Random Hacks of Kindness Philadelphia: organizing, judging hackathon

One half of the teams at Random Hacks of Kindness Philadlephia, held June 4-5, 2011. Photo by by Philip Neuffer for Technically Philly.

This weekend, I spent at least 30 hours in a windowless room of Drexel University for Random Hacks of Kindness Philadelphia, an international globally-minded hackathon brought to Philly by computer science PhD student and West Philly homeowner Mike Brennan.

It was actually a total hoot.

After a cool reception Friday night at co-working space Indy Hall over local and imported beer (for the kickoff of Philly Beer Week), Saturday morning featured a keynote by a local representative of legendary web anonymity tool Tor, brainstorming and team creation.

By the end of the first day, we had six teams working on at least that many projects. Watch below a tour of the teams I gave toward the end of the first day.

Read over at Technically Philly what came out.

From there, the teams built projects, some well into Saturday night, most returning Sunday for more. In addition to organizing the reception and helping with registration, promotion and the like, I was a judge, along with a NASA open data specialist, a representative from consulting firm SecondMuze and the dean of Drexel’s computer science program.