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Random Hacks and Continuing Hacks

by willow on December 11, 2010

in News

Last weekend Jigsaw hosted the Seattle sattelite for Random Hacks of Kindness. A group of 25 structured themselves into two groups to work on the problem definitions put forth by various humanitarian organizations.
One of the two groups worked on what is called the Population Center definition – The goal of the app is to find population centers around a crisis to figure out where resources need to be sent. You can play with it here.
The second of the two groups worked on a problem definition brought by the city. They created a damage assestment form for after disaster has struck. In the past, volunteers answer phones for people reporting damages to their homes and businesses. These forms are tallied up, sorted by county, and assess to see if federal aid can be requested. It is an ineloquent solution. The Jigsaw team built an iPhone app, android app, phone tree system, and linked all that to a database. You can learn more about it here.
Many of those who came to play just weren’t satisfied with how much work got done, though. The MapPub team is still refining the tools they built, and the Population Center team is continuing their efforts at Jigsaw’s newest recurringe event – Hacking for Good. We’ll be joining up with other groups on HackerSpaces.org during their third-weekend synchonus hackathon. You can come out and play, too! Work on more humanitarian hacks, or just bring along your laptop to code with others.

Last weekend Jigsaw hosted the Seattle sattelite for Random Hacks of Kindness. A group of 25 structured themselves into two groups to work on the problem definitions put forth by various humanitarian organizations.

image by @chernobylheart

image by @chernobylheart

One of the two groups worked on what is called the Population Center definition – The goal of the app is to find population centers around a crisis to figure out where resources need to be sent. Precious time is usually spent researching this information on an as-needed basis, but now it’s already compiled and ready to go! You can play with it here.

The second of the two groups worked on a problem definition brought by the city, which we called MadPub – Mobile Assessment of Damage for the Public. They created a damage assessment form for after disaster has struck. In the past, volunteers answer phones for people reporting damages to their homes and businesses. These forms are tallied up, sorted by county, and assessed to see if federal aid can be requested. It is an ineloquent solution. The Jigsaw team built an iPhone app, android app, phone tree system, and linked all that to a database. You can learn more about it here. Website coming soon.

Aaron's blog postAaron came up from Portland to lend his considerable experience to the teams. You can find his amazing, and much more techie post here.

Many of those who came to play just weren’t satisfied with how much work got done, though. The MapPub team is still refining the tools they built, and the Population Center team is continuing their efforts at Jigsaw’s newest recurring event – Hacking for Good. We’ll be joining up with other groups on HackerSpaces.org during their third-weekend synchronous hackathon. You can come out and play, too! Work on more humanitarian hacks, or just bring along your laptop to code with others.
you can easily add the event to your gcal here: 

Many thanks, again, to the RHoK sponsors – Geeks Without Bounds for organization, Tropo for food and prizes, and Jigsaw for venue. And thanks to the RHoK team for making this happen!

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