To help create new technologies for charities as part of Random Hacks of Kindness a number of hackers and industry professionals have joined together. More than 50 people gathered for the event that has previously helped the UN, Red Cross and MSF.
The teams have come together this year to compete to create the best programs and technology for Oxfam, the Missing Maps Project, MDA and the the Financial basics foundation. Bruce Stronge- the organiser of the event said that each of the challengers would be helping make the world a little bit better.
It is noted that a previous project that is part of the challenge every year has already helped many and potentially saved lives. However charities such as MDA and Oxfam were looking for ways to boost their registrations and become more user friendly. The challenge MDA are giving the technologists is helping their young refugees better connect with mentors in Australia to help them find employment.
Coders are not the only one attracted to these events, they give a chance for people such as content writers and project managers to work with the team to create a successful product. “We get people who may be looking for work in software and for them to be surrounded by more experienced software leaders, working with them over a weekend they get a chance to pick up some skill”, said Bruce