What do these hacks have in common?

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This month our friends at Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) led a global hack for humanity, bringing together close to 1,000 people to hack for social good in over 28 cities including Warsaw, where they worked in close collaboration with NetSquared and Fundacja TechSoup. Technologists teamed up with subject-matter experts to solve a wide range of social and environmental problems by building software applications.

Here are a few examples of the issues the hackers at RHoK Global took on:

  • Highlighting life-preserving resources for the homeless and homeless service providers, particularly food and shelter resources, in Philadelphia
  • Building a disaster preparedness system in Samoa
  • Supporting farmers through a technology powered seed saving project
  • Helping communities across the world affected by water scarcity, quality and access

Q. What do all these examples from RHoK Global have in common?

A. They rest upon RHoK’s problem formulation model, which starts by identifying, defining and refining problem definitions provided by subject matter experts and local stakeholders. 

I recently wrote a post on why problem formulation is important if you are trying to create technology-enabled solutions to address pressing social issues. 

So if you are working on a social problem that is looking for a technology-powered solution, take a few minutes and complete our problem definition template to take your project to the next level. 

(NOTE: If you are a Net2 Challenge alumni you can also enter the Net2 All-Star Invitational. Remember, submissions for both close on December 15).

Once we get your submission, we’ll help you clarify and crystallize your problem definition so that it's solution-ready. And while we can’t promise it will be selected, we’ll even pass on our favorite submissions to RHoK.