Last week the RHoK Sustainability Project was announced. A key component of this project is the introduction of sustainability partners. These partners will select projects emerging from the next RHoK event in June and provide them with mentorship and resources to realize their potential. Today they announced the first RHok Sustainability Partner – us! We’ve been working on our Accelerator for Humanitarian Initiatives and we’re super excited to project our first round of teams being on-boarded from the June RHoK.
Geeks Without Bounds is thrilled to be working with Random Hacks of Kindness in this cycle. The hackathon model is a phenomenal spark from which to easily fan the flames of prolonged involvement. We aim for the incubation participants to become mentors in the RHoK community, showcasing what long-term dedication to these worthwhile causes can produce.
The advisory board of Geeks Without Bounds will follow the presentations at Random Hacks of Kindness to gain awareness of the teams and tools which would benefit most from an acceleration cycle. Those teams would then be invited to join the accelerator. This process involves mentorship, promotion, and exposure to the community. Each team works remotely from their origin city to maintain close ties to the problems which are most relevant to them.
The GWoB Incubator will operate on a timeline that moves from prototype to field development to long-term sustainability in six months. This process involves three mentorship components.
- Field Mentorship: Field Experience, Impact Assessment, Use Case Development, Prototyping and Testing.
- Technical Mentorship: Technical Mentor Skill Matching, Development Milestones, Technical Development Support.
- Business Mentorship: Business Development, Funding Models, Licensing & IP Management, Establishing Relationships with Funders.
The incubation model will not only improve the vitality of individual projects, it will help strengthen and focus a motivated community. For example, one way of focusing efforts from these events is to introduce a business model to it. This means researching the current market – is there a need? Is someone else already filling the need? How would you do it differently from them? Reaching out to see what exists, both so far as need and delivery, means a wider awareness of the global ecosystem of response. This benefits developers, subject matter experts, and, most importantly, the individuals who can be aided by technology developed through RHoK.
This model also benefits established response organizations and individuals. The curation of likely long-term contributors to the community means less burden on people who are already strapped for cognitive cycles. The teams coming from the response community are well versed in a myriad of topics, from field experience to security to determining relevance.