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Developers for Good Open Hours at ThoughtWorks

Developers for Good open hours is a way for

  • Non-profit and social mission organizations to access technical expertise
  • Developers to share knowledge and make an impact
  • Aspiring developers to learn about real projects

At this meetup, ThoughtWorker Chris George will also share some of his experiences and the tech behind a few awesome projects:

"Over the past three years, I've been exposed to a few incredible projects that were introduced to me by ThoughtWorks. The first was RapidFTR, a mobile application and data storage system that seeks to reunite children with their families in times of crisis more quickly. The initial architecture of this project decided upon CouchDB as its backend for storing children's data. For me, moving away from a SQL database was new territory and using a NoSQL database provided its benefits and challenges. This project also started off as BlackBerry focused, which presented its own challenges, but has recently moved more towards the Android platform.

The second project is Democracy Now!, an independent media organization that pushes a lot of stories that mainstream media is not discussing. For this project, the team was in charge of their main website and mobile site. An interesting part of this project is that when it began back in the mid-2000s, the developers at the time used some of the early versions of Rails. It's a testament that we are still using and changing the codebase today, but it has provided its challenges as we try provide a more updated experience with the latest technical tools that are out there.

I will briefly discuss the tech stacks for both, some of the interesting challenges we've faced, some of which we've overcome, some of which we haven't."

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  • Dennis C.

    Blogged about the meetup at

    1 · February 4, 2013

    • Maria

      Thank you for mentioning Issue Voter in your blog. It was great meeting you last week!

      1 · February 4, 2013

    • Dennis C.

      You're welcome. Nice to meet you, too. You know now how to reach me if you need any type of writing. :-)

      1 · February 4, 2013

  • Daniel F.

    I am the founder of Borne Digital, a children's publishing and educational software company focused on the needs of urban schools. We were recently named a "groundbreaking' start up by O'Reilly Media and included in their publishing startup showcase. This year, we will launch an adaptive reading platform for tablet devices. I'll be at tomorrow's meet up. I'd love to speak with anyone who is interested educational technology, gaming, and digital publishing. We are looking for a CTO. Feel free to email me at daniel[at]

    2 · January 29, 2013

    • Carl P.

      Have you heard of the NYC public school gap app challenge? Would you or anyone at borne digital be interested in being on a development team? I would like to talk to you about it

      1 · January 30, 2013

  • Bill G.

    We are still looking for volunteer developers, designers and operations advisors for a world-wide education/motivation effort aimed at raising educational achievement of those in the bottom third to close the gap to those in the top third. We have volunteer developers in the US and several European counties. If you want to be part of a revolution in education for the masses (goal is 1 million student participants by the end of 2013) please let me know. Technologies include MySQL, Python/Django and maybe PHP/Drupal or similar. HTML/CSS/jQuery and designer skills needed.

    I will be at tomorrow's session so please seek me out if you have questions.


    1 · January 29, 2013

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