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International Sanitation Hackathon Finalists Announced

BY Julia Wetherell | Wednesday, March 27 2013

The Sanitation Hackathon website, with map indicating hacking site around the world.

Over one weekend last December, programmers in 40 cities across six continents took part in a simultaneous effort to develop tech-based solutions to sanitation problems. 1,100 participants in the World Bank-organized International Sanitation Hackathon ultimately developed 30 new apps, addressing issues from public defecation to inadequate menstruation resources to sewage disposal.  Last week the World Bank announced the top ten finalists

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Open Data Day: Lessons for Hacktivists

BY David Eaves | Thursday, March 14 2013

International Open Data Day 2013 in Ghana (credit: Mobile Web Ghana/Flickr)

Now in its third year, Open Data Day events is far bigger than we ever dared imagine. More interesting still is its impact, both expected and unexpected. Read More

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Techies Gather in Port Au Prince for Haiti's First Hackathon

BY Tate Watkins | Monday, February 11 2013

Participants in Haiti's first hackathon (credit: Tate Watkins)

Computer science graduate student Richardson Ciguené describes Haiti's first hackathon with a play on a local term: "konbit technologie." “A konbit,” Ciguené explains, “is something that, in the countryside, where people live more off of the earth, they’re farmers, so they make a group. One day they work the field of one person, the next day they work the field of another person. They do that until everyone’s field is worked.”

The hackathon had the same core concept. It brought technologists and civil society workers together to start working on some of the nation's toughest problems. Read More

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Women Programmers Fight Sexual Harassment at India’s First All-Female Hackathon

BY Julia Wetherell | Thursday, December 13 2012

Bangalore was the scene of the first all-female hackathon in India this week. The event brought developers together to collaborate on humanitarian projects that could improve the lives of women across the country. Read More

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Phone Apps for Toilets: Hackathon Mobilizes Techies for Hygiene Solutions

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, December 6 2012

Last weekend the International Sanitation Hackathon took place simultaneously in 40 cities across the globe, from Vancouver to Jakarta and Helsinki to Porto Alegre. The World Bank-organized event brought together development workers and techies to brainstorm solutions to a problem that confounds the developing world — poor sanitation and waste disposal, which causes disease and raises mortality rates. Read More

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Montreal Hackathon Aims to Combat Government Corruption

BY Elisabeth Fraser | Monday, November 12 2012

Hackons la Corruption (credit: QuebecOuvert)

Canada's first anti-corruption hackathon was held this past weekend in Montreal, which has been rocked by nearly two years of corruption scandals involving construction kickbacks, organized crime and prominent politicians. Read More

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Upcoming Hackathon to Investigate Influence of EU Lobbyists

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, October 25 2012

The Open Knowledge Foundation and the European Journalism Centre are hosting a hackathon aimed at creating tools that will make the influence of EU lobbyists more transparent. Open Interests Europe will take place in London at the Google Campus Cafe on November 24-25. Read More

How Open Source Might Help the Midwest Recover From Drought

BY Bailey McCann | Wednesday, October 24 2012

Can hackers help farmers recover from drought? Photo: Carl W. Wyckoff / Flickr

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Farmers in the drought-stricken Midwest are finishing up their harvest after a historically bad drought year. Agriculture in the United States is a high-tech industry built on precision mapping and mobile tools. Can open-source hackers help farmers bounce back? Read More

The Europe Roundup: Wikitalia Foundation, Another Step to Open the Government

BY Antonella Napolitano | Sunday, November 13 2011

Italy | Wikitalia Foundation: Another Step to Open the Government Next Monday in Rome a special celebration of the World Wide Web will take place: "Happy birthday web," a public event made of talks and workshops on ... Read More

Civic Hackers in the U.S. and Russia Asked to 'Code4Country'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 9 2011

In the past few years, groups of civic-minded programmers have shown that when they get together to write code, they can build things that change anything from the way people respond to natural disasters to how they ... Read More