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Helping Hacks: New CTO, New Sponsors, Still Looking for Hackers & Volunteers

From: Nate H.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 3:02 PM

Hey there, goodnik:

Helping Hacks is just a little more than a week away and we’ve got scores of hackers signed up, 10 organizations that have projects at the ready, and some really great support from terrific sponsors. All in all, this is shaping up to be a great inaugural Goodnik hackathon.

One of the latest developments is that we’ve added a CTO for the event: Parag Khandelwal. He’s got a lot of experience running these events and is now the point person for all things technical – if you’ve got a question about the tech part of Helping Hacks, contact [address removed].

If you’re interested in being a hacker, we’re still looking for a few people to help out – the more hackers we get, the more projects we can take on and the more organizations we can help. If you’ve got design, web development or mobile skills, we need your help! Sign up at, where you can list the skills you’re most interested in working with and see who else is on the hack. And don’t forget to register at so we can print you a badge and save you a t-shirt.

If you’re not a hacker but you still want to participate with the hackathon, we’re still looking for a few volunteers; we need people to help set up and register folks at the opening of the event on Friday night, we need a few folks to be generally helpful for a few hours at a time over Saturday and Sunday, and we need people to help us wrap up on Sunday. We are also in need of some people to take pictures of the event and If you’re willing to volunteer, please register for a Volunteer ticket at If you have questions about volunteering, shoot a note to [address removed].

Remember: in order to participate in the hackathon you must get a ticket through

Finally, I want to give a big shout out to our sponsors for this event. The Hatchery has provided us with an awesome space to use at Alley NYC, and One Medical has stepped in to host the opening night cocktail mixer and provide breakfast on both days of the event. Our core sponsors include the Blue Ridge Foundation, Applications for Good, OURewards,, Temboo - these folks get credit for covering a lot of the other expenses and food for the weekend. Our Contributing sponsors Singlebrook and the Sunlight Foundation have helped with general support as well, and our Partners Catchafire and DuraSpace have helped with advice and really worked to get the word out. We’re so appreciative of these sponsors and  the support they’ve given us . Thanks guys!

On a personal note about One Medical: I recently had a chance to find a doctor through one medical and it was an amazingly simple process; it made me realize just how “analog” most doctors are. One Medical solves that problem – I really encourage folks to try it, and One Medical is waiving membership fees for Goodnik members – just enter the code OMTENZNY01 when you sign up and you’ll save yourself $200.

As I mentioned in a previous email, the hackathon is working conference, so if you’re not a hacker, organization, sponsor or volunteer, this event isn't for you – we just don't have room for observers. That said, if you think that you have a way you can contribute but don’t fall in to one of those categories, let me know and we’ll see if there’s an opportunity for you to participate. Feel free to shoot me a note to [address removed].


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