We have reactions to the event from 3 of Yahoo!'s female participants: Avni Khatri, Tiger team software engineer, authored the main post, with additional comments from Natalia Vinnik, Frameworks software engineer, and scholarship winner Malveeka Tewari, a Computer Science graduate student at the University of California, San Diego.
Malveeka Tewari, Natalia Vinnik, Avni Khatri, and Nico Preston
We did it: The challenge was for women to make up 20% of the participants at Random Hacks of Kindness event #2 on December, and our Chicago contingent was 33% female. All in all, RHoK reports some 1,500 hackers in 20 locations around the world. Above all, though, what came through was the spirit of collaboration between people. Didn't matter what company or where people came from: We were all there to do good and that was evident.
The organization was superb. From location, logistics, food, security, registration, t-shirts, to photography — everything was great. It was awesome to have live feeds of the other locations around the world. So well organized!
Chicago sponsor CNA Insurance lit up its building for the event
The quality of the projects was amazing. From modifications to PersonFinder to do full text searching and linking with Twitter, to building on the Sahana Foundation framework for the Chicago Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), to mobile applications, and to building projects from scratch (urban search-and-rescue, flood-level mapping), the caliber of the projects was very high.
For more photos, see the official Flickr photostream of the event.
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Editor's Note:Yahoo! is a founding partner of RHoK, along with Google, Microsoft, NASA, and the World Bank.