What is RHOK?

RHOK Ottawa is part of a global movement that organizes hackathons that bring together problem solvers, creative thinkers, and technologists for a weekend to bring technology solutions to challenges faced by charities, not-for-profits, and civic organizations. Over the course of a weekend, teams of volunteers bring their creative, technical, and problem-solving know-how to tackle and solve several of these challenges.

  • For example: in 2013 a team worked with Amnesty International to work on building a platform to collect petitions on mobile devices.
  • Another team worked with Ladies Learning Code to build a job board for people who had participated in their technology skills workshops.

Random Hacks of Kindness Ottawa is currently looking for organizations who are interested in participating in our event.

Have an idea but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry...our organizing committee has lots of experience helping organizations find, define and prepare an idea for the hackathon. Here's what makes a good project:

  • Size (of the idea) matters: it has to be a big enough to allow the group to come up with a creative solution , but small enough to make lots of progress towards a solution over just one weekend.
  • Good for one, good for all: the weekend’s work that goes into developing a solution to your challenge will be released under an open source or creative commons license.
  • Work hard, have fun, feel good: the intended atmosphere of the event is to work hard, have fun and deliver something tangible (prototype, concept, design) by the end of the weekend.