Random Hacks of Kindness - in Berlin 2010/2011

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This presentation gives facts, figures, background, media response summary and highlights as well as pictures giving an impression of the Random Hacks of Kindness in general, and the hackthon event in Berlin, Germany, in particular. Pictures are from Dec. 2010 and June 2011 at RHoK Berlin.
The presentation was held at in June 2011 in Helsinki, Finland, for a group of interested hackers. Hence, it focusses on explaining: what is RHoK? How can you organise one such event? - it provides also some lessons learned in Berlin.

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Random Hacks of Kindness - in Berlin 2010/2011

  1. 1. Random  Hacks  of  Kindness    in  Berlin  (mostly)    and  in  the  Rest  of  the  World  (a  bit)    Anke  Domscheit-­‐Berg  opengov.me  
  2. 2. RHoK  is  fun      -­‐  for  a  good  cause  
  3. 3. What  else  is  RHoK?    •  Global  iniDaDve  –  bringing  hackers,  NGOs,  governments  and   industry  together  to  solve  big  problems  in  1  weekend  –  every   6  months  •  Founded  by  Google,  MicrosoN,  Yahoo,  Worldbank,  NASA  –  at   2009  conference  •  Growing  ever  since...  •  Problems:   –  Desaster  recovery,  crisis  management  (RHoK0-­‐2)   –  +  Climate  change  (RHoK#3)   –  +  All  humanitarian  issues  (RHoK#4)  
  4. 4. Facts  and  Figures  RHoK#2  (Dec.  2010)  •  1000  developpers  •  26  locaDons  •  Berlin:     –  30  parDcipants  with  10  naDonaliDes/ countries  of  origins   –  6  hacks     –  Caritas  hack  –  used  in  HaiD,  Pakistan,  Japan   –  Emergency  Call  App  –  downloaded  7000   Dmes  
  5. 5. Facts  and  Figures  RHoK#3   •  Globally:     –  1.200  registraDons   –  122  problems   –  69  soluDons   –  31  events/locaDons   •  Berlin:     –  6100€  budget  (not  enough)   –  300  bo`les  of  soN  drinks   –  75  parDcipants   –  50  registraDons  in  last  week   –  15  females     –  10+  countries  of  origin   –  8  Subject  ma`er  experts   –  7  hacks   –  5  winning  teams  
  6. 6. Teamwork  is  best  pracDce...  
  7. 7. Work  was  done  in  teams  of  2-­‐9  ppl  
  8. 8. Food,  Drinks,  Space  rental,  Prices...  Sponsored  by  companies,  FoundaDons  and  NGOs       Sponsors  
  9. 9. We  had  a  bar  downstairs...  
  10. 10. Best  PracDce  *1*  •  Involve  Designers!   (should  be  easy  in   Helsinki)  •  Berlin  invited  Design   Thinking  School  •  Nicer  Apps,  higher   share  of  women  ;-­‐)  •  Designers  worked  for   all  teams  (on  call)  •  Some  went  an  extra   mile  (to  bring   equipment)  
  11. 11. Recognize  everybody  Berlin  RHoK#3  •  T-­‐shirts  for  everybody  •  CerDficates  for   everybody  •  O‘Reilly  cerDficate  (1   book  download  free)  •  SDckers  at  RHoK#2  
  12. 12. Special  Awards  for  RHoK  Stars  J   Berlin  RHoK#3:   •  Winner  shirts  with   gold,  silver,  bronce   digits  and  award   icon  at  the  back   •  Prices,  such  as  X-­‐box   with  kinect,  shop   cerDficates,  books,   home  media  servers,   fatboy    
  13. 13. Invite  a  Top  Level  –  Diverse  Jury   BERLIN  RHoK#3   •  3  Jury  members   came  from  3   Senates   –  Interior   –  Economy  +   Technolog   –  Environment,   Health,   Consumer   ProtecDon   •  1  from  NaDonal   MunicipaliDes   AssociaDon   •  1  Partner  NGO   •  1  Sponsor  
  14. 14. Special  Challenge  -­‐  Wheelmap  •  „Social  Heroes“  NGO  •  Created  wheelmap.org  •  Needed  bug  fixing  •  Needed  new  languages   roll  out  •  Needed  new  fundraising   strategies  •  Needed  new  supporters  •  Got  it  all  •  And  got  an  extra  price  
  15. 15. Global  Website  –  with  selforganised  community  
  16. 16. Global  page  collects  problems,  soluDons  •  Problems  are  described  in  structured  way  •  Teams  sign  up  for  problem  soluDon  •  SoluDons  are  uploaded  to  github  and   documented  systemaDcally  •  Everything  must  be  open  source  
  17. 17. Orga  Team  worked  with  local  Wiki  
  18. 18. ORGA     •  Free  wireless,  half  a  million   power  plugs   •  Catering  (included  night   soup),  Free  soN  drinks,     tea  and  coffee   •  Name  tags  for  all   •  Press  briefing  package   •  Jury  briefing  paper  and   judgement  form   •  Leaflet  –  for  press,  hackers,   sponsors,  partners     (1000  updates)  
  19. 19. ORGA     •  Enough  space  to  come  together   and  work  in  all  sorts  of  groups,   room  to  play/chill/hang  out   •  Flip  charts  –  for  problem   definiDons,  work  flows  etc.   •  DocumentaDon  team  (twi`er,   blogger,  pics  for  flickr  group)   •  City  hashtag  (#rhokBLN)  for   tweeDng   •  Use  event  to  find  help/sponsors   for  next  event  
  20. 20. Media  Summary  –  Status  06.06.2011    •  275  reports    •  3  out  of  Top  5  naDon  wide  papers  reported  •  6  TV  channels  reported  (online)  –  1  Austrian  •  1  documentary  film  maker  (Belgian)  •  3  Radio  staDons  reported  (2  naDonal)  •  2  out  of  top  3  weekly  journals    •  The  leading  weekly  paper  •  Half  of  reports  averages  4.400  characters,  has  pics  •  100%  of  reports  were  posiDve    
  21. 21. Contact  •  Anke  Domscheit-­‐Berg  •  Orgateam  member  RHoK#2  and  RHoK#3  in  Berlin  •  mailto:  rhok@domscheit-­‐berg.de  •  Follow:     –  @rhokBerlin  (#rhokBln)   –  @anked   –  @opengovme  

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