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A Burgeoning Hacker Culture in Haiti

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, January 23 2014

A scene from the 2013 Haiti hackathon (EricGoldhagen/Flickr)

Haiti's first hackathon ever took place only one year ago, in February 2013, but since then students at the Ecole Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haiti (ESIH) have held two more hacking events and are even now forming a coding club called Enjoy.code. More than 100 students have applied to be a part of the new club. In an interview with techPresident, the Directeur Général of ESIH Patrick Attie talked about the burgeoning hacker culture in his school.

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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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A Map For Haiti's Success Stories

BY Julia Wetherell | Wednesday, January 16 2013

Over the past several years, the proliferation of crisis mapping has provided a hyperlocal perspective on the threats faced by people throughout the world — in conflict zones and corrupt states, under governments practicing human rights violations and in areas ravaged by natural disasters. Yet in Haiti, where crisis mapping played a significant role in the response to the 2010 earthquake, a group of community action workers wants to turn the concept on its head. Read More

Housekeeping: Ignite, State Dept. Edition

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 10 2010

Blogging today will, for me, be light. The U.S. State Department is playing host to an Ignite-style event on technology's role in the re-development of Haiti, and that's where I'll be. Read More

Ann Curry Tweets Disasters

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 20 2010

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Haiti vs #MASen: Keeping Things in Perspective

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 19 2010

Politics junkies in the U.S. are focusing rabidly on today's special election in the Massachusetts Senate race, but it's worth noting that Haiti is still garnering much more attention online. Here's the Trendistic chart ... Read More

Haiti Disaster Finds Obama Tech Corps in Familiar Territory

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, January 15 2010

With all due sensitivity, the tremendous disaster unfolding in Haiti as a result of Tuesday's earthquake just outside Port-au-Prince is putting the new media and tech experts inside the Obama Administration in what is a ... Read More

Haiti: A Fresh Look, From the Air

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 14 2010

Google put together this before-and-after shot using newly available imagery of Haiti, post-earthquake. Google announced last night that it has released a map layer with up-to-date imagery of Haiti. The imagery, which ... Read More