I know that this event coincides with the NYC DrupalCamp, but if any of you are interested in helping One Laptop Per Child and UNICEF bring affordable and open-source technologies to the developing world, we could really use your help. If you decide to join, please indicate that you'd like to be part of "Team Drupal" on the registration page. If you have any questions please contact me using my contact page, or shoot me an e-mail.
UNICEF, the world's leading children's organization will be holding an open Storytelling Jam and Hackathon from Friday March 28 through Sunday March 30. The three-day event will be hosted at UNICEF's headquarters in Manhattan, NY.
The focus of this event is to build and implement free and open-source tools for collecting stories, as well as gathering and spreading the stories themselves. Work will be done on a variety of platforms, from mobile phones to the One Laptop per Child's XO machine.
UNICEF is inviting software and hardware experts of all types to create tools that enable young people to capture and share their stories on various hardware devices including the XO. UNICEF's Youth Section has been actively involved in developing various projects in this area, including a radio station on a USB stick, software to allow people to access web pages through SMS / Text messages, and ways to capture the voices of young people through their mobile phones. Developers will be working in groups to either extend existing programs or create new ones. Check the projects page to see a list of proposed projects or propose one of your own. In addition to a viewing for the attendees on Sunday the 30th, Monday the 31st will feature a public viewing at UNICEF HQ where work from the weekend will be displayed and visitors will be able to record their stories.
Some suggested projects are here. UNICEF and partners have been working on developing these open-source tools for the last 8 months, and would like to extend and finalize them during this Jam.
Register Here or to view more information, including how you or your group can participate, see http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Story_Jam_New_York.
Hope some of you can make it! If not I hope to see some of you at DrupalCamp on Sunday!