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In one of my previous posts I talked about bringing engineers and computer scientists together who were interested in helping to solve problems related to humanity and international development.
Well, we haven’t even had our first meeting yet (its this Thursday, 3pm @ UoS, Highfield campus, staffclub, if you want to come along) but Im already very happy and proud to say that we will be having our first event in 3 weeks time: During the weekend of 2-3 June 2012, Southampton University will be one of the satellite cities as part of the global Random Hacks of Kindness Event!
I have attended RHoK events before and think they are an awesome way to learn something new, test your skills, meet new people, and do something for the good of the world. My calendar told me the next global event was looming so I went ahead and put in an application to host one here. I just got the news that it was accepted so now the fun starts 🙂 If you have no idea what RHoK is about, scroll to the bottom of this post.
There is still a lot to do, most importantly we need subject experts and sponsors. If you have a problem that falls within the RHoK scope and would like to have a bunch of smart people work on it: come along! Likewise, if you are a company or institution how about giving your image a boost by sponsoring some pizza, tshirts, merchandise, or a prize.
Finally, if you are interested in this kind of thing please do register and come along. You do not have to be a hardcore programmer to participate!
Any further tips, questions, ideas, suggestions….get in touch!
While solving high-impact problems, one of the main aims of RHoK events is to make it engaging for people while they’re at it.
- Developers, designers, and product managers have the opportunity to network with their peers from the local community, showcase their talents, and engage in what they truly love doing.
- Subject matter experts get to meet their colleagues and gather information about the broad range of efforts in the region. They also get to drive teams to build solutions to the issues they are most passionate about.
- Speakers and judges have the opportunity to inspire a crowd of people to build solutions that are truly world-changing.
- Sponsors of the event can represent their companies and spread the word about the work they do. If a sponsor is offering a data set or API to power problem solutions at the event, they also have an opportunity to generate some buzz about these.
(Text shamelessly copied from the Austin RHoK team)