Who: Small Connect
When: Summer 2015
Connecting young people to the community using free services available. The app is design to locate these services within the target area that young people want. The aim is to improve access and support for young people. To increase community participation and engagement within the community.
"Small" has a metaphoric meaning. It means community and not-for-profit organisation. Small organisations make a huge impact in the community. Using the theme 'small' and ' connect' we wanted to use small services and put them together to make a huge impact.
The hackathon was a great experience. Steve my partner in crime on developing Small Connect has been great and continues to be that. We kept everything simple and realistic based on the amount of time we had. We worked on the time-frame. discuss openly what our objectives were and made sure that the app is accessible to everyone, not just young people.
When: December 2014 & June 2015
Code (iPad): https://www.flinto.com/p/3003913d
Code (Demo): benjam.herokuapp.com
Project Benjam has the goal of helping kids with autistic spectrum disorder live more independently and with more confidence. They're focusing on helping non-verbal kids to communicate with anyone: to both understand and to be understood. Their first prototype app is aimed at helping kids and their carers communicate with the aid of a tablet-optimised web app. For autistic kids who are still non-verbal, Benjam is an assistive communications app that allows kids to ask for things in their terms. Unlike incumbents, their product will allow kids and their carers to create new content easily.
Project Benjam has worked with RHoK from the very beginning. Over the course of two hackathons and a number of RHoLLs (smaller events where we continue working on projects) they've come a long way.
Who: Bagong Barrio Education Fund
When: December 2013
Michelle De Guzman, our change maker for this project, volunteers for the Bagong Barrio Education Fund, a small charity which raises funds to help students from the poor Philippine village Bagong Barrio built on a landfill. They focus on education as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty.
This charity is very small and is entirely donation based and volunteer operated. Consequently they are starting to struggle to maintain their database of students and donors in Excel. They worked with RHoK over several RHoK weekends and a few RHoLL to build a website for managing students and donors. The website was functional at the end of the final RHoK but does not look to be actively used.
Who: The Beauty of Tech
When: June 2015
The Beauty of Tech is an initiative to curate and aggregate as many useful resources as possible, to help encourage females to pursue technology as a career. From upcoming events to inspiring stories. From grass-roots meetups to training programs. It should all be in one place. As a group of individuals banding together, they are focussed on supporting the diversity and volume of the Australian technology talent pipeline. They hope to achieve this through encouraging a greater number of individuals to consider a career in technology, in particular, women.
The Beauty of Tech came to RHoK with an idea that was well thought out, but not yet built. At the Winter 2015 Hackathon in Sydney a group of amazing women (and a few men) came together to help hack that idea into something workable. The result is an ongoing experiment, and can be found at http://www.thebeautyoftech.org/.
Who: FIRST Robotics
When: December 2014
FIRST‘s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders through exciting mentor-based programs in a competition setting. Led by Change Makers Luan and Michael Heimlich, this is an Australian offshoot of the US First STEM Project, to interest children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
First Robotics provide activities for Australian school children using robots (including Lego robot kits). During the RHoK Sydney summer hackathon the team concentrated on how to market the activities to parents and teachers. The team produced style guides, wire-frames and surveys for the website.
Who: First Stop
When: June 2014 & December 2014
In 2013, during the exceptionally dry fire season in the rural towns scattered across the iconic rolling hills that sit outside of Sydney, 200 hundred homes were lost to a bush fire that tore through their community. Stories of the heroism and hard work of the emergency responders and volunteers were broadcast all over the news. These efforts were multiplied by a wide spread of organisations donating and sending volunteers. But it was clear to many that these efforts to help could be made more affective and less painful next time with a little brainstorming and work.
First Stop is an ongoing project that helps address some of these pain points. At its inception at the Sydney Winter Hackathon 2014 the team developed a registration system using a barcode printing application. At the Sydney Summer Hackathon 2014 the team added the capability of adding extra data fields to suit different agencies.
When: June 2015
i-Hive is an amalgam of two projects that joined forces at the Sydney Winter 2015 Hackathon. 'iDiversity' provided a one-stop interactive directory of services in the community; while 'The Hive' sought to develop an easy-to-use app to enable residents of Mt Druitt to navigate their service system. Realising their projects had similar needs, they combined the talents of a group of amazing volunteers to make the best use of time and expertise which could benefit both groups of users.
At the hackathon, the team developed the back-end of the system and sketched out how the front-end might work. They've subsequently done a RHoLL where they discussed next steps, resources and a rough timeline to develop the front-end and user interface, connect the front-end to the backend, create a prototype and prospectively launch by the end of 2015!
When: December 2014
Ocius is a multi-award winning Australian marine research and technology company, working in conjunction with University of Wollongong and NSW's Steber International to deploy a fully autonomous unmanned surface vessel (USV) drone - called a BlueBottle. This drone lives at sea in all conditions using the energy on the ocean i.e. the wind, sun and waves to power itself and its sensors.
During the Sydney Summer 2014 Hackathon, the team led by Robert Dane (check out a profile we did of him) and Ninan Mathew, focused on making use of the sensor data that is collected by satellite communications. They developed a proof of concept website, UX flow and data management system so that different user groups could easily download or interact with the data being produced by the vessel. The work done by RHoK will be used to visualise data generated for the drone's maiden voyage around Lord Howe island.
Who: Watch Me Grow
When: Summer 2015
Developmental and behavioural difficulties presenting in early childhood pose a significant disease burden with lifelong consequences. In this regard, 20 to 25% of children at start of school are “developmentally vulnerable"". The goal of Watch Me Grow is to give every child (in NSW initially and then across Australia) the opportunity for early identification. Capitalising on the high uptake of the immunization program, we hope to provide a simple and effective tool to GPs and other health professionals to do developmental checks during vaccination visits.
At the RHoK Summer 2015 Hackathon we were able to design a demo web app to be used using a link to trial initially as a research project enabling parents and GPs to use the webapp with the aim of identifying those children who display “red flags” based on parental concerns and then be guided through the correct pathway using standardised tools and an algorithm for further assessments and referrals. This diagnostic app will have a significant impact as early identification and intervention significantly improves the outcomes for both children and their families.
Who: Accessible Australia
When: Winter 2016
TripClusive helps people with a disability travel with confidence, autonomy and peace of mind. We do this primarily through a web-based platform where users can filter tourism venues and attractions, based on their type of disability. Using updated information, this saves people with a disability and their support people, time, money and energy. The platform additionally acts as a community and a portal for businesses to update their own information and as an accessible tourism resource.
Currently, after our first RHoK, we are working on a web and mobile prototype which will be based purely for people with a physical disability in NSW through RHoLLs and potentially another hack. Random Hacks of Kindness has been instrumental in getting TripClusive to where it's at today.
The RHoK team and the incredible group of volunteers who showed up were not only incredibly supportive of our idea but also were fantastic during the weekend and beyond helping us to turn our idea into a reality.
When: Winter 2016
Janubeard is the world’s largest beard harmonisation event, with one unifying factor: respect and nurture of the beard for a month. It involves real men from all walks of life regardless of their culture, race, religion or beliefs. Janubeard took place for the first time in January 2016, with basically no budget, and a basic Website/ Facebook/Twitter/ Instagram presence.
The primary thing we worked on is the ‘Beardometer’, a web app that will allow users to share images of themselves ‘bearded up’, thereby changing the event from just a beard growing event for blokes, to an all inclusive event for women and children too. The Beardometer was originally intended to be mobile app based, but it turned out to be more than the team could achieve for both android and iPhone.
In the June weekend we also created a new logo and drafted a Marketing Plan.
Who: Mekong GOOD
When: Dec 2013 & Jun 2014
Ian Scrivener, the ChangeMaker, is involved in NGO work in the Mekong Delta region. His idea was to create a Directory of NGOs running in Vietnam and the Mekong Delta region. This site is meant to fill in a gap that the local governments are not filling. This resource was meant to aid the agencies in connecting with each other.
MekongGood developed over several RHoK weekends and participated in several RHoLLs. Their website is still live but looks mostly to be a mail chimp signup.
Who: Indigenous Literacy Foundation
When: December 2013
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to raise literacy levels at a community level. Their focus is on early exposure to appropriate and quality books in the home and community through the supply of books. They strongly support first language and culture and work with community to translate books which represent both English and first language. They are also committed to encouraging and supporting story writing and the development of community stories through publications.
At the 2013 Sydney Summer Hackathon, RHoK helped them create a portal to allow them to send emails publicizing when they sent books to remote areas. It was designed to increase the amount of subscriptions/donations that they would have. It was a micro customer management system. At the end of one RHoK weekend, the team had created an interactive map that integrated with ILF’s data to see where the books have been delivered as a result of their donations.
When: June 2015
Communiteer is a start-up social venture with a mission to increase social participation. They're building an online platform to connect skilled volunteers, NFPs and corporate entities together to generate social impact. Through their platform, NFPs can break down their community projects into bite-sized volunteering opportunities that can be completed by skilled volunteers. Stakeholders can connect and remain engaged with each other through their online community.
They worked with RHoK at the Sydney Winter 2015 hackathon to try and get their platform up and running. Over the course of the weekend they developed a prototype to demonstrate their platform's workflow in an interactive manner. The next step is to get the prototype out for user testing. The project isn't live yet.
Ready Set Go is a Collective Impact project in Port Stephens that addresses school readiness and success of Aboriginal children in identified areas of vulnerability.
Due to a range of factors Aboriginal children are twice as likely to be developmentally vulnerable when starting school than their peers. A Collective Impact response brings together key stakeholders from across sectors who have the scope and drive to make real change at a systems level. The Smith Family is the Backbone organisation for Ready Set Go and is responsible for facilitating and promoting this collaboration as well as ensuring continuous communication and data collection.
In the June 2016 Hackathon a team of incredible technologists developed a website with a live feed and links to valuable resources and other Collective Impact projects. They also created a user guide for us so we are able to maintain the website with up to date info and track the number of visits etc. They also provided guidance on online collaboration platforms and project management tools that will be used within the Ready Set Go coalition.
Who: Journey Crowdfunding
When: June 2016
Journey Crowdfunding is a social crowdfunding platform that empowers the homeless and disadvantaged.
Journey partners with social organisations and shelters such as Parramatta Mission and The Big Issue to find empowered individuals and provide a platform for them to share their stories with the Australian community. Donations from the community help these individuals achieve their unique goals. Before the RHoK Western Sydney Hackathon, Journey was an ambitious idea.
Now, Journey is lucky enough to have a website MVP with donation functionality. At the moment the profiles are placeholders, so do not donate just yet, but watch this space!
Who: What Me Grow
When: June 2016
Watch Me Grow aims to help parents and health practitioners to better identify whether children are developing on track.
The Watch Me Grown web app has been designed to evaluate development, language and social skills for children aged 6 months to 4 years. It does this by sending reminders to parents to complete two questionnaires about their child every 6 months.
This assists with tracking a child’s progress and recommending opportunities to enhance early development.