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Everyone Hacks Hackathon

We're hosting a hackathon with Geeks Without Bounds at Groupon! We'll be focusing on building for urban disaster response. I'm sure you'll agree that with the rash of natural disasters and worse, this is definitely a hot topic and something that we all can benefit from.

Would love to see you wonderful CWDevs there!

Please be sure to RSVP here so your CWDevs friends know you are coming, and RSVP on the Eventbrite page so Geeks Without Bounds knows your coming and Groupon lets you into the building!

(Also: If your company would like to sponsor prizes or meals, please let me know!)

Below are the details:

If you've ever wanted to learn how to build an app, or how to build with a team, or what these "hackathon" things are all about, this event is for you.We provide you with food, power, motivational drinks, and guidance. You bring your toolset (laptop, tablet, favorite pen, brain) and a willingness to hack.

A hackathon is a gathering of diverse people around challenges who work on addressing those challenges. While traditionally geared towards the technical, a recent understanding and appreciation of design, social integration, and business have made these events much more diverse.

Everyone Hacks is designed to create safe space while expanding what you think you're capable of. In a collaborative setting, you'll produce a surprising amount of work in a very short period of time, both with people you have only just met and old friends. The event is reaching out to women who are interested in these events, and is definitely transgender and queer friendly. Male-bodied folk are definitely welcome! If you're already a hackathon veteran, welcome back! Come see some fresh faces and rethink "normal."

This round, we'll be focusing specifically on urban disaster response (check out our previous event here). Come hack for the humanitarian cause!

Our hashtag will be #EveryoneHacksCHI - find fellow attendees on twitter and spread the word!

Event Schedule

  • 18:00 Doors and refreshments
  • 19:00 Introductions and ice breakers
  • 20:00 Lightning talks
  • 21:30 Project pitches and team formations
  • 22:00 Head home to sleep
  • 09:00 Doors and breakfast
  • 10:00 Workshops
  • 12:00 Lunch and hacking commences
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Head home to sleep
  • 09:00 Doors and breakfast
  • 9:30 Hacking!
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Presentations
  • 16:30 Awards
  • 17:00 Everyone goes home!


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  • Lauren S.


    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Charissa T.

    Just me.

    June 20, 2013

  • Khristan Y.

    I'm a total newbie, but i'm looking forward to it!

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am brand spanking new but eager to learn, is this an event I can attend or should I wait for a beginner night?

    June 16, 2013

  • J.A. G.

    Sounds interesting. TrackeNews was a demo project for a spin-off of called InSTEDD. It was an aggregator that focused on health issues (micro to macro), humanitarian response and technology relevant to both. In its moment, it had a nice little followig on UN types, Greenpeacers, first responders, etc. It's was a really interesting experiment and though we didn't really develop as deeply as we might have, a lot of was learned about bridging expertise silos and crossing disciplines (slideshow: & custom Haiti tracker:

    Each of the link suite stories also had an overview blog post:

    My friends at InSTEDD have done some really interesting work with innovation labs in Cambodia and Argentina. Amazing open source software tools: No need to invent a wheel, when you can adapt one.

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • Marie H.

    Sounds like fun! Hope to be a part of the next Hackathon.

    June 12, 2013

  • Rachel S.

    Looking forward to my first event!

    June 9, 2013

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