Some of the IT industry's biggest names are lending their support to Random
Hacks of Kindness, a weekend of hard coding at which volunteer engineers seek to
solve real world problems.
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Nasa and The World Bank are founding partners in
the event, which this year takes place from 4 to 6 June.
The "hackathon" will kick off in Washington DC, alongside global satellite
events in Jakarta, Sydney, Nairobi and Sao Paolo. A special two-day workshop
will be held at Microsoft's offices in Maryland.
"We start with problem definitions created through consultations with
non-governmental organisations, governments and experts in the field from around
the world," said Google in a blog post.