless needed)
5pm - ??? Hacking
Saturday - November 14th, 2009
??? – 12:30pm Hacking Continues
1:00pm Submission Deadline
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm Presentations
3:30pm – 4:00pm Judge voting
4:00pm – 4:30pm Award Ceremony
4:30pm – 5:30pm Post event social
Our keynote speaker
William Craig Fugate was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009 to be the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He had been the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. He was appointed director by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2001 and later re-appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist. For more information please follow this link.
In May 2009, the first ever Crisis Camp barcamp was held in Washington, DC. During one of the opening sessions an industry panel including representatives from Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! agreed that some matters supersede competitive concerns. We agreed to cooperate to mobilize our developer communities to create interoperable solutions/code that will have real impact in the field. We have partnered with NASA and The World Bank to make this happen.
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, NASA and The World Bank are founding sponsors.
Please find the original problem definition sheet and the expanded featured hacks at this link:
We want our hacks to make an impact. To that end we need the problem definitions as tight as possible before we begin coding on the 12th. Please contribute by adding new ideas and/or refining ones that are already there. Please find the problem definitions above
We have block ordered a number of rooms at the Crestview Hotel until November 6th. To make a reservation call 650-966-8848 and book under "Random Hacks of Kindness" group. The rate is $69 a night.