Project: June 2012 Accleration process
The prototype of Geeks Without Bounds’ Accelerator for Humanitarian Projects will begin at June’s Random Hacks of Kindness.What it is
It’s vital to know where your project fits in the world of humanitarian response. Is someone already building something like this? Who would use this tool, and could they do so safely? For July and August, Kate Chapman of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and Sara Farmer formerly of Global Pulse will provide mentorship to teams to guide them toward responsibility and relevance.
In August and September, teams will be mentored in technical execution and security. Eva Galperin of the EFF and Riley Eller of Ghetto Hackers will cover privacy and data retention policies. Other individuals will coach teams through technical execution and best implementation of their skillsets with their goal in mind.
October will include guidance through business development, setting up legal containers, and beginning pitches for potential funding sources. Kav Latiolais, Startup Weekend facilitator and partner at LIFFFT, will hone business models and presentations. John Higgins of Tropo will mentor in bizdev and pitches. Setting up businesses and non profits will be mentored by Joshua Furman of Furman Law.
In our final month of November, teams will begin to look for funding, with John Higgins coaching. Crowd funding, venture capital, sponsorship, and grants will all be explored as options for continued development.
Each of these mentorships will take place remotely, with the mentors being as distributed as the accelerated teams. You can learn more about our mentors and our advisory board on the Who Is GWOB? page.