Changemakers

We are 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.
— someone clever in a moment of clarity at a RHoK hackathon

Next hackathon: June 2018

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How do we RHoK?

What can RHoK do for me?

What you get out of RHoK is a direct result of what you put in. Our most successful projects are the result of a lot of pre-work. Once we have accepted your application, we put you in touch with technologists, professionals and all-round superstars to help you really understand your problem and get an applicable solution. 

What can I expect?

While RHoK won’t be your full time job, you’ll need to be able to commit time to your project. Success is directly linked to the maturity of an idea and we want you to succeed! We hold a changemaker session to prep you for the event, but be prepared to attend our Ideation and Info Nights, as well as the full weekend for the Hackathon. A member of our organising committee may also request that you do more pre-work, so please be prepared for that!

You will probably be asked a lot of questions about yourself and your skills, as well as how you came up with your idea and what social impact you’re hoping to have. Everyone from our organisers, to our hackers and even our judges will want to know your story. Passion speaks volumes here, so feel free to go into as much detail as you like. We also want to make sure that you’re solving a problem in a unique or innovative way. If there’s someone else already solving your problem, why doesn’t that work how you think it should? 

Am I eligible?

Good question!  Generally speaking, we are looking for charities, community groups and social enterprises who have a problem that can be solved with professional help. This could be technical, creative, business management or a mixture of these.

In order to better understand your problem's eligibility to hack with RHoK, consider the following:

Does your problem have a community impact?  

At RHoK we strive to make the world a better place, one hack at a time.  To do this, we look to hack solutions that have a positive impact on the environment and communities around us. This can be global or hyper-local as long as the social impact is clear and measurable. We find the RHoK model is most suited to organisations that are well established with the structure and resources to ensure that the solution developed during the hackathon can be carried forward beyond the weekend by the changemaker organisation.  

Are you a subject matter expert and able to own the solution?

Hackathons a great fun and can really produce great outcomes and solutions, but nobody enjoys hacking a solution that is destined to be thrown away or just left to gather dust (yes, even digital solutions can gather dust… metaphorically).  Software is not just for Christmas.

Are you open to being challenged?

When changemakers come to RHoK with an idea of what they are going to have by the end of it, they often walk away with something completely different. This is because at RHoK, hacking is a partnership between the changemakers and the hackers. Ideas are challenged and plans change rapidly based on timelines, expertise and different ways of thinking.  It’s best to approach a RHoK Hackathon with an idea in mind, while being open to change. While you might think you need that brand new app, instead, there might be an existing solution that we could help you with!

Are you willing to commit?

Hacking at RHoK is an intense, but rewarding experience which requires more than just one weekend of hacking.  The most successful solutions come from a passionate and well prepared changemaker who best understands their problem, works closely with the hackers to produce a solution during the RHoK hackathon and those who are willing and able to continue to refine the solution with the hackers in the RHoLLs that follow.

Can I apply again?

Yes, we love to continue working with veteran changemakers to continue to work on their problem or start work on another one. Some of our most successful projects have been from return changemakers who are committed to solving their problem. 

When & where is the next hack?

Hackers

Hackathons are great petri dishes of learning. You meet extremely talented people with different skills and get to watch how they work. You learn how fast an experienced programmer can build a product from scratch, and what pivot/iterate/MVP really mean. You learn that it doesn’t need to be complicated, that talking to strangers in cafes is the best form of market research, and that stories are better than stats. You learn how much caffeine is still not enough caffeine. And you get a chance to make a real difference.
— Victoria Cullen, Hack4Good

How do we rHok?

 

 

What Can RHoK Do For Me?

RHoK can connect you with our "Changemakers", people doing great stuff in the community. We provide an environment where problem solving and experimentation is encouraged and keep the juices flowing with coffee, pizza and beer. 

You can expect to leave a Random hacks if Kindness hackathon weekend with stories, memories and friendships that last long after the weekend ends. 

What Can I Expect?

Am I Eligible?

Contrary to popular belief, hackers aren't hoodie-wearing, motorbike-riding anarchists hell bent on bringing down the system. In fact, the word 'hack' in technology circles is more often used to describe a way of coming up with a creative solution to a tricky problem. That means you can hack software, hardware, a car, radio, a website, or even food. At RHoK we use technology to 'hack' social problems, which means we need a wide range of skills. Including...

 

Apply / Enquire

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