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winnipeg harvestWe Microsoft Canada evangelist types love a good cause, and we can’t think of a better cause than feeding people, especially during the holiday season. That’s why we’ve had food drop-off boxes at all TechDays events, including TechDays Winnipeg, which takes place tomorrow and Wednesday. Bring a non-perishable food item to TechDays, and we’ll collect it and give it to Winnipeg Harvest, the local food bank.

Better still, we’ll sweeten the deal: if you drop food off at our donation box, we’ll give you the much-in-demand “I Have Standards” IE9 t-shirt! Do some good, and get some swag – that’s a pretty nice deal, isn’t it?

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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RHoK: Random Hacks of Kindness

What is Random Hacks of Kindness?

Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) is 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. RHoK is all about using technology to make the world a better place by building a community of innovation. RHoK brings software engineers together with disaster relief experts to identify critical global challenges, and develop software to respond to them. A RHoK hackathon event brings together the best and the brightest hackers from around the world, who volunteer their time to solve real-world problems. There’s an RHoK event taking place in Toronto in about a month!

Calling all Brains

We will need:

  • Hackers
  • Storytellers
  • Software engineers
  • Programmers
  • University students
  • Marketers
  • Web content creators
  • Emergency planners
  • International policy and development students
  • Teachers
  • Librarians
  • Videographers
  • Event planners
  • Organizers
  • Project managers
  • …and YOU!

Participants can select from a number of problem definitions. (The people at RHoK will post them in the new few weeks.)

Creating humanitarian software in a hackathon is a very special collective collaboration.

RHoK is Global

RHok will be a worldwide event connected by video screens and online tools like IRC, blogs, wikis and more. You could be collaborating and competing with any of the following countries as you solve problems and brainstorm:

  • Canada: Toronto
  • United States:
    • Chicago
    • New York
  • Brazil: Sao Paolo
  • Denmark: Aarhus
  • Germany: Berlin
  • India: Bangalore
  • Kenya: Nairobi
  • Mexico: Mexico City
  • Zambia: Lusaka

Registration

Click here to register for RHoK Toronto
Date: December 4, 2010: 9:00am – December 5, 2010 8pm. ALL NIGHT
Location: University of Toronto – OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)
252 Bloor Street West
Rooms 4410, 4414, 4418, 4426, 4420, 4422

 

T-shirts and stickers will be provided.

Scenes from an RHoK Event Last Year

My friend Heather Leson, from whom I heard about RHoK, attended one of their events in Sydney last year. Here are some scenes from that gathering:

Help RHoK by Sponsoring!

RHoK Toronto are looking for food and beverage sponsors for the upcoming event. They’ll need food and drinks for 30-50 volunteers for 6 meals. If you’d like to sponsor food and drinks to keep the kind hackers going, contact Heather AT textontechs.com or @heatherleson on Twitter.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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