Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Australia, is part of a global community of technologists who solve problems for purpose-driven organisations. Twice a year we run social hackathons around the country that bring together tech-savvy do-gooders to work with charities, social enterprises, and entrepreneurs (changemakers) tackling challenging social problems. Our goal is to develop open-source, deployable and sustainable tech solutions so that founders can focus on growth and affecting positive change.
RHoK began in 2009 as a joint initiative between three tech companies – Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! – NASA's Open Government team and the World Bank's Disaster Risk Management Unit. The idea was to organise a hackathon where developers and data analysts could produce open source, technology solutions, useful in the event of (or to mitigate the impact of) major disasters around the world. The first event was held at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, California, and christened "Random Hacks of Kindness".
Over the years, simultaneous satellite events have established local RHoK communities around the world. These tend to focus more on developing solutions locally rather than globally, working closely with grassroots organisations, non-profits, community groups and socially conscious individuals keen to make a difference. Australia has the largest and one of the most vibrant and engaged RHoK communities in the world. RHoK Australia is the largest and longest running hackathon for social good in Australia.
I serve on RHoK Australia’s Board of Directors
I co-organise the RHoK Melbourne Hackathons and assess Changemaker applications
I work with Changemakers to understand their business needs and challenges
I guide Changemakers through RHoK’s Agile & Lean software development process
I work with hackers (eg. UX/UI researchers and designers, web developers) to find solutions
I’m responsible for the design & development of the RHoK Australia website
Since 2011 we've gathered over 500 hackers and helped over 100 organisations find tech enabled solutions to pressing social problems.
We are widely acknowledged in Australia as one of the pioneers in this space. Our unique combination of hackathons and smaller follow up events ensure that we get our solutions across the finish line and positively impact the wider community.