Random Hacks of Kindness

Posted by on June 15, 2010 at 7:19 am.

For those of you coding superheroes trying to figure out how to apply your powers for good, rather than evil, I stumbled across a few initiatives focused on coding for causes (via FloridaCreatives).  If you’ve taken part in any of these, please share your experiences here:

  • Random Hacks of Kindness: a community of developers, geeks and tech-savvy do-gooders around the world, working to develop software solutions that respond to the challenges facing humanity today.
  • Apps 4 Good is an alliance of talented software developers who are passionate about improving our community. The group formed following the iPhone Hackaton 4 Charity event which aimed to build as many iPhone applications as possible over the course of a weekend. However unlike other hackathons, iPhone Hackaton 4 Charity was unique because the proceeds from the applications developed are donated to local charities.
  • Geek for Good: The vision for GeekForGood.net is to be an open talent database for people with any technical skill who want to make themselves available to work on projects for various causes or clients they might be interested in, on either a paid or volunteer basis.
  • Coding for a Cause: Florida Drupal Camp selects causes for their coding camps, most recently Junior Achievement.

Although a bit tangential, the broader topic of Hacktivism is discussed in this research by Brian Still and this PDF at TheHacktivist.

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