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Topic # 66947 25-Aug-2010 21:17
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Hi all

This may seem like an odd topic. I'm looking for suggestions for good ways that a geek (in particular, a software engineer such as myself) can use their knowledge and skills to help the world out. I'm talking large scale disasters (eg. Pakistan floods or Haiti earthquake) as well as community contribution (eg. SPCA, Salvation Army)...

My motivation for asking: I want to help when I hear about disasters like Pakistan. I can (and do) donate money, but I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination so I can't afford to give much. I guess what I'm saying is that I don't feel like I have the money to make as much of a difference as I would like. What I do have is time, skills and knowledge that some people consider valuable. Is there a way that I can put these things to use for a good cause?

Now before you suggest contributing to an open source software project, let me just say that I fully accept that is potentially a really good option. I'm looking for specific things that I can do, so if there is a specific project that you can recommend then by all means let me know about it. I am not looking for just any old project though. I'm looking for something that can make a potentially life saving/changing difference *in people's lives*.

Looking forward to your suggestions and comments...

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  Reply # 372866 25-Aug-2010 21:52

Comms solutions would probably be helpful. Easy online payment methods for donations. Twitter is a good example for comms.

It's sorta been done but can be done better.

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  Reply # 372867 25-Aug-2010 22:04
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Talk to http://www.timmcnamara.co.nz/ about http://sahanafoundation.org/ . Based on wellington and involves a bunch of python iirc 

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  Reply # 372883 25-Aug-2010 22:45
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I currently mentor a kid through the Big Brother Big Sister organisation and occasionally help them with ICT issues at their office. I've also got the company I work for to provide them with a free domain and free email hosting. Hopefully at some point we'll whip them up a basic website too.

The kid I was matched with is quite interested in programming and computers in general so every couple of weeks (we meet weekly) he'll ask me about some programming/coding he's having issues with and I'll help him through it or otherwise give him a tutorial in it.

Its really rewarding and you directly see the results of your work.

Not sure where you're located (didn't see before I clicked reply) but hopefully there's a BBBS chapter near you or something similar. 

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