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Random Hacks of Kindness support disaster relief projects

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Random Hacks of Kindness / Photo by Jeremy Johnstone

A couple of weeks ago, a few World Bank staff members teamed up with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA-AMES, disaster relief experts, and the software developer community in Mountain View, California to help find better ways to support disaster relief efforts.

The result, the Random Hacks of Kindness Codejam, brought together about 150 people at the Hacker Dojo, and resulted in some innovative hacks (or solutions to technical problems) that will hopefully shape the way the developer community supports disaster relief efforts going forward.

There has been a lot of coverage of the event already (including a great post on the East Asia & Pacific on the rise blog), so instead of going in to that, here's a quick list of posts and articles about the event that you might want to check out:

 

Google, meet the World Bank. World Bank data, meet Google search results

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Today, we’re excited to announce a new initiative with Google that brings 17 of the World Development Indicators to a special public data feature in Google search results.  One year ago, we launched the World Bank API which allows developers to build applications using an assortment of World Bank data, and we couldn’t help but dream of an opportunity like this with Google.

Preliminary thoughts from Web 2.0 Summit

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I've been here in San Francisco for the past few days, and when I haven't been stuffing my face with burritos and Blue Bottle coffee, I've been spending time at the Web 2.0 Summit.

I'll jot down some more coherent and cohesive thoughts about the Summit during my red-eye back to DC later tonight, but for now, I wanted to share a few presentations, issues, and ideas that have jumped out at me during the session so far.

And we're back...

Sameer Vasta's picture

Things have been quiet here for a while because a bunch of us have been out in Istanbul for the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings. Expect more posts in the next few days, there's a lot going on over the next little while.

A quick glimpse of what to expect over the next week or so:

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