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The Winning Teams of the Geeklist #hack4good against Climate Change are…

Selected by our esteemed panel of Judges: Sir David King - UK Special Representative on Climate Change, Bram Cohen - Creator + Chief Scientist of BitTorrent and Andy Grignon - Builder of 1st iPhone, WebOS and now Eightly

1st Place goes to My Future Climate - Virtual Team

My Future Climate

MyFutureClimate shows where climates at a location are coming from and going to by performing real-time analysis of GCM data

MyFutureClimate was built at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Richard Barnes in Minneapolis, MN and his virtual team.

High five the MyFutureClimate Team

Second Place goes to HolePatchers - Krakow

HolePatchers

HolePatchers is an app that allows fast and automatic localization of holes in roads, which makes it easy for you to avoid destroying your car.

HolePatchers was built in Kraków at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Stanislaw, Ania Bywanis, Bartek Dukes, Vladyslav Turovskiy and Marcin Klocek.

High five the HolePatchers Team

Third Place goes to TreeMo - San Francisco

Treemo: contributing to global reforestation, one check in at a time

Treemo is a mobile app that plants trees when you check-in to businesses (such as retail stores, restaurants, bars…) on multiple platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Yelp, Instagram…). Every check-in funds planting of one or multiple trees by WeForest.

Treemo was built in San Francisco at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Rodney Cullen, Nathan Abercrombie, Brandon Istenes and designer Matt Rothenberg.

Treemo is live now at treemoapp.com and available for Android devices on the Google Play store.

High five the Treemo team

Honorable mention goes to Bring Your Cup

#BringYourCup (Santiago)

#BringYourCup

#BringYourCup encourages your friends and co-workers to re-use their cups, breaking the habit of using disposable cups, with the #bringyourcup app.

BringYourCup was built by Ruy Checa, Daniela Gattoni, LuN4t!k0, Alex Soble.

High five the #BringYourCup Team

Congratulations to all of the winners and all teams participating! Thank you for working hard to Hack a Better Climate!

Announcing 12 Challenge Theme Winners + Hacker’s Choice of Geeklist #hack4good 0.6

From 150 projects created, 48 semi-final projects each built in 48 hours at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 have now been assessed by our global judging panels and the results are in! 6 teams will move on, and all 12 Challenge Theme winners deserve special acclaim for winning their category!

The 5 teams moving on to the final rounds - based on highest total overall scores by our judges:

Digital Activism Challenge Winners: Earth Issue Tracker (Amsterdam)

Earth Issue Tracker

Earth Issue Tracker breaks down problems facing the earth into bite-sized actionable chunks that anyone can work on, helping find local actions that you can do to make a difference.

Earth Issue Tracker was built in Amsterdam at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Jelle Herold, Jean-Pierre Pequito, Youri Broekhuizen, lcfseth, Marleen van der Zanden and Ehtimaad Rais.

High five the Earth Issue Tracker Team

Consumer Behaviour (Games and Challenges) Winners: WePromise (virtual team)

WePromise

Wepromise is a web and mobile based service which challenges people to pledge climate-friendly behaviours in a creative and impactful way, as well as (eventually) to challenge their friends and compete in groups to scale their impact.

WePromise was built by a team across the world at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Tom Gallagher (Barcelona), Corinne Pritchard (UK), James Beresford (London), Marvin Osswald (Germany), Pawel Sawicz (London) and Gregory Weiss (Los Angeles) and uses the JustGiving APIs.

High five the WePromise Team

Personal Impact and Compelling Visualisation Challenge Winners: My Future Climate (virtual team)

My Future Climate

MyFutureClimate shows where climates at a location are coming from and going to by performing real-time analysis of GCM data

MyFutureClimate was built at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Richard Barnes in Minneapolis, MN and his virtual team.

High five the MyFutureClimate Team

Personal Impact and Compelling Visualisation Challenge Runner up: Local Leaf (Istanbul)

Consumer Behaviour (Games and Challenges) Runners Up: #BringYourCup (Santiago)

#BringYourCup

#BringYourCup encourages your friends and co-workers to re-use their cups, breaking the habit of using disposable cups, with the #bringyourcup app.

BringYourCup was built by Ruy Checa, Daniela Gattoni, LuN4t!k0, Alex Soble.

High five the #BringYourCup Team

Consumer Behaviour (Games and Challenges) Honourable Mention: Emrals (New York) for their digital currency for city clean up which was unanimously assessed as both incredibly innovative and having great potential for huge global impact.

Reforestation Challenge Winners: Treemo (San Francisco)

Treemo: contributing to global reforestation, one check in at a time

Treemo is a mobile app that plants trees when you check-in to businesses (such as retail stores, restaurants, bars…) on multiple platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Yelp, Instagram…). Every check-in funds planting of one or multiple trees by WeForest.

Treemo was built in San Francisco at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Rodney Cullen, Nathan Abercrombie, Brandon Istenes and designer Matt Rothenberg.

Treemo is live now at treemoapp.com and available for Android devices on the Google Play store.

High five the Treemo team

Reforestation Challenge Runners up: Click4Good (Mumbai) and fuel2forest (Istanbul)

The “Hacker’s Choice” winner, who also receive entry into Sunday’s Grand Finals, based on the highest number of verified “high fives” at 12:00 BST today is:

"Hacker’s Choice" Wildcard Winners: HolePatchers (Kraków)

HolePatchers

HolePatchers is an app that allows fast and automatic localization of holes in roads, which makes it easy for you to avoid destroying your car.

HolePatchers was built in Kraków at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Stanislaw, Ania Bywanis, Bartek Dukes, Vladyslav Turovskiy and Marcin Klocek.

High five the HolePatchers Team

The other 6 Challenge Theme Winners are:

Energy and Sustainable Business Challenge Winners: Run on Sun (London)

Run on Sun is a simple tool to show all schools in the UK the pay-off from installing solar on their roof.

Run on Sun was built in London at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Thomas Edwards, Wendy from Friends of the Earth, Bri Murphy and Adam Spiers.

High five the Run on Sun Team

Energy and Sustainable Business Challenge Runners up: Climate Selfies (Toronto) - an incredible project that astonished the judges - by our youngest ever participants in Geeklist #hack4good Artash (aged 8) and Arushi (aged 5)!

Public Awareness Winners: Seal Power (Berlin)

Seal Power is an energy policy balancing game. It builds an intuitive understanding of the climate impact of various actors by giving the player the responsibility to balance them.

Seal Power was built in Berlin at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Mladen Stific, Ivan M and Danielle Reid(https://geekli.st/danieller).

High five the Seal Power Team

Public Awareness Challenge Runners up: SensoAir (virtual team from India)

Ecosystems and Nature Challenge Winners: Palm Detective (Amsterdam)

Palm Detective is a working system that automatically detects oil palm plantations from satellite images.

Palm Detective was built at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Sicco van Sas, Jorge Sáez Gómez and Marc de Ruijter in Amsterdam and nivek in Nigeria.

High five the Palm Detective Team

Ecosystems and Nature Challenge Runners up: Science Ping (Victoria BC, Canada)

Consumer Behaviour (Food and Shopping) Challenge Winners: GrabGreener (Berlin)

GrabGreener is a personal assistant to help make more sustainable, healthier shopping choices. A smartphone app that tells you the environmental impacts of your shopping habits, and helps you reduce your footprint.

GrabGreener was built in Berlin at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Oskar Hiekkanen, Mateusz Korszun, Wing, Patricia Krink and Katalin Pomikacsek.

High five the Grab Greener Team

Consumer Behaviour (Food and Shopping) Challenge Runners up: BuyMeBy (New York) and Green Shopping (Berlin).

Resilient Communities and Extreme Weather Impacts Challenge Winners: Zingu (Rain) (Nairobi)

Zingu (or Rain) is used to create a virtual annual water storage that reduces the available water for flooding and also helps people store water for future use during drought events.

Zingu was built in Nairobi, Kenya at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Caroline Njeri Kamau and Edward Kabage

High five the Zingu Team

Resilient Communities and Extreme Weather Impacts Challenge Runners up: HolePatchers (who also won the “Hacker’s Choice” wildcard and are desired above)

Collaboration Challenge Winners: FoodSurfing (Kraków)

FoodSurfing is Couchsurfing for food/Airbnb for food/Blablacar for food.

FoodSurfing was built in Kraków at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Nate, Rafal Bill, Jan Kraus, Karol Zawada and Jakub Staniewicz.

High five the FoodSurging Team

International Negotiations Challenge Winners: Startagree (virtual team)

Startagree is a social media voting tool to reach global consensus.

Startagree was built in Amsterdam and Southampton at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 by Myron Koster, Matt Rothenberg, Josh de Kock and Koen Bonenkamp.

High five the Startagree Team

Congratulations to all winning teams as well as every team who participated in Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 to build solutions addressing climate change challenges!

GRAND FINALS THIS SUNDAY!

To confirm, the 6 teams who are going forwards to this Sunday’s Global Grand Finals are:

  • Treemo
  • My Future Climate
  • Earth Issue Tracker
  • WePromise
  • BringYourCup
  • HolePatchers

Projects were assessed and will be assessed on Sunday according to six criteria:

  • Impact - this has great potential to make a significant contribution to addressing the specific climate problem it is aimed at.
  • Foundations - the project is based on solid foundations of best available scientific, economic and behavioural knowledge and evidence.
  • Portability - the project can be replicated or adapted for different countries or regions to have a global impact.
  • Distribution - there is a realistic route to delivering this project to those who need it. e.g. via an NGO partner or set of pilot users.
  • Sustainability - there is a feasible model for ongoing development of the project and the team shows a strong desire to see the project through.
  • Innovation - the approach is genuinely novel and creative and the project does something not previously possible or available.

Reuben Katz, CEO & Founder - Geeklist & the Geeklist Hack4Good series - remarked:

"It is a great honor to have had participants from over 100 cities across 60+ countries. Every continent was represented. From Melbourne to Abuja, Moscow to Krakow, Nairobi to Baguio we all united to Hack a Better Planet. Teams have already begun continuing their projects, uniting with the NGO’s to carry them forward, working with accelerators, getting sponsors and supporters.

This is why the Geeklist Hack4good series exists. It is not about winning grand prizes but about building that one product - that one spark of energy that creates momentum, forms a team and turns visions and ideas into world changing projects with the strength, network and launching pad to have true impact. This is about taking Action. Now. Each of you has done that. Winning is moving your project forward and evoking change in the world.

Every app has won the challenge. They have passionately proven their interest in hacking a better world. Every participant becomes an honorary member of the Geeklist Corps of Developers - hacking to make a better world. Congratulations to the 6 teams who have made it to the final cut… see you Sunday and may all hacks win!”

This blog was by Dan Cunningham, Head of the Geeklist Corps of Developers

Announcing “Hacker’s Choice” Wildcard Entry to #hack4good Global Grand Finals

On Wednesday during a mammoth 11 hours of live pitching sessions, 48 #hack4good finalists with the projects assessed as most likely to have a global impact, had the chance to pitch live to an incredible panel of global judges representing global tech and climate leadership.

Later today, a winner for each of the Challenge Themes will be announced - as well as a top 5 teams who will go forwards into this Sunday’s Grand Finals (7am PDT / 10am EDT / 3pm BST / 4pm CEST / 7.30pm IST) to present to an uber-panel headed up by Sir David King, the UK Government’s Special Representative on Climate Change and a world-leading authority on climate change, joined by global technology and climate leaders.

Here at Geeklist we care a great deal about empowering and giving a voice to the incredible hackers, geeks and innovators who make up our network.

Today we announce a special category: a “Hacker’s Choice” Wildcard Entry into Sunday’s Grand Finals.

The #hack4good project that gets the most “high fives” on their achievement card - over the next 24 hours ending 12:00 noon BST on Saturday 20th September - will get an automatic entry into Sunday’s finals.

Go and vote now with your “high five”s!

Rules:

  • Any project built in 48 hours at #hack4good 0.6 is eligible to enter
  • Project must be addressing one of the 15 Climate Change Challenges
  • Achievement card must include the text “built [Project] at Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 in [City]”
  • Project must have been built by a team of 2-6, who are listed on the Achievement Card
  • The total high five count at 12:00 noon BST on Saturday 20th September will determine the winner
  • If teams have more than one achievement card, only that with the highest number of high fives will be counted (tip: you should consolidate into a single achievement card and delete the others)
  • No funny business (automated voting or buying votes is not cool and will result in disqualification)

For easy voting, here is a page listing all achievement cards that have been created in the right format:

#hack4good 0.6 achievement cards

From #hack4good 0.5, the team that had the most was “Warriors on Wheels" with 45 high fives - I’m guessing you’ll need more than that to win this time around!

Go and vote now with your “high five”s!

48 Hacks Each Built in 48 Hours to Fight Global Climate Change - all going before #hack4good Global Judges this Wednesday

Now that the planet’s largest hackathon on climate change is finished, 48 projects judged as most likely to have the greatest impact (selected by local and virtual judging panels) will tomorrow present to the Global Challenges Finals Judges.

This will be a showcase of some of the most innovative technology-driven projects addressing global climate and environment challenges facing the world - each built in under 48 hours!

Tune in Live on the Geeklist #hack4good YouTube channel

In cities worldwide and online, Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 was a breathtaking 48-hour global gathering of vision, passion, creativity and collaboration - all in the name of taking on the challenges of climate change.

It brought together over 1,000 inspired software engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and innovators with the leading technologists, subject matter experts, environmental organizations, NGOs, and governments.

On Wednesday 17th September, the #hack4good judges will vote for the best projects for each of the Global Challenge Themes.

Here are the Global Challenge Finalists we’ll be seeing tomorrow:

Session 1: Reforestation

7am Wednesday London time / 11pm Tuesday San Francisco time
11.30 IST / 09.00 EEST / 08.00 CEST / 07.00 BST / 02.00 EDT / 23.00 PDT (-1 day)

Challenge: How can we reduce deforestation and stimulate massive reforestation?

3 Global Challenge Finalists:

Session 2: Energy and Sustainable Business

8am London time / midnight Tue night San Francisco time
12.30 IST / 10.00 EEST / 09.00 CEST / 08.00 BST / 03.00 EDT / 00.00 PDT

Energy Challenge: How might we stimulate and support a rapid transition to a low-carbon energy production and distribution system, whether at the international, national or community level?

Sustainable Business Challenge: How might we encourage a step change in how businesses use resources throughout their supply chain and accelerate the transition to a circular economy?

4 Global Challenge Finalists:

Session 3: Public Awareness

10am London time / 2am San Francisco time
14.30 IST / 12.00 EEST / 11.00 CEST / 10.00 BST / 05.00 EDT / 02.00 PDT

Challenge: How might we increase overall understanding of the science and facts of climate change, to gain a critical mass of public awareness and support for strong action on climate change?

5 Global Challenge Finalists:

Session 4: Personal Impact and Compelling Visualisation

11am London time / 3am San Francisco time
15.30 IST / 13.00 EEST / 12.00 CEST / 11.00 BST / 06.00 EDT / 03.00 PDT

Personal Impact Challenge: How might we help individuals and families understand their personal impact and carbon footprint, shift to climate-friendly behaviours and reduce carbon-intensive consumption?

Compelling Visualisation Challenge: Create compelling visualisations of climate models and climate impacts

7 Global Challenge Finalists:

Session 5: Ecosystems and Nature

2pm London time / 6am San Francisco time
18.30 IST / 16.00 EEST / 15.00 CEST / 14.00 BST / 09.00 EDT / 06.00 PDT

Challenge: How might we ensure the protection and restoration of natural, resilient ecosystems and conserve biodiversity in the face of climate change?

4 Global Challenge Finalists:

Session 6: Consumer Behaviour - Food and Shopping

3pm London time / 7am San Francisco time
19.30 IST / 17.00 EEST / 16.00 CEST / 15.00 BST / 10.00 EDT / 07.00 PDT

Consumer Behaviour Challenge: How can we influence and encourage climate-friendly consumption choices at all levels of society?

A total of 13 teams entered the “Consumer Behaviour” challenge so this has been split into two sub-themes.

8 Global Challenge Finalists:

Session 7: Resilient Communities and Impacts of Extreme Weather

4pm London time / 8am San Francisco time
20.30 IST / 18.00 EEST / 17.00 CEST / 16.00 BST / 11.00 EDT / 08.00 PDT

This category combines three of the challenge themes:

Resilient Communities Challenge: How can we empower communities to be strong, prepared and resilient to natural disasters?

Extreme Water Impacts Challenge: How might we improve our response and preparedness for flooding, tropical storms and sudden onset extreme weather events?

Intense Heat Impacts Challenge: How might we help communities, farmers, governments, public health organisations and NGOs respond to the agricultural and human impacts of heatwaves, drought and wildfires?

8 Global Challenge Finalists:

Session 8: Digital Activism, Collaboration and International Negotiations

5pm London time / 9am San Francisco time
21.30 IST / 19.00 EEST / 18.00 CEST / 17.00 BST / 12.00 EDT / 09.00 PDT

In this combined session, 1 winner will be selected from each of three different challenge themes:

Digital Activism Challenge: What digital tools might we give to savvy activists and campaigners that will unlock the potential to create powerful movements for climate action?

Collaboration Challenge: How might we facilitate more effective collaboration and communication between NGOs, public sector, private sector and communities in sudden onset disasters?

International Negotiations Challenge: What tools might we build to better facilitate effective international negotiations towards creating strong international agreements and commitment?

Session 9: Consumer Behaviour - Games and Challenges

7pm London time / 11am San Francisco time
23.30 IST / 21.00 EEST / 20.00 CEST / 19.00 BST / 14.00 EDT / 11.00 PDT

Consumer Behaviour Challenge: How can we influence and encourage climate-friendly consumption choices at all levels of society?

This is the second of 2 “Consumer Behaviour” sessions.

6 Global Challenge Finalists:

After selecting the winning and runner-up project for each challenge theme, judges will also vote on an overall top 6 Global Grand Finalists to go forwards to the Grand Finals Judging session at 14.00 BST this Sunday 21st September.

Add calendar of all judging sessions to your calendar (ics calendar file)

Watch all the Global Finals Judging Sessions Live on the Geeklist #hack4good YouTube channel

World’s Leading NGOs share how we should Hack Climate Change

We’ve had an incredible week of webcasts with some of the world’s leading NGOs this week, sharing the difference that we can make - as hackers, developers, designers and tech innovators - at this weekend’s Geeklist Global #hack4good against climate change

Your Planet needs you! Will you accept the call?

Wherever in the world you are join us for the planet’s largest ever global hackathon against climate change!

WWF on Responsible Finance

Forum for the Future on Sustainable Business and Accelerating the Transition to a Circular Economy

Lead International on Resilient Communities

King Tides Project on Extreme Water Impacts

Fauna & Flora International on Ecosystems and Nature

WeForest + World Resources Institute + Chiang Mai University on Stimulating Massive Reforestation

Save the Children on Personal Impact and Empowerment

with special guest Nick Hall, Head of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation at Save the Children

API Partners Providing Amazing Tools!

JustGiving - Fundraising Against Climate Change

CartoDB - Mapping and Visualisation Against Climate Change

This Weekend Hackers of the Planet Unite Against Climate Change!

Wherever in the world you are join us for the planet’s largest ever global hackathon against climate change! (online and multi-city - you can join and form a team virtually or in any of 30+ cities)

Changing How We Change the World: WWF partners with Geeklist #hack4good - live webcast on Monday

WWF, the world’s largest independent conservation organisation, have partnered with Geeklist for this weekend’s global hack against climate change - Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 - posing a series of digital challenges to shift money away from fossil fuels and stimulate rapid investment in renewable and green technology.

Sign up now for Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 (12-14 Sep in every city of the world) to work with organisations like WWF on solving climate issues and changing the world!

WWF

WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

“Global warming will have catastrophic effects such as accelerating sea level rise, droughts, floods, storms and heat waves. These will impact some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, disrupting food production, and threatening vitally important species, habitats and ecosystems. Despite compelling scientific evidence, governments and businesses have responded very slowly.”

One fundamental aspect of this is changing how we invest money - as individuals, as businesses, as financial institutions and also as governments.

“The world is way behind the level of investments needed to bring a renewable economy into reality, but in the last year, various climate focused campaigns have started a call for more and faster investments in renewable energy and transition away from fossil fuels.”

In their global ‘Seize Your Power' campaign, WWF has signed-up an incredible 120,000 people to join their call for financial institutions and governments worldwide to act immediately to invest more in renewable energy powered by wind, water and the sun - and phase out investments in coal, oil and gas. WWF will bring that support with it to September's UN Climate Summit.

As a global challenge partner of Geeklist #hack4good 0.6, WWF is heading up the Responsible Finance challenge, focused on how we might encourage responsible finance: investment in renewable energy and divestment from fossil fuels.

Katia Maia, Global Campaign Manager, Seize Your Power, said:

“It is taking all minds and all sectors to solve climate change. At a time when we know money has to move quickly out of coal, oil and gas and into renewable energy, we need all hands on deck with creative solutions for everyone to make it happen. WWF is excited to be involved with #hack4good, an initiative with the potential to change how we change the world.”

Join WWF campaigner Zoe Caron for an exclusive global webcast and live Q&A session with WWF tomorrow, Monday 8th September at 16.00 British Summer Time. (that is 08.00 PDT / 11.00 EDT / 15.00 GMT / 16.00 BST / 17.00 CEST / 18.00 EEST / 20.30 IST)


This is the first of a series of global webcasts we’re doing this week with our Global Challenge Partners. Later this week, we’ve got:

View the calendar of all the webcasts

Download .ics calendar file (to import into your Outlook or Google Calendar)

Join us to address all these challenges and more and change how we change the world!

Sign up for Geeklist #hack4good 0.6

CartoDB, the all-in-one cloud based solution for all your mapping needs

We’re really excited that CartoDB is partnering with Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 and this coming weekend will be supporting teams worldwide to build incredible mapping, geospatial information and visualisation projects to address climate change challenges! Check it out and have a go before the hackathon kicks off!

This is a guest blog by Andrew Hill, Senior Scientist at CartoDB.

CartoDB is a cloud-based platform to visualize, analyze, and develop your geospatial applications.

From the CartoDB Editor (a browser-based editor to create your data-based maps) to the CartoDB Platform (a set of APIs to manipulate your data and integrate your maps anywhere) with CartoDB you get the most efficient way to map your data for the web and mobile.

CartoDB: Create amazing maps with your data

CartoDB came to life after the development of several biodiversity and conservation data visualization projects. We couldn’t find any tools that were able to map complex data (think millions of points) in real time in a visually attractive way, so we used different open source projects and began building our own solution.

We were pleased with the results and thought that maybe others would also be interested in the technology. Cartodb.com launched more than two years ago, and since then more than 500 customers and thousands of users have signed up in more than 50 countries.

CartoDB gallery

One of the secrets of CartoDB is the power of the PostGIS database backend. This means you have a complete SQL datastore: you can work with your data in the way you already know how to. On top of this you have the ability to use geospatial extensions, which will let you do some crazy geospatial queries and work with your geospatial data just by doing SQL queries.

CartoDB is the perfect tool to create rapid prototypes: our APIs are simple and well documented, so you can start playing, testing, and building your apps immediately. It’s the perfect companion to any hackathon ;)

Want to get inspired? The maps we have been seeing come out of the CartoDB community have been amazing: projects like Urban Reviewer, the insanely popular Twitter maps, and the NGO Aid Maps coming online pretty much every day. We love this and couldn’t be more grateful for such an awesome and inspiring community of users.

Twitter maps

To get started: create a free CartoDB account, read our docs, check out our CartoDB Academy, and learn how other people are using CartoDB, and follow us on Twitter to keep up with all we’re doing.

We look forward to checking out your CartoDB-powered #hack4good projects!

Building a Global Climate Movement: 350.org unites with Geeklist #hack4good to build digital tools for activists and hack a better climate!

Global scale mobilisation, action and solutions are fundamental to humanity stepping up to the challenge of addressing climate change.

One of the reasons why climate change is such a challenging issue to tackle is the so-called “tragedy of the commons”.

Briefly - our atmosphere, our oceans and the planet’s natural resources are all shared resources. What one individual, organisation or country does, affects that resource for everybody else. Carbon that goes up gets distributed all around the planet. Ice that melts all goes into the same bathtub. Excess heat in the ocean is transferred throughout that entire system.

If every individual acts in his or her self-interest (e.g. the improvement of his or her economic condition, power and/or status), those resources are degraded, simply as a result of the collective and emergent behaviour of the system.

One way to address the issue is through global movements to shift our collective mindset, to encourage greater empathy for our fellow (and future) humans - and actually get us thinking (and acting!) in our long-term collective interest.

Another is to put in place strong global regulatory systems - international law and agreements to hold institutions, entities and individuals accountable - basically to “game” the system in favour of the positive collective outcome: sustainable management of these shared resources.

For the upcoming #hack4good against climate change, we really wanted to bring on a partner who was working at a global scale on both of these fronts in parallel.

350.org

With 350.org, we found exactly that!

I am thrilled to announce today that at #hack4good 0.6, 350.org are joining us to lead the “Digital activism” global challenge theme.

Check out what they do:

I am excited about this because…

  • They are global - their online campaigns, grassroots organising and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in an astonishing 188 countries.
  • They work in partnership - with a hundreds of partner organisations globally, including many who are also contributing towards #hack4good - the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Avaaz.org
  • They are solution-focused - their work leverages people power to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry, and to develop people-centric solutions to the climate crisis.
  • And they are digital natives - perhaps the most effective global organisation at utilising digital tools to create huge global campaigns. 350 Campaigns (Beta) is their open platform enabling anyone to build and launch a climate campaign. 350.org will be participating with us in at least Berlin, Delhi, Istanbul, London, San Francisco / Bay Area and New York - as well as virtually supporting any team working on innovative digital activism and campaigning tools.

Their challenge to all of us is:

"What digital tools can we give to savvy activists and campaigners that will unlock the potential to create powerful movements for climate action?”

And one of those movements is coming a week after #hack4good:

The Largest Climate March in History

350.org is one of the organisations helping to coordinate the People’s Climate March, taking place September 21st in NYC with solidarity events happening around the world that weekend.

We are preceding that with The Largest Climate Hackathon in History.

So what we build could actually be used by campaigners a week after the hackathon!

It is time for action. Let’s innovate our way through the “tragedy of the commons”, unite humanity and hack a better climate!

Join us in one of 45 cities or online: http://geekli.st/hackathon/hack4good-06

This blog post was by Dan Cunningham, Head of Geeklist Corps of Developers

JustGiving unites with Geeklist to hack climate change emergency response apps

In less than two months #hack4good 0.6 - the world’s largest hack against climate change - kicks off in more than 42 cities globally. We’re very pleased to announce today that JustGiving are joining us as a global sponsor and partner of this international ‪#‎hack4good event.

JustGiving is the world’s social platform for giving used by causes and fundraisers worldwide. They are pioneering innovative approaches to online and app-based fundraising.

At #hack4good 0.4, the emergency #hack4good for Typhoon Haiyan that we mobilised to assist with the emergency response in the Philippines in November, Tom Gallagher in London (now Geeklist ambassador for Barcelona) and Rohit Begani in Delhi, worked with JustGiving to build an emergency fundraising Facebook app to raise funds to help in the relief effort:

Built in 5 days using the Facebook and JustGiving APIs, the Care & Share Facebook App raised more than £30,000 for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a consortium of all the major UK disaster response charities, to help people affected by the typhoon.

In recognition of this incredible achievement, Tom and Rohit have been selected as finalists for “Giving app of the year” in this year’s JustGivingAwards.

JustGiving’s APIs enable developers to build innovative apps to raise funds for over 13,000 charities and causes worldwide.

Check out some of the apps for good that developers have already built:

Apps built with JustGiving APIs

Charles Wells, JustGiving CMO commented,

“JustGiving is extremely proud to be partnering with this year’s global climate change #hack4good event. We built JustGiving’s global platform so anyone could use our tech to reach people, raise money and inspire giving, and we’re looking forward to helping the Geeklist corps tackle some of humanity’s greatest challenges.”

JustGiving will be taking part in #hack4good with Developer Evangelists on-hand to support teams in London, Dublin and Melbourne and also supporting developers in any country to use their API.

Read more on the JustGiving Developer Portal and follow @jghackers

We’re thrilled to have JustGiving’s support in building projects and launching apps that tackle some of humanity’s greatest challenges. If you’re interested in partnering with us or sponsoring #hack4good at a global or local level, there is still time - contact hack4good@geekli.st to find out more about the impact we can create together.

This blog post was by Dan Cunningham, Head of Geeklist Corps of Developers

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