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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 9:00AM – 5:00PM
The Lalit Ashok Hotel, Bangalore, India
Registration: Free (advance registration required)

Please join us for the first ever Grace Hopper Celebration India Hackathon! 
Please register here to participate in this event. This event is free and open to only 50 women developers on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please contact: GHCIndia_Hackathon@anitaborg.org.

WHY HACKATHON?

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) adoption and usage is becoming widespread and many employment opportunities require experience on FOSS projects. It can be daunting to know how to contribute to an existing FOSS project or release your individual software tool or application under an open source license. To help in this regard, The Grace Hopper India Conference is hosting a hackathon, an entire day where participants can learn how to contribute to a FOSS project, begin contributing to one of the Humanitarian FOSS (HFOSS) projects, and network with other participants interested in contributing to Open Source.

We invite you to come spend the day coding for humanitarian causes with a group largely made up of women developers. At the end of the day, you will walk away with new confidence when engaging with an existing FOSS project or starting your own community developed software project. You will also walk away with the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped make the world a little better for those in need.

HACKATHON ACTIVITIES

●      Hackathon for Humanity: 
With the guidance of experienced mentors and facilitators, hackathon attendees will collaborate to write code with their peers for FOSS projects that support humanitarian initiatives and goals. All of the humanitarian projects participating in the hackathon have a need for contribution from developer. All experience levels are welcome.

●      Networking Over Code
: This is your chance to do some hands-on geeking out with developers from other organisations and with different experience.

PARTICIPATING PROJECTS:

●      OpenMRS:

OpenMRS’s mission is to improve health care delivery in resource-constrained environments by coordinating a global community to create and support this software.

OpenMRS is a software platform and a reference application that enables design of a customized medical records system with no programming knowledge (although medical and systems analysis knowledge is required). It is a common platform upon which medical informatics efforts in developing countries can be built. The system is based on a conceptual database structure that is not dependent on the actual types of medical information required to be collected or on particular data collection forms and so can be customized for different uses.

OpenMRS is based on the principle that information should be stored in a way that makes it easy to summarize and analyze, i.e., minimal use of free text and maximum use of coded information. At its core is a concept dictionary that stores all diagnosis, tests, procedures, drugs and other general questions and potential answers. OpenMRS is a client-server application, which means it is designed to work in an environment where many client computers access the same information on a server.

Project website: http://openmrs.org/

Developer Information is at: http://openmrs.org/help/developers/

●      Camfed: Education can change everything

Since 1993, Camfed has educated girls and supported young women to help tackle poverty in rural communities.

More than 1,940,700 children in the poorest areas of Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe have benefited from Camfed innovative education programs. Investing in girls and women is a proven way to improve the health and wealth of a whole nation.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 24 million girls can’t afford to go to school. A girl may marry as young as 13 and has a one in 22 chance of dying in childbirth. One in six of her children will die before the age of five. Research shows if you educate a girl she’ll:

-Earn up to 25% more and reinvest 90% in her family.
-Be three times less likely to become HIV-positive.
-Have fewer, healthier children who are 40% more likely to live past the age of five.

Project website: https://camfed.org

Project code is at: https://github.com/CamfedCode/Camfed

●      RapidFTR:

In every emergency, whether a natural disaster or an armed conflict, the commotion of survival and flight leads to the separation of children from their caregivers, leaving children vulnerable to violence, economic and sexual exploitation, and trafficking. Current practices to document separated children are outdated, inefficient and paper-driven. As a result, precious hours and days are lost in efforts to reunite children with their caregivers.

RapidFTR is a versatile open-source mobile phone application and data storage system that seeks to expedite this process by helping humanitarian workers collect, sort and share information about unaccompanied and separated children in emergency situations so they can be registered for care services and reunited with their families. RapidFTR is specifically designed to streamline and speed up Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) efforts both in the immediate aftermath of a crisis and during ongoing recovery efforts.

RapidFTR is an open source, volunteer-driven project, under active development by the Child Protection in Emergencies Team at UNICEF, and has received funding from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund and UNICEF Supply Division.

Project website: http://rapidftr.com

Developer information is at: http://www.rapidftr.com/developer

●     Random Hacks of Kindness(RHOK)

RHOK is a rapidly growing global initiative encompassing a community of over 5,500 innovators in over 30 countries making the world a better place by developing practical, open source technology solutions to respond to some of the most complex challenges facing humanity.

We will be selecting a few problems from the available RHOK problem list before the Hackathon depending on participant preferences.

Project Website: http://http://www.rhok.org/

The Problem statements are at http://www.rhok.org/problems

●      Last but not the least we are also looking for problems which lend themselves for developing ‘Proof Of Concept’ in a days’ time and can be done in a language of participant’s choice.

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