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Winter 2015

Gifts 4 Good

Who: Gifts 4 Good

When: Winter 2015 and Summer 2015

Where: Brisbane

Website: http://www.gifts4good.org.au/

Gifts4Good is a social enterprise with a mission to connect online consumers, businesses and charities for the benefit of all.  RHoK assisted Gifts4Good with the development of a plugin for its online shopping platform at the Brisbane Winter Hackathon in 2015.  

6 months later, at the Brisbane Summer Hackathon 2015, a RHoK team prepared a pitch presentation for a new business stream selling charity experiences and group volunteering. And with focused and excellent teamwork, a prototype for a new online portal, Experiences4Good, was also developed over the weekend.

Thank Bank

Who: Thank Bank

When: Winter 2015

Where: Brisbane

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/brisbane-thankbank-infosite
https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/brisbane-thankbank-api
https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/brisbane-thankbank-ios

ThankBank aims to increase volunteering rates by raising awareness for volunteering activity and rewarding you for doing good deeds, starting with blood donations. Checking in with your good deeds provides a reward in the form of discounts and rewards from participating local providers. 

The Brisbane RHoK team designed and developed a minimum viable product (MVP) from scratch, which included an iPhone app, back-end administration site, and an accompanying public website. While fully functional at the end of the event, the app required a few more tweaks before going live. The solution developed in the RHoK allowed ThankBank to prove the idea and secure additional development after the event.

Concierge

Who: Concierge

When: June 2015

Where: Brisbane

Code: https://github.com/rhokbrisbane/concierge

Concierge creates solutions for people needing health and medical support services in remote areas, in particular palliative care. The needs of Australians requiring palliative care, especially in remote areas, provided a unique situation to develop an open source geotagging search tool that any medical profession can adopt and specialize to their requirements. At the Brisbane Winter Hackathon in 2015 the technical team used databases and tagged them to respond to related searches. Then geotagged and linked the info to maps used as the interface to locate services quickly.  

The other half of the team developed a user friendly guidance system that helps people navigate quickly, even in times of stress and high emotion.  The result was a time line with flowing dialogues to help the user through the information finding process. The open source website works, but there is a bit of information to be added before it is ready for Palliative Care Queensland to assist its patients. The aim is that this concept can be adopted and used by all Australia's states. 

Crisis Mapping

Who: Crisis Mapping Project

When: December 2014 and June 2015

Where: Brisbane

Website: http://netengine.com.au/projects/crisis-mapping/

Vast swathes of the planet’s land-masses aren’t mapped, mainly because the majority of mapping applications are powered by commercial sponsorships and advertising - which just aren’t present in most areas of the developing world. At the Brisbane Summer Hackathon in 2014 and Winter Hackathon in 2015, RHoKers contributed directly to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Missing Maps Project. The main goal of this project is to map the most vulnerable places in the world, to enable international and local NGOs as well as individuals to use maps and data to better respond to crisis affecting the areas. 

In the Summer 2014 Hack, we focused on mapping remote communities in West Africa, until, in response to an urgent request from the Red Cross for assistance, we diverted our focus to mapping the coastal communities in the Philippines in anticipation of Typhoon Hagupit making landfall. Our Brisbane hackers contributed to the fact that less than 50 lives were lost in this Typhoon. At the Winter 2015 Hack, the  team went one further and worked on improving the open source software behind the mapping itself. Their efforts were approved and to be incorporated in the software in the U.S.  

BenJam

Who: Benjam

When: December 2014 & June 2015

Where: Sydney

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. 

The Beauty in Tech

Who: The Beauty of Tech

When: June 2015

Where: Sydney

Website: http://www.thebeautyoftech.org/

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/.

i-Hive

Who: i-Hive

When: June 2015

Where: Sydney

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/thehive-frontend
https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/thehive-data

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!

Local Linguist

Who: Local Linguist

When: Winter 2015 and Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-timor-leste

Local Linguist is an app for collecting data on local languages. The idea was inspired by the problems encountered with linguistics research in East Timor. For the majority of children in the country, the language used in the classroom is not the language that they speak at home, and for many, not a language they have spoken before starting school.

The Local Linguist app and website is designed to allow researchers to upload picture, audio and written data sets to a website. These sets can then be used by researchers who have the local linguist app on their phone. The app allows researchers to go into the field, show informants a picture, or written question, or hear an audio clip, and then get the informant to respond using a multiple choice answer, written answer, or recorded audio answer. The app then prompts field researchers to upload the data to the website. This app has the potential to revolutionise linguistic (and other) research in places such as Timor-Leste. 

The prototype app was developed at the RHoK Melbourne Winter 2015 Hackathon. Further development occurred over a number of RHoLLs, and again at the RHoK Melbourne Summer 2015 Hackathon. The team is currently worked on the website database (using ruby on rails), updating the app (the app is written in java), and linking the app to the database. 

Maker Network

Who: Maker Network

When: Winter 2015 and Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-maker-map

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Tracey Nguyen is a final year student at RMIT studying a Masters in Design Innovation and Technology. Her research into Melbourne's maker culture revealed a lack of connectivity between all types of makers, and spaces supporting makers around Melbourne and its neighbouring communities. So she approached RHoK to see if we could help develop a way of connecting maker spaces to each other and the wider community. 
 
During the Melbourne 2015 Winter Hackathon the team was able to leverage her original work on a maker map prototype and replaced the backend of an existing open source system for robustification of data source, providing a platform for growth. Options were added for resource sharing of materials and skills. The team came back for the Summer 2015 hackathon, where they made some further improvements, and future plans are in place for a clearer categorisation of resources, and the integration of other platforms for events and content. Sum

Tall Giraffe

Who: Social Catalysts (Tall Giraffe)

When: June 2015

Where: Melbourne

Website: http://thetallgiraffe.org/

Social Catalysts is community of young people under the age of 25 who educates and mobilises others to inspire positive social change. The problem they are trying to solve is youth disengagement. Most media outlets (i.e newspapers) tend to portray issues in a formal manner using language that is complex and alienates young people. Additionally, there is a lack of an online space for youth to connect, express their opinions and discuss ideas, etc. in regards to international relations and social issues. This leaves individuals that are otherwise keen, interested, and passionate, feeling overwhelmed and pessimistic. 

At the Melbourne 2015 Winter Hackathon, a team of volunteer developers and tech experts helped them develop a new online platform for their project. By the end of the weekend, they had a new platform which displayed their articles and videos in a visually-appealing manner. They also created online profiles for their executive and writers’ team as well as linking their website to various social media sites. Following some amazing engagement by the team after the hack, in August 2015 they launched the new site, called Tall Giraffe. Future plans include adding other features such as a comment system, improving the design and layout of their articles and further developing their brand.

Apps 4 Autism

Who: Apps 4 Autism

When: June 2015

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-apps-for-autism

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The aim of Apps for Autism is to develop a set of smartphone apps to help children with High Functioning Autism to cope with the world around them and prepare for their post-secondary life. Apps are to assist the child develop their communication skills, overcome learning difficulties and improve their socialization. The apps will also utilize APIs to allow a central "dashboard", where parents, teachers and therapists invalid in the child's care can monitor how the child's skills are developing, and can also chat with each other to share notes on progress and issues.

With the help of the RHoK community, Apps 4 Autism developed a prototype app designed to help children with high functioning autism navigate everyday situations such as going to the movies or driving. They worked in tandem with a group of therapists who specialize in working with children on the Autism Spectrum. 

Meet the New Joneses

Who: Meet the New Joneses

When: June 2015

Where: Melbourne

Website: http://www.thenewjoneses.com

The New Joneses is a sustainability initiative to show everyday people how sustainable living can be both cool and easy. Each year, as part of the Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival, they put up an eco-cool, pop-up home that maximizes resources & minimise waste. Members of the public have an opportunity to see inside The New Joneses’ house, meet people living like The New Joneses and ask questions about how to live more fun, less wasteful lives.

At the Melbourne 2015 Winter Hackathon, a group of hackers helped changemaker Tamara DiMattina develop a new customer relationship management system. This was in response to one of her main problems - tracking and keeping in touch with visitors to the house so she could report back to sponsors. Tamara has subsequently taken the lessons she learned at the hackathon and incorporated them for the next Meet the New Joneses happening in early 2016.