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Taarifa featured as a Random Hacks of Kindness project at Google Zeitgeist 13

21 May

Dirk, Simon and Florian spent a very interesting and inspiring two days at Google Zeitgeist 13, representing Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) and Taarifa. We had been invited to show delegates and speakers from all over the world what these projects are about, what they can do for the world and what motivates us to invest our spare time to develop applications for social and humanitarian good.

Dirk demonstrating Taarifa to a delegate

Dirk demonstrating Taarifa to a delegate

We really got to experience Zeitgeist, listen to the talks broadcast in the demo area, try out Google glass and meet the other sandbox projects MaKey MaKey, 3Doodler and LifeWatch.

Florian exchanging his glasses for Google glass

Florian exchanging his glasses for Google glass

Scott Harrison gave a very stirring review of the story behind charity: water and the struggle to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. It would be great to learn from their raving success and discuss potential applications of Taarifa for water mapping.


Southampton Hackathon: Djangorifa

11 Sep

The Southampton Art House proved an apt venue for hacking on our return to Southampton. Building on the work at the previous hackathon we had a new toy to play with: Djangorifa – The new python version of the Taarifa platform. It’s currently in its very earliest stages of development, but where we’re going is clear, rebuilding from the ground up. The interface focuses purely on the data and reporting on it. If you’re interested in helping us develop it further, join us and check out our github for instructions to get started!

While hackathons on the Taarifa platform are a very good thing indeed, giving a view into how we develop our tools is as important as the hacking itself. With this shedding light on the problem statements, then design process, finally with incorporating lessons learned from deployments is important, and now fully incorporated in how we do things. Part of this is through videos and audio as well as code. Development in this area will get progressively more important as we grow. Our Knight Foundation grant has been submitted but more on this in a later post.

Hackathon Announcement

27 Jan

After the success of our first hackathon (where Taarifa was born!) the planning for the second  has begun!

Currently we’ve our second event planned for 3-5th of February. Food and drink will be provided, but we’re looking for a location to host. We need space for 10ish people, wifi in London. If you think you can please get in touch! In return you’ll get eternal gratitude and burritos! The very good people at Shoreditch Works have let us use their new space for our hackathon. Essentially they are made of win. The address is at 32-38 Scrutton Street, EC2A 4RQ. Taarifans assemble at 1030!

We’ll convene on Friday evening for a meal and to discuss priorities for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday is when the hacking will commence! Look forward to seeing YOU there!