We're done! Thanks to everyone who came and hacked and helped out for a fantastic weekend. The projects and the people were just awesome. We had more than 80 active hackers working on 13 projects.
RHoK NYC was hosted by Parsons the New School for Design near Union Square. Parsons and the RHoK team are working with UN Global Pulse, who had their own workshop just before RHoK 2.0 and helped prepare problem definitions for all the RHoKers worldwide.
We had a great time, and thank-you all for coming.
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We all saw that some awesome work was done, with the local judges wanting to reward everyone. Watch all of the winners get recognized at the prize ceremony!
In the end the featured hacks were
with a special "Best Small team Hack" given to OpenScribble
We were lucky enough to have a number of problem owners here in NYC, and teams in New York worked on the projects listed above:
Thanks to the generosity of Google, Microsoft and other partners we're going to be awarding great prizes to the best hacks. For a project to be eligible it has to be linked from the NYC RHoK 2.0 Competition by 12:00 noon on Sunday. The Judging Criteria are how the esteemed panel will be choosing the winners.
Our panel of judges includes
The opening session is now concluded. Please watch the recorded problem statement presentations!
If you haven't signed in yet, please go to the Hersh Room on Level 2 at 55 West 13th Street at the Theresa Lang Center.
Registration for NYC are closed! If you're still keen to take part and work on a problem then you can join the IRC channel, join a team and contribute.
Event leads are:
This is a hackathon/barcamp style event (flavors of both). Check this out: hackathon, barcamp. What this means is that we get folks together and they collaborate on a project for a period of time, in this case, about 26 hours. All these project definitions have a theme of disaster and crisis humanitarian relief. Other than the initial kickoff and some checkpoints throughout the day (oh, and food), there won't be much structure to the event. We can help to direct the participants to particular interests or match skills the day of the event, but it will also be up to you to find your home, projects that interest you, area of research you want to dive down, or folks you want to collaborate with. Ultimately, you will want to become part of a 'team'. And your team could also include other RHoK cities, and you may choose to take a project started in another city, or bring folks onto your team from theirs. This is why we want to ensure we are setup for the collab part too (see below).
You may know some friends before you arrive and have some ideas of things you want to work on, or you may connect with folks before the event, others will not know until they show up on Saturday where they can fit in. Don't worry, it will work out if you are nervous. Although the focus sometimes seems on coders at these events, and we do have a lot of tech folks, a well rounded team often also includes a manager/team-lead (really really important, keeps you on schedule), graphic designers, documentation folks, presentation experts, social media resources, information-experts, architects, usability designers, etc. There are no limits to team size, although we believe that the innovation part happens best with smaller teams, 4-8, although teams of 1 and 2 are common too.
The focus on specific projects, with a team approach is important. Teams will work on their solution, and do a presentation (which could also include a demo) on Sunday, which will be judged. There will be REAL PRIZES for First, Second, and Third place teams (more detail will be published on these).
The projects are defined around problem definitions in the space of crisis and disaster relief. There are some broad reaching, big thinking projects, which could have many pieces or phases, which you may want to bite off just a slice of. There are others which are smaller, and could be completed in the time of the hackathon. Some (many) are carry over from previous hackathons, perhaps you want to continue those or take them into a new direction. And not all the projects necessarily have to result in a completed/coded solution. Some could be prototypes of ideas. Others could be research proposals or analysis based. We encourage collaboration, both within and across cities. However, if a team takes a parallel approach to a problem definition solution that another city/team has started, this isn't the end of the world, the problem space that one solves will never be exactly the same as someone else, this is part of the innovation cycle. Parallel tracks off the same idea are therefore perfectly ok.
Participants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to review the problem definitions on the wiki in advance of the event. New problem definitions may be added before Saturday, others are being tweaked, others will be conceived that day (by you or a SME that might attend the event): Problem_Definitions_RHoK2.0. And some, as you will notice, are at varying degrees of detail or structure. Oh well, we will have to just go with what we have, but realize that if you are unfamiliar with the 'domain' of crisis/disaster management, that is ok, just learn what you can.
There's more detail about the NYC projects and problems at the bottom of this page.
Hosted by UN Global Pulse and NASA, special guest speakers include UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Google VP of Research Alfred Spector, RHoK founder Patrick Svenburg from Microsoft as well as the Dean of Parsons Joel Towers. Note: Registrations have closed for the reception.
Time: 6pm-8pm (speeches start at 7pm) Location: Digital Sandbox, 55 Broad Street New York City
Note: registrations have closed for the main event this weekend. If you're a developer passionate to contribution you can either work from home or contact us as there will likely be cancellations and last minute slots.
Sat morning: we will be meeting at a location Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, and then for the rest of the weekend we'll be doing working sessions and group presentations at 55 West 13th Street (Theresa Lang Student Center + adjacent conf. room + classrooms booked on the 8th and 9th floors). Group presentations and food will be on the 2nd floor.
All participants need to register online at the RHoK website (follow the events link) and in person on Saturday morning where you can pickup badges. Registration is important because
We’ll have a registration desk available after Saturday morning on the 2nd floor of 55 West 13th Street.
Parsons is providing guest access to the WiFi network for RHoK NYC participants all weekend. Usernames/logins will be provided at registration, but you’ll have to complete and sign a waiver, and provide your computer’s MAC address. The form is attached: if you can bring it along with you registration will go quicker, but we’ll have them at the desk on Saturday morning as well.
Saturday, December 4th: starts at Tishman Auditorium 66 12th St and then moves for lunch and after to 55 West 13th Street (Theresa Lang Student Center + adjacent conf. room + classrooms booked on the 8th and 9th floors)
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 Registration and Breakfast/Coffee (Tishman Auditorium 66 12th St) 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 Welcome from Parsons and RHoK core team. Introduction to problems. We'll have problem owners present and show videos of problem introductions. 11:00 a.m. to whenever (up to 22:00) Teams form and hack. in rooms 55 West 13th Street (Theresa Lang Student Center + adjacent conf. room + classrooms booked on the 8th and 9th floors)
Meals: you're welcome to keep working but we'll also have food available
12:30-13:30 Lunch, 2nd Floor 55 West 13th Street (Theresa Lang Student Center) 17:00-18:00 Pizza and video presenations from teams in other locations worldwide, 2nd Floor 55 West 13th Street (Theresa Lang Student Center)
A lunch and pizza dinner will be provided, and there are lots of other food locations and great coffee nearby.
Sunday, December 5th: 55 West 13th Street (Theresa Lang Student Center + adjacent conf. room + classrooms booked on the 8th and 9th floors), New York City
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m Breakfast and Coffee 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Hacking with teams 12:00 p.m. Projects submitted for consideration for prizes 12:30 p.m. Lunch is available 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m Presentations by teams, 2nd floor 55 West 13th Street (Theresa Lang Student Center) 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m Judging, Winners and Prizes followed by drinks.