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Can 50 Hackers Help Save the World in One Day?

Mashable   
May 26th, 2011



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by Zachary Sniderman

Online activism platform Change.org is hosting a hackathon called Hack for Change, designed to get engineers coding quickly for social good.

Change.org will pick 50 engineers from a list of applicants and throw them into a programming blitz at its San Francisco headquarters. The goal is to get coders, designers and other creative types to start applying their talents to the non-profit and social good sector. While other hackathons have tried to get its talent to think like programmers, Hack for Change is trying to convince programmers to work for social good.

“The smartest people in the world are focused on problems that don’t really matter,” says Ben Rattray, founder of Change.org. “What we want to do is dedicate the time, effort and energy of those people to important issues.”

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