Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hack4good0.6 in Washington DC.

The world's biggest global hack against climate change

Uniting globally 12-14 September 2014, 3,000+ leading software engineers, hackers, ui/ux designers, product makers, founders, thought leaders and civic-minded organisations will gather in 40+ global cities to hack against climate change, building prototypes of technology solutions that address 15 global climate change challenges.
There are Global and Local sponsorship opportunities available right now! Contact today!

How does #hack4good work?

Teams respond to problem statements and challenges set by NGOs, government organisations and subject matter experts, collaborating intensively over a 48-hour period. The result is 100s of prototype projects that demonstrate innovative technology solutions to have a positive impact for humanity.
In each location, a judging panel made up of technology leaders and subject matter experts will select the most promising teams in terms of their potential impact. These go forwards into global judging. The teams selected by the global judging panel will present their projects as part of Climate Week NYC alongside the UN Climate Summit in New York in September.

15 Global Climate Change Challenges

Climate Awareness Challenges

  • Public awareness - Gain a critical mass of public awareness and support for addressing climate change
  • Personal impact - Help people understand their personal impact and carbon footprint
  • Digital activism - What digital tools can we give to savvy activists and campaigners that will unlock the potential to create powerful movements for climate action?
  • Compelling visualisation - Create compelling visualisations of climate models and climate impacts
  • International negotiations - Facilitate effective international negotiations and strong international agreements

Climate Adaptation Challenges

  • Resilient communities - Build tools to empower strong, prepared and resilient communities
  • Temperature rise - Respond to heatwaves, drought and agricultural challenges
  • Extreme weather - Respond to flooding, tropical storms, wildfires and extreme sudden weather events
  • Ecosystems and nature - Protect and restore ecosystems, natural spaces and animal habitats
  • NGO collaboration - Facilitate collaboration and communication between NGOs

Climate Action Challenges

  • Consumer behaviour - Influence and encourage climate-friendly consumption choices
  • Energy production - Develop global scale solutions for low-carbon energy production
  • Responsible finance - Encourage responsible finance and divestment away from fossil fuels
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency - Increase energy efficiency, appropriate use of resources and sustainable business
  • Reforestation - End deforestation and stimulate reforestation

Where is #hack4good and how do I get involved?

Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 is In 40+ cities and participation can be online if your city does not have a physical venue!
Click "Join the Hackathon" at the top-right of this page to sign up in your city or as an online participant!

Washington DC details

Register here

Washington DC is one of the cities hosting #hack4good 0.6!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Time to consider a Public Safety Cloud and what it means for Aircraft and you.

So we're all in horror watching the news about the Malaysian Airline disappearance and the questing that keeps coming is how could this happen and what are we going to do in the future about it.

We have an answer and it's called the

Please take a look and let's start talking about solutions not excuses for a total lack of progress.  For that aren't going to look the basic notion is that we now have a need for data from our public safety agencies and those entries that they monitor to be part of hybrid cloud solutions that allows for-example data from Aircraft black boxes to be transmuted and stored upon the cloud for access from any and all public service agencies.

Think of this as "All Hazard" planning for the when not if that a plane or even a whole towns emergency services are for some reason cut off, power and backup gone, or worse the area isn't habitable.   We already know today from disasters as far away as Haiti to our own SuperStorm Sandy that not only is this a possibility, the response to helping to the immediate needs as well as recovery will be shouldered upon access to information.

A Public Safety Cloud is our only Hope.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

What's in store for the HelpEarth Foundation in 2014

So how do we top off a year like last year, 2013, we start off 2014 with boots on the ground and getting involved deeper in our local community, District of Columbia, and of course working on national and international disaster via the amazing groups and organization like CrisisCommons, Digital Humanitarian Network and CrisisWiki 2.0.

So what does getting involved in our community.  Since we finished off the year working with the Teachers, Staff and Students at Alice Deal Middle School on internal and external apps for their school community the Help Earth Foundation the experience reminded all of us how important Social Media is not just during crisis and disasters -- it's import for local business and shops, the life blood of any community, to have an understanding of the impact and needs of SM on themselves and their businesses or organizations.

So, during the year we'll be highlighting a few of these companies and asking our local community to be joining us in following them online and in the community and of course working for the #5wins.