Humanitarian Toolbox Hack a thon, Day 1
I’m really happy with the response we got from the first night of the Humanitarian Toolbox hackathon at DevIntersections. We’re creating innovations that have a real human impact. WP_20130409_001 We didn’t really know what to expect.  Would conference attendees give up a free night after a day of learning new technologies to build more software?  Thankfully, the answer was yes.  We had a great team of developers helping us start building a crisis checkin system for disaster relief workers.  I’m confident that if we get some of the right people to attend tonight, we have a chance to make significant progress on the user stories for our first sprint. It was great to see developers that hadn’t even met each other sit down, discuss designs, create code, and help us build software to make disaster response more effective. There were three key events that make me very excited about where this can go:
  1. We were starting from nothing, and this morning we have working software.
  2. The folks that came wanted to apply what they’ve learned at DevIntersections to this project (more below).
  3. We continued to get commits after we all left at 10:00 pm.
One of the main sessions yesterday was JavaScript Jumpstart, where he explained his HotTowel template to attendees.  Our first app is using the HotTowel template. Thanks to John Papa for creating a great framework, and inspiring the team. The big goal is that this is the start of something.  It’s not a one time event.  We need to continue building software, creating real applications that real relief workers have asked for.  We’re using innovation to create real impact in real disaster situations. We’ve got another session tonight at DevIntersections, where we plan to finish the user stories that are in progress. If you’re at DevIntersections, please come by and help.  If not, don’t worry.  After this hack-a-thon, we’re going to open the source control system and the task board to everyone. We’ve got a few tasks to get done to make that happen, but we’ll get it done. Overall, I’m really impressed with the beginning we made.  I’m constantly impressed by the commitment, dedication, and contribution the software development community will make.  We are asking developers to give up their free time to build software that aids relief workers. We are getting great response.  I’m excited to see what we’ll build next.
Created: 4/10/2013 4:23:43 PM

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