Most associate hacking with negative connotations, but this year, Random Hacks of Kindness has been using their hacking powers for good, focusing on crisis management, waste reduction and neighborhood sharing. Random Hacks of Kindness, formed in 2009 through a partnership between Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, HP, NASA and the WorldBank, has a simple mission: “Hacking for Humanity.”
Thousands of hackers have recently been working together for a huge hacking session in more than 19 cities. Out of the 75 solutions RHOK has developed, three were chosen as the most outstanding applications.
The SMS Person Finder allows any of the 4.5 billion people worldwide with a phone in their pocket to interface, search and report to the Google Person Finder database, increasing the accessibility of Person Finder to a global level.
Hey Cycle is a geographically diverse email alert system for the popular neighborhood exchange network, Freecycle. Hey Cycle allows users to receive alerts about the items they are looking for rather than having to repeatedly check the site. RHOK says “it’s a 3-way win for people and the planet.
- People want to get rid of good working items as to not throw them away and fill up landfills.
- People who need free things.
- The planet who does not want any more garbage in landfills or CO2 emissions from materials used to mine, produce, ship and receive new products.
FoodMovr connects people who need food with those who have it. Soup Kitchens and Food Banks can register here to make use of all that food that goes to waste at restaurants and catered events. FoodMovr connects through a Google account and over mobile phones.