About 110 software developers got together at the Back Bay office of Kantar Media over the weekend – a full house for Random Hacks of Kindness, aka organized in part by CrisisCamp Boston.
The list of projects and challenges ranged from NASA to natural disaster response to broadband bandwidth issues at hospitals and nonprofits.
Jamie Meredith, a technical account manager at Burlington, Mass.-based Acquia, was there with a handful of Drupal developers and a disaster response expert to work on help4OK.org, a project Acquia put together to connect people in Moore, Okla., with rides and housing after last month's massive tornado. They're trying to make it applicable to other disaster response situations.
"I need food. I need clothing. I need a backhoe. Whatever it may be, we want to make that application agnostic," Meredith said. "The challenge in doing that is you really have to go through a process of determining what are all the various possibilities and then building the application to address the lowest common denominator."