GHC News: Grace Hopper Open Source Day Organization Spotlights: Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance and Kids on Computers
This is the fourth post in a five-part series highlighting the social impact organizations participating in the second annual Grace Hopper Open Source Day .
Grace Hopper Open Source Day introduces conference attendees to the wonderful world of open source software and is an opportunity to collaborate with your fellow attendees to write software for one of ten open source software projects, all of which have a humanitarian or social good focus. Attendees of all skill and experience levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. In the previous issues, our readers have been introduced to to Google Crisis Response, GNOME A11y, Systers, GoodSpeaks, the Sahana Foundation and the Shared Learning Collaborative.
In this issue we continue our series with introductions of the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance and Kids on Computers.
Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
For each Grace Hopper Open Source Day, the program committee commits to serving projects local to the city where the conference will be held. For over 10 years, the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore (known as BNIA-JFI) – has been committed to promoting, supporting, and helping communities make better decisions using accurate and reliable data and indicators to improve the quality of life in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Communities in distressed areas of the City often struggle to “make their case” regarding the issues that confront their neighborhoods. BNIA-JFI supports the democratization of data to help communities with varying levels of resources to make well-informed decisions for a better quality of life in every neighborhood. BNIA-JFI recently released a video celebrating its 10th anniversary. BNIA-JFI is also a partner member of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership of the Urban Institute (NNIP).
Participants in Open Source Day will have the opportunity to help BNIA-JFI in a variety of ways, including developing the front end of a search tool that allows community users to interactively select quality of life indicators from the website. Attendees can also design a data model for easy input to the search tool. To learn more or to sign up to work with BNIA-JFI, visit their project page.
Kids on Computers
Returning for their second year, Kids on Computers (KOC) is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization working to provide free computers and free and open source software to disadvantaged kids and schools open to the public. KOC’s mission is to set up computer labs in schools around the world where kids have no other access to technology. Using donated, used computers, open source software and volunteers, KOC has set up seven computer labs in Argentina and Mexico over the past two and a half years and our currently working on labs in Morocco and India.
Participants will work on a range of projects focused on inventory management for machines donated to KOC. To learn more and sign up to work with KOC, visit their project page.
Have a laptop that you’re no longer using? Kids on Computers will be accepting donated hardware at the Free and Open Source Software Projects booth at Grace Hopper. During the GHC donation drive, KOC will only be able to take donated laptops, but please stop by the booth to learn more about the project and how to donate other kinds of hardware.
Please visit the Grace Hopper Open Source Day page to register. We hope to see you there!
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