Toronto Receives Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)

November 30, 2012 The Architech Team

On December 1 and 2, Toronto software developers, technologists, data enthusiasts, designers, subject matter experts and concerned citizens will participate in a weekend-long code-a-thon, encouraging problem solving, idea hacking and innovation. Architech is proud to sponsor RHoKTO once again as participants brainstorm problem definitions and produce technical tools for humanitarian aid.

Random Hacks of Kindness Toronto

Globally, RHoK “is a process that begins with problem definition, continues through rapid prototyping of a solution at a hackathon event, and culminates in working with the experts and technologists alike to create a sustainability plan for promising applications to ensure they make it out into the real world.” Created in 2009 as a collaborative project by organizations such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, the World Bank, and NASA, global RHoK events have grown to include more than 5,500 innovators across 30 countries.

Past RHoKTO projects resulted in a micro-collaboration tool for journalists worldwide, a data visualization tool for at-risk housing areas in Toronto, a project to raise awareness for drinking water advisories in Canadian First Nations communities, an ultrasound imaging tool to reduce maternal mortality rates in Nepal, and a community platform to engage students and teachers in classrooms around the world.

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