I recently started working on an autumn project with the the amazing team at TheGivingLab, an R&D department at a charity aiming to find new ways of giving with Charity API’s, a project funded by NESTA amongst others.
When it’s a given that chuggers (charity muggers) hasseling you on the street for a signup doesn’t really work, and neither does starving babies on posters, we need to go further than choosing between several old-fashioned ideas of giving, making place for contemporary ideas.
By early 2013 we aim to have 5 launched ideas proving that charity API’s is the way to go and we are inviting developers, designers, UI/UX and idea-creators to a series of Hack Days we are running this autumn.
We aiming to hack together asquirky and loving ideas as possible like last week we already worked with Windows8 Code Weekend and Dev4Good, read more about the ideas here.
TheGivingLab has 3 more hack days coming up this autumn, here are the confirmed ones:
I am proud to host the seventh GeekGirlMeetup in Stockholm, Sweden on the 26+27th of May 2012. We have space for 250 women, 3 strands, Creative Business, Just epic and Social Business. As the theme Beautiful Data suggests, we will be digging into a lot of visualisations and understanding how to use graph databases and APi´s.
All i can say here is thank you Lina Thomsgård for starting Equalisters. It alowwed us to create lists of alternatives to the prevailing norms that work! Way to go Lina, we´ve come a long way since that garage editorial room in 1995 at Brus as teenagers.
Rättviseförmedlingen is called Equalisters in English. Equal for equality, and listers for all the people who contribute to the massive lists that we compile of people who can serve as alternatives to prevailing norms. [Read more here]
Erik Pettersson reacted to when I said we should make a “Shit Silicon Valley Says” videos, and i agree, we´ve been a bit to serious lately.
Let’s collect all the one-liners of 140 characters, tragi-comical, funny, rhiming and whitty all about the Swedish startup and social media scene the way we know best and post them either in:
A. The comment’s
B. Om twitter with the hashtag #ssswcs (Shit SSWC says) or #SBS (Shit Bubblan Says)
Erik and I will take care of the editing and the filming with help of people who have been asked but not yet confirmed, altho Im shure we can do it with a phone. Everyone will be credited who’s material we have used.
So why SSWC and Bubblan? As SSWC and Bubblan probably is the epicentra that links the social and the startups into the mesh that makes it a tangiable network, where everybody knows everybody. This isa good place to start. If someone fancies making new alternatives up, have your go, your even allowed to joke abut GeekGirlMeetup and social media expert if you like. Knock yourself out.
Restriction: There will be filtering for racist and illegal comments towards minorities, etc.
The “focus on the user and all else will follow” that Google has been promoting for so many years is now taking a turn, promoting its own Google+ in organic search results before the actual search results. A plugin avaliable to Safari, Chrome and Firefox allows a clear search. Not to mention the plugin is built purely on Googles own code and kit, no other API´s used.
How easy is it, will take long, do i need to know how to code? Hell no! Just drag and drop a button into your bookmark field in your browser, and off you go with clean search results.
What to do?
Go to FocusOnTheUser.org and drag the button to your bookmarks bar. Then when you are doinga search, just click the button and you will get the real search result, without google promoting their own social results.
If i was a judge in a coding competition for relevant search engine results, Google+, frankly, you would be disqualified.
Startup Sweden and Originate throw a ‘Startup Weekend’ event this weekend (Dec. 2-4). They just added a grand prize of a 250000 SEK investment in the form of development time!
They would really love to have more women entrepreneurs at the event, as they’re rather underrepresented right now. Girls and women, geeks of the industry, hope to see you there! People who don’t have a team yet are welcome too!