Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Australia is a part of a global community of technologists who are 'hacking for good'. Twice a year, we run hackathons that bring together volunteer developers and tech-savvy do-gooders to work with charities, community groups and social enterprises. We have one of the most vibrant and engaged RHoK communities in the world, and are the country's largest and longest running civic hackathon. We also offer an ongoing program during the year to make sure that solutions are deployed and used by the wider community.
RHoK Australia runs weekend hackathons in summer and winter every year. These happen simultaneously in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Over the course of 48 hours, teams assemble to work fast and furious, eat, drink, win prizes, have fun and create prototype open source solutions with real social impact. It's an opportunity to work in a collaborative environment to help create real technology solutions to social problems.
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.
At RHoK hackathons we 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. There are many great local cafes, restaurants and stores around to grab a more substantial lunch or dinner. You can work as late as 11.00pm, or head home a little earlier to catch up on some sleep. There are prizes but mostly our hackers do it because they get to use their valuable skills to make a real difference.
9:00 - 9:30 get set up, and ready for 2 great days
9.30 – 9.45 welcome and registration
9.45 - 10.30 choosing problem areas to work on, and 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
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
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 problem owners 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.