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CrisisCamp DC Wrapup

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While Haitian relief isn't core to Sunlight's mission, we decided it was OK to step out of bounds for a weekend to help out. This weekend, we saw around 150 people show up in our small office space and quickly get to work. To read about the projects that were worked on and where they're at, check out CrisisCommons.org.

The media picked up on it quite a bit-- getting across the point we've been driving at for over a year now: Developers have skills that can help all kinds of volunteer efforts, and they're willing to help out. Check out the story that American Public Media's Marketplace radio ran: Devising aid programs on their laptops.

We got a lot accomplished-- through a very driven and regimented development routine, 10 projects got strong starts, though the work isn't through yet. There's still so much to do and room for lots of your participation. So if you're free this weekend, consider contributing some of your time to one of the great projects at CrisisCommons.org.

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Civic Hackers for Haiti

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The systems and information infrastructure that the entire network of relief requires for a place like Haiti, however, is also something that often needs building and supporting in times of disaster, and "civic hackers" as we often refer to them are answering the call.

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Sunlight Labs + CrisisCamp DC: Haiti

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It's hard to work on government transparency while this is going on. And here at Sunlight Labs, we like to use our skills for good. This weekend, we'll be supporting CrisisCamp Haiti Hackathon in any way that we can. We're encouraging our developers to go this CrisisCamp Hackathon on Saturday, and putting incentive to it offering them compensatory time off if they show up and contribute to the various projects that will go toward relief efforts. While the event's location is TBD, as long as it is in the DC area, we'll be there to help out. We're going to host the event here at Sunlight Labs and let the CrisisCamp Hackathon folks show us what to do.

The DC tech community and the community at large should find ways to give not only their money but their talent and skill toward saving lives and finding homes this weekend. We hope that if you're in the DC area and have some great tech skills, you'll join us in serving the folks leading CrisisCamp, and helping folks in Haiti.

Update:

We'll be providing space and bandwidth for the event as well. The event is hosted here in our offices at Sunlight. We hope you'll join us.

P.S. There's one in Silicon Valley too

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