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:
- East Asia & Pacific on the rise: Random Hacks of Kindness: software developers create and share code to tackle disaster relief 
- Humanitarian FOSS Project: Random Hacks of Kindness 
- Emergency Management: Random Hacks of Kindness 
- In Case of Emergency Blog: “Random Hacks Of Kindness” Starts Today 
- openNASA: Random Hacks of Kindness 
- CNET: Hackers Create Tools for Disaster Relief 
- CNET Photos: Random Hacks of Kindness 
- ESRI at the Random Hacks of Kindness Codejam 
- AFCEA: “Random Hacks of Kindness” to Aid Emergency Response 
- CMU: Carnegie Mellon Team Wins First Prize at Random Hacks of Kindness 
For more information about the event or the Random Hacks of Kindness initiative, check out the following sites:
The next Random Hacks of Kindness  event is expected to take place early next year, possibly in Washington DC. We'll keep you posted.
(Photos by Jeremy Johnstone. )