Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Australia is a part of a global community of technologists and changemakers 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.
RHoK was originally started as a global initiative in 2009 by a number of big science and technology organizations in the United States. We've been running in Australia since 2011. RHoK events now take place in four locations across the country.
We have one of the most vibrant and engaged RHoK communities in the world, and are Australia's largest and longest running hackathon for social good. We also offer ongoing support 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, Brisbane, and in two locations in Sydney. Over the course of 48 hours, teams assemble to work fast and furious, 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 innovative 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.
A hackathon is an event in which people come together to collaborate intensively over a short period of time on software projects. At RHoK hackathons, we build technology solutions for organizations that have a social impact.
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.
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
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.
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.