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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