Welcome to Canada’s first Random Hacks of Kindness. We are so excited! Toronto has over 60 people registered for the two-day hack-a-thon for humanitarian aid. You are joining over 450 attendees from 20 cities in more than 15 countries around the world. In addition, Toronto has partnered with the OpenData and Hackto.ca folks to share resources and help make the event great.
Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with all the tools available to you online before the main event. Review the problem definitions on the RHoK wiki . The definitions are still being created, so keep checking back. Some of the tools we might use to collaborate are: IRC, Skype, Github, Wiki, Google Docs, Ustream, Twitter, Facebook and Piratepad.
Registration for RHoK Toronto and ODHD is now closed. (Thursday, December 2, 2010 18:00ET)
We also are very thankful for all our sponsors. We have enough for food etc. Any extra is going to the Canadian Red Cross
Event leads are:
Technical Support is provided during the event weekend by email <RHOK_TO_TS@yahoo.com> or go to room 4-422.
Two types of projects:
(sub-links to the Open Data wiki to be added)
Current Open Data Day Projects:
1. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/Traffic Restrictions
2. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/Where Not to Rent
3. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/DataTO.org Enhancements
4. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/Open Childcare Finder
5. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/A Tool for Multi-language Translation of Data
6. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/Civic Fun-Finder
7. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/Neighbourhood Community Services Mashup
8. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/Safe Crossing for Small Animals
9. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/Not Far from the Tree
10. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/City Budget Navigator
11. Open Data Day/Toronto/Project/Stolen Bicycle Serial Number Validator
1st: Stolen Bicycle Serial Number Validator (Open Data project)
2nd: Tweak the Tweet - User Testing
3rd: Payout to Mobile
IMPORTANT - THE LOCATION FOR RHoK Toronto has been changed. Please update your details and plans.
Main event: December 4 - 5 , 2010
Times:Arrival 8-9:00am ET, Official start: 9:00am ET
University of Toronto,
OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)
Rooms 4410, 4414, 4418,4426, 4420,4422
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V5
(We apologize for the short notice, but the event is now full)
Saturday, December 4, 2010
8:00 - 9:00 Arrive and enjoy breakfast
9:00 -9:30am Introductions and Questions
9:30 - 11:30 Start coding, brainstorming
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 More coding
5:00 - 6:00 Stand-up - Quick Discussion Demos about your team’s work
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - ongoing (Optional to stay late.Otherwise, we'll see you the next day)
Midnight - home?
(The OpenData team members may only be doing one day of the event in conjunction with the Global Open Data event. You are more than welcome to join us for two days.)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
8:00 - 9:00 Arrive and enjoy breakfast
9-11:30 More coding
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 3:00 Go teams!
3:00 - 5:30 Demos and Prizes
6:00pm End of formal event
Post-event -dinner provided
We are providing:
RHoK Global is providing stickers and tshirts
The rhokTO team (thanks to our sponsors)will provide you with food and beverages.
You should bring
Here are some tips to prepare for judging: http://wiki.rhok.org/Presenting_Projects_and_Problems
Adam Thody Architech Solutions
Adam is a life-long geek, who helps his clients solve knotty business problems with technology. As a senior consultant and technical lead for Architech Solutions, he helps enterprise organizations build powerful, usable, high-availability systems to better serve their customers. In his relatively non-existent spare time, he enjoys hacking on various personal projects, including DataTO.org.
Stephanie Ashton Smith is the Senior Manager of the Gifts In Kind Program for Plan International Canada. She is one of Canada’s leading experts on pharmaceutical donations in post disaster and development applications. She has previously developed and managed the Gift In Kind Program for UNICEF Canada, and was the former Co-Chair of the Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Unit for ChildFund Alliance. She has worked on a number of projects in collaboration with other organizations, including the construction and equipping of a pediatric wing in Ethiopia with The Clinton Foundation. In her present role, she works to increase access to essential medicines, in addition to providing technical support on resource procurement and logistics for emergencies.
Joey is Microsoft Canada's accordion-playing, hyper-blogging, phone-developing Developer Evangelist. Joey helps organize Microsoft events like the TechDays cross-Canada conferences, community events like DemoCamp and smaller, more regular tech gathering such as Coffee and Code. His current projects include helping developers build Windows Phone 7 apps and blogging actively at Canadian Developer Connection and Global Nerdy.
Ben is a self described "Hyper, Helpful Hooligan". He's been building early stage Internet Service Providers since the early 90s and in 2006, co-founded a successful hosted PBX service provider, offering IP phone services to businesses across Canada. These days, Ben can be found excitedly waving his arms at Tucows, the world's third largest wholesale domain name registrar, offering domain registrations, email and SSL through a custom built API. As head of community for Tucows, Ben enjoys spending his days talking to his reseller customers, where he excitedly talks and blogs about all things Internet. He can also be found on his personal blog at CommunityGuy.ca where he writes about the importance of the open Internet, customer service, IPTV, VoIP and related technologies.
We are so thankful for our sponsors help to make this happen: