- Rock on RHoK Toronto
We are super fond of hackathons in the TinEye HQ so when we heard about Random Hacks of Kindness Toronto was gearing up for its bi-annual event in June, we decided to land a hand as a sponsor. TinEye will be hosting RHoK Toronto for the opening night and we are excited to welcome you all in our TinEye HQ.
What is Random Hacks of Kindness?
Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) is a joint initiative between Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! NASA and the World Bank. The objective is to bring together subject matter experts around disaster management and crisis response with volunteer software developers and designers in order to create solutions that have an impact in the field.
“RHoK’s model starts from identifying, defining and refining problem definitions provided by subject matter experts and local stakeholders. This ensures that volunteer time is focused on solving real problems for real people.”
The mission here is of course to make the world a better place. :)
RHoK has hosted 4 global events to date, in 45 cities around the globe with over 4000 participants. During the RHoK 4 global event in December 2011, over 120 problems were addressed by 110 technology solutions. Solutions developed by the RHoK community have been used by organizations such as the World Bank, governments, emergency responders, and citizens.
As RHoK Toronto was gearing up for its bi-annual event on June 1-3, we took a peak at their planning ahead of the event on June 2nd. The first evening was the Pitch Night and Design Jam evening on May 15th which was held at Bento Miso a Queen West co-working space for tech and game developers. We listened to a number of pitches from participants. Each pitch was followed by a Q&A which allowed further definition of the problem to be solved and a bit of a dive into the issues at hand, and perhaps what an ideal solution would be. At the end of the pitch presentations participants joined the pitch (or problem) they were most interested in solving.
At the end of the evening the following problems (projects) were defined:
- a platform to record, transfer and review ultrasound images from remote areas in Nepal. This will allow doctors and trained nurses to review ultrasound images with the aim to reduce maternal mortality rates in remote Nepalese areas.
- Microcollaboration for journalists: InvestigateNet. This project would see the creation of a web based, social-enabled tool to help journalists anywhere – even with limited access to basic information technology — to collaborate and gain access to fundamental information, and foster deeper collaborations in the process.
- Water Voices: – a 3-part project that aims to improve First Nations access to water and sanitation through a geo-spatial water database, voice-to-SMS integration of the SMS platform and an open source CMS.
- Interactive mapping platform to overlay apartment inspection data in the city of Toronto with user and organization contributed data to engage communities and in campaigns for fair housing and to expedite repairs.
Friday June 1st, 2012 – Reception!
Join us on Friday night. You will meet judges, participants, special guest and will get an opportunity to hear about the projects you will be hacking on during the wekend.
Where: TinEye 223 Queen St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada M5A 1S2
6-9pm: Meet & Greet with other participants (refreshments will be served)
Main Event! Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3
Saturday June 2nd, 2012
- Registration & Breakfast: 9:00 – 10:00am
- Introductions: 10:00-11:00am
- Hacking: 11:00am- 5:00pm
- First Day re-cap: 5:00pm
- Hacking & GameChangers Social: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday June 3rd, 2012
- Breakfast: 9:00 – 10:00am
- Hacking: 10:00 am -3:00 pm
- Pitch Competition and Judging (and prizes!): 3:00pm-5:00pm
[RHoKERS photograph (c) Bento Miso]
- Hackathon! TinEye heading to Vancouver for HackVAN
TinEye is heading to Vancouver. We will be co-hosting HackVAN an API HackDAY on Saturday August 20, 2011 in the Vancouver Mozilla office. And we will be bringing our awesome multicolor and visual search APIs.
And you too can join us. Sign up to participate.
HackVAN brings developers together for an all-day hackathon to build great applications with the available and supported APIs. Developers of all experience levels are welcome. Please come to build an new application, finish the application you have been thinking about for months, find a partner to start building your application (perhaps the start of a new venture) or simply to share ideas with other developers.
Your admission provides you with breakfast, lunch, snacks, beers and of course the opportunity to win some awesome prizes provided your application excites our HackVAN judges!
HackVAN will follow the standard HackDays event format: we will start at 9 AM so join us for coffee and to listen to the API presentations, then start building your great application in a team or by yourself . At the end of the day, each team will present their application, and the judges will select the winners and award the HackVAN prizes. Over $4,000 in prizes.
HackVAN is brought to you by: Context.IO, FreshBooks, Mozilla, Shopify, Twilio, YellowPages, TinEye. And you will be able to work with their APIs during HackVAN.
- When: Vancouver, Saturday August 20, 2011
- Where: Mozilla Vancouver, 163 West Hastings Street, Suite 200- Vancouver
- Time: 9 AM to 6 PM
- Registration: is now open
If you want to schedule some time with our developers at HackVAN, send an email to hi (at) tineye.com and we will get you set up!
Tweet about it using #hackvan
- TinEye is heading to Calgary!
Our next hacking event as part of HackDays is happening in Calgary. We just wrapped up our Waterloo Hackathon and are looking forward to meeting Calgary developers in June. If you are not familiar with our hackathons: we organize monthly hacking events that bring together the brightest developers across Canada. We work together in a day, in a space to hack and create awesome applications using local APIs. HackDays selects local APIs, make them available to participating developers with expert guidance from the API providers and an environment where you are going to be excited about hacking and creating! The hack day is also a competition: as a developer you will compete for great prizes and glory! And this is all done in a day! So if this is up your alley, join us in Calgary:
Date: Saturday June 4th, 2011 in Calgary!
Time: 9 AM to 6 PM
Registration: All developers are welcome to register. Registration fee is $10.00. Your registration includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks + the chance to meet other awesome developers and companies.
APIs: If you know of a local company with a fantastic API you would like to work with, please let them know about HackCGY drop us an email would love to hear from you.
Sponsors: HackCGY is brought to you by our incredible sponsors including: Freshbooks, iStockPhoto, TinEye and YellowPages. We are of course still looking for additional sponsors to make HackCGY the best it can be, so please drop us an email if you are interested in being a sponsor.
We have held HackDays in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Waterloo but if this is your first time attending our hack events, here is what to expect and how to prepare. We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Calgary.