Technology can make some strange bedfellows. NASA, Google, Microsoft, The World Bank and Yahoo! are inviting software developers, computer experts and students to a hackathon where they will have a specific time to solve significant software challenges.
At the end of the two-day, Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) marathon, a panel of experts will review each hack. The winners will earn prizes and the opportunity to see their applications put to use to respond to critical disaster risk challenges, NASA stated.
According to its Web site: " RHoK organizes hackathons - marathon hacking events with multiple global locations bringing together developers from all over to hack on real-world problems. It works with subject matter experts from around the world and our close collaborators over at Crisis Commons to define and refine those problems through Crisis Camps and in small groups, turning them into concrete problem definitions or "Featured Hacks".
At every RHoK Hackathon the Featured Hacks are thrown out to the RHoK community, and the developers work their hacking magic to create software solutions to respond to those problems and make the world a better place. Each RHoK hackathon is structured as a codejam - a fast-paced competition where software developers have a set amount of time to solve the challenges they are given. At the end of the two-day marathon of hacking, a panel will review each hack, and the winners will walk away with prizes, as well as the right to call themselves "RHoKstars" ever after."
The RHoK event on Dec. 4 and 5 will take place in Aarhus, Denmark; Nairobi, Kenya; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Chicago, Illinois; Bangalore, India and numerous satellite locations. This is RHoK's third hackathon.
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