Calling all women: The RHoK 20% challenge and a Yahoo! scholarship

At the 2010 Grace Hopper Conference, the Open Source for Good panel threw down a 20% challenge for women engineers: Represent!

The challenge is to ensure that, at the upcoming third annual Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event, women constitute 20% of all participants. Expected attendance is expected to be over 200 people in some places; this means we need at least 40 women in these locations.

Yahoo! scholarship available

Yahoo! will fund one university student up to US$800 to attend this event. Any female, full-time university student who is able to go in person may enter the competition.

To enter, write a short paragraph of no more than 250 words about why you want to change the world. Submit your entry by email by midnight PST on November 22, 2010. A winner will be selected by November 28th, and will be notified shortly thereafter.


The upcoming hackathon is on December 4-5, 2010. The US main stage location is Chicago, with satellite locations in New York and Seattle. Here's the list of global main stages and satellites.

Main Stages

  • Aarhus, Denmark
  • Bangalore, India
  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil

Global Satellites

  • Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • New York, New York, U.S.A.
  • Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
  • Toronto, Canada

RHoK organizes marathon hacking events at multiple global locations, which bringing together developers from all over the world to develop software solutions that respond to the challenges facing humanity today. A RHoK Hackathon brings together the best and brightest hackers from around the world, along with people new to the hacking and open source world.

During the event, these volunteers work together to solve real-world humanitarian problems.

Don't miss your chance to change the world. BE THERE! You know you want to be a global RHoKstar.

Sign up now.

Yahoo! is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, garbled, unintelligible or misdirected entries, or for any errors or failures of any kind (including but not limited to human error) in the transmission, receipt, or processing of entries. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: By entering, participants release and hold harmless Yahoo!, its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage arising from or in connection with participation in this promotion or acceptance / use of any prize.