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Krakow Post Writer

Mar 2014
Kraków, PL

Seven teams created innovative smart technology tools to help transform the lives of disadvantaged people in Poland and worldwide.

Krakow Tech Heads Help Transform Lives

Disadvantaged people have every reason to toast the success of a charity drive that brought IT experts together in Krakow.
Talented software App developers got in the inventors’ saddle for a 48-hour non-stop Hackathon in aid of needy communities, and came up trumps.
Seven teams created innovative smart technology tools to help transform the lives of disadvantaged people in Poland and worldwide.
First place in the Krakow hack4good event at the creativestyle office in Zabłocie went to a team that developed a mobile App allowing blind people to obtain real-time audio information about bus and tram journeys.
Runners-up also perfected a mobile App enabling deaf people to send an emergency SMS message via the 112 service to call for help. This second-placed winning tool is set to be rolled out across Poland in the summer.
Third place went to the creators of an App intended to send urgent text message requests for help to registered blood donors.
Eight projects were supported by volunteers representing non-profit organisations at the hack4good weekend tech-marathon in Zabłocie on Feb 7–9, 2014.
One of the teams went 48 hours without a break to develop two tools for needy causes. Each team accepted the challenge to create games and practical tools for charities, non-govermental organisations and people with special needs.
It was a long haul but worthwhile, thanks to the generosity of event sponsors: Google, Creativestyle, Codete, Copper, Making Waves, Softnauts, Software Mansion, SMSapi, Estimote, e24cloud.com, burn, PWN, and Freshmail, who supplied food, drinks, prizes and API technical support.
Judges had a hard decision to make, but agreed that the best project was the talking travel system, created by Maciej Szafraniec, Jakub Mazur and Ivo Polański. It gives non- and partially-sighted users up-to-the-second aural commentary on bus and tram movements – guiding people to stops, telling them where the next service is due, when it has arrived and, once on board, real-time updates on the journey. The application works thanks to devices called beacons produced by the Estimote company – which utilise the Bluetooth network.
The implementation of text messages to the emergency telephone number for the deaf has wider use for able-bodied people alike. The team (Jakub Wiśniewski and Wojciech Krawczyk) has already been in discussion with the people in charge of the nationwide 112 SOS telephone service, with hopes high that technology created at the hackathon could be rolled out early as June 2014.
In third place were Artur Staniec, Dawid Rusnak, Marcin Klocek, Bartek Dukes and Krzysztof Daniel, who created a useful tool that trawls medical websites to notify registered blood donors via email, SMS or Android as and when life-saving donations are needed.
A spokesperson for the organisers said: “We thank everyone who made the event a success, from the sponsors and organisers to the developers and the representatives of the not-for profit organisations.”

Natalia Stanko; March 13, 2014; http://www.krakowpost.com/7791/2014/03/krakow-tech-heads-help-transform-lives

Krakow Post Writer

Jan 2014
Kraków, PL

I am happy to spread the word about hack4good and an other great events.

Be a Hacking Hero!

If you are a web or mobile developer, you can change the world for the better by creating IT apps for needy causes. Come and join #hack4good! Krakow is hosting this international event among 50 cities world wide. The hackathon starts on Friday, February 7 at 7 pm and will run for 48 hours at Creativestyle’s office in Zabłocie, near Kazimierz.
#hack4good is a global event that focuses solely on uniting the world’s greatest expert engineers, designers, product builders, and entrepreneurs to help make the world a better place for everyone – from children to charities and the disabled alike.
One of the organisers in Krakow, said: “We’re working with global charities like Amnesty International, Oxam, NPR Labs as well as local charities like Unicorn, Stowarzyszenie Krwiodawcy, Krakowski Alarm Smogowy, Czarna Owca Pana Kota, Wawelska Kooperatywa Społeczna and Mam Marzenie. They know the problems people in need have, and we are going to try to solve those problems. We believe we can help – that the technology we use can change and save lives.”
The event will be connected with other cities and live-streamed through Spreecast 24h. There will be experts and mentors available to help with challenging problems. Thanks to API partners, there will be services and platforms available to use for free. Sponsors will provide food, drinks and snacks for developers. The event will end with a prize-giving on Sunday evening – the hardest work must be rewarded.

Natalia Stanko; January 30, 2014; http://www.krakowpost.com/7623/2014/01/be-a-hacking-hero