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Geeks Without Bounds (GWOB)

Geeks Without Bounds is an accelerator for humanitarian projects. We take teams through a six month mentorship cycle to bring good intentions to a state of deployment. Humanitarian response is a long-standing community with a diverse ecosystem of organizations and methods. Recent focus on crowd sourcing and crisis mapping has brought an influx of technology volunteers and digital humanitarians to this already complex system.

Contributing to response efforts without unnecessarily complicating this ecosystem is a difficult task.One way of guiding this surge of attention has been through hackathons, where developers come together with experts to address stated problems. However, this model lacks a key component: a way for people to continue development after the event. Our solution is an accelerator for humanitarian initiatives.Communication technologies amplify intent; they do not solve human problems (ex., you can't make someone be honest, but you can build a system which encourages honesty).

Accelerators are about making intent match application by exposing a developer with good intentions to the field and/or to mentors who understand the field, which leads to more useful tools.We propose a solution to connect developers with an expanded and ever more able global community of responders who can aid in tool learning, maintenance, and further development. We take teams through a process of acceleration which builds upon the best parts of current humanitarian response, and then feeds back into that community. With your support, Geeks Without Bounds will create better tools and the transition necessary to integrate them more effectively into both global response awareness and affected populations

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Mentorship, event facilitation, building software tools, building low-cost hardware tools.
Workflow Inputs: 
What are the pain points for response, and which of those could be effectively eased through the use of technology? What sorts of connectivity and power is available, what are the security concerns, what is the most basic thing that could help everywhere?
Workflow Outputs: 
Technical teams who are aware of the ecosystem of humanitarian response, know how to interact with them, and have structured their business to serve response teams. People who know how to ask the right questions and deliver reliable products.
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