Doing their bit for climate change, a group of about 200 developers, technologists, hackers and app developers from the city will take part in the 0.6 #hack4good, a hackathon against climate change that will be held simultaneously in 50 countries across the world from September 12-14, 2014.
At the event, more than 3,000 software experts will gather to hack against climate change by building prototypes of technology solutions that address 15 global climate change challenges. Teams will create solutions to problems set by government organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and experts in the field in 48 hours. The winning teams will present their projects at the UN Climate Summit in September.
A team from Hyderabad took the third place by creating an app that will create mobile network during any disaster. “The outcome of this hackathon will result in hundreds of prototype projects that demonstrate innovative technology solutions to have a positive impact on climate by creating awareness, by sending alerts and more.
At each location, a judging panel comprising technology leaders and subject matter experts will select the best teams, which will present their projects as part of Climate Week alongside the UN Climate Summit in New York in September,” said Harish Kotra, one of the participants and part of the organising committee. In #hack4good 0.5, which was held in February this year at the Google India office, over 90 hackers participated. One of the apps built during this hackathon in Hyderabad, called Offline Connect and Communicate, came third.
“The app tackled the problem of communication in a disaster situation using Raspberry Pi devices to build ad-hoc WiFi network that will allow voice communication between Android phones, even when mobile networks are down. Even the other three hacks were from India,” Harish, participant and part of the organising committee.
Online registrations are open for all interested Hyderabadis at hack4goodhyd.eventbrite.com.