Description from Lorenz Sell of Conscious Coder:
Hi All - Please join us for an evening of engaging talks from companies and projects involved in social good. First we'll have John Havens from Happathon talk about how he's applying positive psychology to mobile sensor data to revolutionize human happiness. Second, will be Nate Heasley from Goodnik, talking about a new platform they're launching to facilitate volunteer matching for nonprofits in need to tech help. We'll also open the floor for lightning talks from the audience.
The venue has been very generously provided by one of our members, Joseph McElroy, from Corporate Performance Artists. He's on the board of The General Society and is letting us use their lock museum to host this meetup. It's called the John M. Mossman collection of locks and is filled with beautiful examples of complex, mechanical time locks used to secure vaults. A very big thank you to Joe and The General Society!
We'll have beer, snacks, and awesome conversation. It's going to be a great night!
About the presenters:
I participated in a Happathon workshop a few months ago and had an amazing time. The vision for the H(app)athon Project (www.happathon.com) is that mobile sensors and other technologies should be utilized to identify what brings people meaning in their lives. They've created a survey that’s complemented by tools that track action and behavior in a private data environment. By analyzing a person’s answers and data, H(app)athon creates a person's Personal Happiness Indicator Score (PHI), a representation of a person's core strengths versus a numbered metric.
A person can then be matched to organizations that reflect their PHI Score in a form of data-driven micro-volunteerism. There’s a great deal of science documenting that action and altruism increase happiness. So H(app)athon simply identifies where people already find meaning and helps them find ways to get happier while helping others. At scale, H(app)athon feels this is the way to save the world (yes, very aspirational).
Goodnik is working on an innovative platform to help technologists and other professionals find interesting causes to work with, using their skills to help those organizations achieve their mission. The system allows nonprofit organizations with no or low-budgets to recruit talented people to help them complete specific projects. They use gamification and alternative currency systems to not only make the experience of volunteering rewarding on a moral level, but also on a financial one as well.
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