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Welcome to the rhok community


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Welcome to the rhok community


RHoK is the largest and longest running social hackathon in Australia. We connect technologists who want to make a difference with organisations that have social impact to create open source solutions to societal challenges

In the last four years, our community has helped over 50 charities and social enterprises find tech enabled solutions to pressing social problems. We are widely acknowledged in Australia as one of the pioneers in this space. Our passionate changemakers and hackers come from every corner of the country. We're committed to finishing the work we start. Our unique combination of hackathons and smaller follow up events ensure that we get our solutions across the finish line and positively impact the wider community.

Coming to a RHoK event is a chance to see what good collaboration looks like. After years of iterating we've learned how to make the process run like a well oiled machine. Sometimes it can be complicated and  frustrating, but mostly it's fun, rewarding and makes a real difference. For many, we're a place to learn - not just coding, but business analysis, design, user experience skills and more. We encourage people from all walks of life, and with varying levels of skill sets and backgrounds to join us. 

Perhaps most importantly, RHoK is open by nature. Our processes are transparent, everything we make is open source, we're honest about our mistakes, and we celebrate our wins with the whole community. Come to one of our events... and see for yourself. 

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What Do We Do?


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What Do We Do?


RHoK


RHoK Australia runs weekend hackathons in summer and winter every year. These happen simultaneously in five different locations across Australia. Over the course of 48 hours, teams assemble around our changemakers to work fast and furious, have fun, and create real social impact. It's an opportunity to work in a collaborative environment to help create innovative technology solutions to social problems. 

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RHoLL


At RHoK Australia we finish what we start. We want to come up with solutions that are actually used by the wider community. So, during the year we run what are known as RHoLLs, where our changemakers get together with our hackers to continue working on individual projects. This is where the real nuts and bolts happen. We pride ourselves on finishing what we start, and this is something that sets us apart from other hackathons.

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How Does a Hackathon Work?


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How Does a Hackathon Work?


A hackathon is an event in which people come together to collaborate intensively over a short period of time on software projects. 

Our hackathons keep the speechifying and admin to a bare minimum, and spend more time on development. We provide light snacks, fruit and drinks to keep blood sugar levels up, and often provide either a substantial lunch or dinner. You can work as late as 11.00pm on the first day, or head home a little earlier to catch up on some sleep. 

There are small prizes, but mostly our participants do it because they get to use their valuable skills to make a real difference.

SATURDAY 

9:00 - 9:30 get set up, and ready for 2 great days
9.30 – 9.45 welcome and registration
9.45 - 10.30 choose teams to work with
11.00 - 19.00 hack!
19.00 – 20.00 dinner (on us)
20.00 – 23.00 more time to design and develop

SUNDAY 

8.00 – 13.00 coding continues
14.00  14:30 time to down tools
14.30 – 15.30 10 minutes for each team to present their work
15.30 – 16.00 judges deliberate
16.00 – 16.30 awards and prizes
16.30  late come share a drink nearby to unwind

The safety and comfort of all our participants is very important to us. RHoK expects all participants to adhere to our code of conduct at our various events. 

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Have You Got a Problem Worth Solving?


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Have You Got a Problem Worth Solving?


We looking for ‘Goldilocks’ problems; they need to be small enough so that they can be progressed over a weekend, but large enough to make a real difference

RHoK works with grassroots non-profits, community groups and social enterprises that are working to deliver social impact projects for the greater good. Utilising the skills of talented technologists and creative thinkers we aim to realise projects that may otherwise not get developed to deliver benefit back to the community. 

We work closely with our changemakers in the lead up to the hackathon to make sure they have something which our hackers can readily take on. The solutions we create are open-source and our approach is lean and agile. 

If you think you have a problem or an initiative that you think may be suitable for us then get in touch! We may be able to help.