|Sent on:||Wednesday, August 29, 2012 3:09 PM|
Helping Hacks; It’s a Wrap
Helping Hacks took place this past weekend and it was a tremendous success – dozens of hackers banded together to address some specific technology problems facing Goodnik member organizations. The results were amazing – everything from complete website transformations to sophisticated mapping applications, online information tools, and even an unexpected application to let nonprofits “challenge” members to do good! Check the Goodnik website for a full list of the teams and the project awards given at Helping Hacks.
Thanks again to everyone who made this happen – the hackers were amazing and dedicated, the volunteers kept everything running smoothly, the organizations brought some great challenges, and of course, the sponsors paid for it all. Special thanks in particular to One Medical for their support of the event. One Medical, the medical group which makes managing your health as easy as managing your facebook page, has made a point of supporting Goodniks beyond just Helping Hacks. All members of Goodnik are eligible for a free first-year membership to the service (normally $200) simply by entering the code OMTENZNY01 when they sign up. I happen to be a member of One Medical and have found their service to be amazing – if you’re in search of a good doctor, I highly recommend looking at One Medical.
I also want to thank our other sponsors as well; the Alley NYC hosted the event and was there to support us throughout – they’ve even offered to host our next one! Sixpoint Brewery offered some delicious beverages which helped us unwind after hard days of hacking. Temboo was there throughout the event as well, giving API advice and keeping us in good cheer. The Blue Ridge Foundation, Meetup, OURewards, and Applications for Good all helped fund the lunches and dinners throughout the weekend, and Sunlight Foundation and Singlebrook provided additional support for all the other parts of a hackathon that don’t get as much attention, but definitely are needed. Catchafire and Duraspace provided much-appreciated publicity and support.
Also worth mentioning are two of the vendors we used; Gowanus Print Lab made some really kick-ass shirts, and Fiestah's amazing "reverse bidding system" gave us logistical support to arrange all the catering for the weekend. If you’re planning any kind of event in which food or drink might be served, I recommend trying Fiestah.
For those of you who missed it, yes we will be doing another Helping Hacks in 2013 – probably in February. And if you're interested in doing a similar hackathon sooner, Code for Change is happening in late September, and Goodnik will be there. Until then, we’ll resume some other Goodnik events and workshops, so check the meetup page and/or the Goodnik website for details.