Chopping up for good: it’s Random Hacks of Kindness Day at UNISA

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Ever heard of Random Hacks of Kindness? Probably not, but RHOK is one of those global tech thingy/movements/ideas you should follow. It’s a loose association of international hack spaces funded with some cash from folk like Microsoft, who all get together online twice a year to do good with their l33t technical skills. There’s a South African chapter, of course, which is meeting up this weekend (as are all the overseas ones) at UNISA’s campus in Pretoria.

What happens at these things is a group of hackers turn up along with other civic minded souls, who hopefully provide the hackers with ideas for social good. It’s a two day thing, and the best software and hardware prototypes knocked up over two days get shown off sometime just after lunch on Sunday.

There’s a list of problems looking for willing hackers to solve over here. They include the challenge of building a cashless payment system for a school campus so pupils don’t have to carry around money and a request to build an app that will give buyers a chance to vote up or down real-life stores.

Sadly, I can’t make it along – it’s been a busy week getting htxt up and running and I some other commitments, but you can follow the event’s Twitter feed for pics and news of projects under over here: RHOK Pretoria.

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.