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LifeAssist

Who: Life Assist

When: December 2014

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-lifeassist

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Life Assist is a disability services charity helping over 4000 people annually through government-funded programs and countless more through either referral or self-funded services. They operate as part of the wider UnitingCare Australia network which provides social services to over 2 million people each year in 1,600 sites in remote, rural and metropolitan Australia.

At the Melbourne Summer 2014 Hackathon a team formed to develop a client feedback application for them. The idea was to allow their clients (who get far too many surveys) to be able to tell them how they're doing easily yet effectivey. The project has since been adopted by some other people working in the disability sector who are keen to try and roll it out to a wide range of organisations. Here's a blog post by the changemaker, Eddie, about his experience. 

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. 

My Carbon Capture

Who: My Carbon Capture

When: December 2013

Where: Melbourne

Website: withoneseed.org.au

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WithOneSeed encourages citizens, schools and business to take responsibility for the impact of their computer use on the environment. Carbon emissions from global computer usage (approx. 3.6%) are nearly at the same level as carbon emissions from the global aviation industry (approx. 4%). At the Summer 2013 Hackathon, we helped them develop MyCarbonCapture. It's an online Offset Calculator that a) keeps track of data usage of mobile phones, tablets and other computer devices, b) calculates the C02 emissions generated by the data usage and c) encourages people to take action to offset the cost of their computer device emissions.

All funds donated to the WithOneSeed Computer Offset Program go to planting and maintaining trees in reforestation projects in subsistence communities in Timor Leste.

Open Food Network

Who: Open Food Network

When: June 2013

Where: Melbourne

Website: openfoodnetwork.org/

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Open Food Network is the first project by the Open Food Foundation. It is a free and open source project aimed at supporting diverse food enterprises and making it easy to access local and sustainable food. The Open Food Foundation is a non-profit, registered charity established in October 2012, to develop, accumulate and protect open source knowledge, code, applications and platforms for fair and sustainable food systems.

They worked with RHoK at the Melbourne 2013 WInter Hackathon to develop the initial Open Food Network application, which connected willing buyers and sellers of local, organic food in urban centres. 

Startout

Who: Startout

When: June 2014

Where: Melbourne

Website: http://startout.org/

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StartOut is a non-profit that promotes equality and combats discrimination in the business world through economic empowerment. It's dedicated to creating great business leaders by fostering LGBT entrepreneurship. They work with their community to foster business success, pride, personal empowerment, and a shared purpose to give back and inspire the next generation of LGBT entrepreneurs. StartOut produces over 60 events nationwide to a growing network of 12,000+ entrepreneurs, technologists, investors and service providers.

At the 2014 Melbourne Winter Hackathon, they worked with RHoK to develop an app for mentoring LGBT teens in remote rural areas. The idea behind the app was to allow older LGBT individuals connect with younger ones in order to support them in areas where there is still discrimination and intolerance. 

Resilience

Who: Resilience

When: Dec 2013

Where: Melbourne

Website: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/resilience/id697385090

Resilience is a simple mobile application for community members to report, find and resolve non-life-threatening issues following a natural disaster. It was developed at the 2013 Summer Hackathon by a team of volunteers in response to the devastating bushfires of that year. The idea behind it is that community members can share small things that are deemed non-essential by disaster aid organizations, but which still make a difference to people int the wake of a disaster. 

The app was released on the app store and is available for any community to download and use following a disaster. 

 

The People’s Solar

Who: The People's Solar

When: June 2014

Where: Melbourne

Website: https://www.thepeoplessolar.com

The People’s Solar is a platform for delivering community-owned solar power. They are passionate about delivering social impact and positive outcomes for communities, with a focus on solar projects that address social inequality by creating opportunity, and that address food security concerns through capacity building. They love the local, clean energy economy, and want you to be part of it.

At the 2014 Melbourne Winter Hackathon they worked with RHoK to develop a prototype iPad application that could be used in schools and community centres to demonstrate energy savings from solar panels. The app was designed to be user friendly for kids aged 5 and above, and to help them understand how solar energy helped make the planet a better place. 

Thin Green Line

Who: The Thin Green Line

When: December 2014

Where: Melbourne

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

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The Thin Green Line Foundation is the world’s only charity solely dedicated to protecting endangered species and threatened ecosystems by supporting park rangers. They provide park rangers with essential anti-poaching equipment and training to assist them in patrolling on the front-line of conservation. They also provide financial support to the widows and orphans of park rangers killed in the line of duty. Their support is focused on rangers in developing regions, conflict zones and indigenous rangers in Australia and abroad.

They initially approached RHoK to develop a geolocation app to help monitor hotspots and trouble areas for rangers. However, as a result of exploring their key challenges in greater detail, at the 2014 Summer Hackathon we ended up helping them creating a training resource for rangers instead. 

Voice For Indi

Who: Voice 4 Indi

When: December 2014

Where: Melbourne

Website: www.voiceforindi.com/

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/theindiapp

Voice 4 Indi is a community group which bridges the gap between community and politics. They aim to create opportunities for conversation for not just your voice to be heard but for you to hear others. More than just a demonstration of community development driven politics, Voices for Indi is a community leadership exercise which hopes to have a lasting impact. The organisation is a response to the need for re-energized but respectful political debate and provides a process to connect the community’s voice to our elected representatives.

At the 2014 Summer Hackathon in Melbourne a team came down from Wodonga to work with RHoK on the development of a new app to showcase citizen voices to elected politicians. The goal was to try and create a digital platform that would allow local voters to show off the issues that mattered to them, in a way that was compelling without creating further political divisions. 

WATDA

Who: Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Drivers' Association

When: December 2014

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-watda-maxicab-booking

The Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Drivers' Association (WATDA) works with the disability services sector through the operation of wheelchair accessible taxis. Many of their drivers come from the Horn of Africa, and are struggling with the lack of regular jobs, long working hours, and lack of basic amenities like insurance work cover and superannuation. WATDA wants to connect taxi drivers with disability services to ensure better and faster service. This has the twin benefit of improving working conditions for drivers at the same time as reduce the waiting times for disabled people needing taxis. 
 
They worked with RHoK at the Melbourne Summer 2014 Hackathon to build a standalone app that could help coordinate drivers. However that proved to be too ambitious, so we switched to trying to improve their website so that potential customers can easily get hold of drivers. They're now looking to build an automated booking service that will tell drivers where their next client is.

Witness King Tides

Who: Witness King Tides

When: Summer 2013

Where: Melbourne

Website: http://photos.witnesskingtides.org

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/witnesskingtides-web
https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/witnesskingtides-api

Witness King Tides is a citizen science project that helps us visualise the potential future impacts of sea level rise. When king tides hit, they ask coastal communities around Australia to head out and snap pics of local landmarks during the very high tide. These photos capture what Australia's coastal communities may look like in the future, as global sea levels rise. Together, these images build a picture of the threat posed by sea level rise across Australia and help track the future impact of climate change.

The Witness King Tides team has been working with RHoK Australia since the 2013 Melbourne summer hackathon. Thanks to a series of RHoLLs and another hackathon, the team has developed a new website and app that is far more user friendly and robust.