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Coding for good: Highlights from the open source humanitarian movement

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HFOSS, Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software, is a movement inspired first by the December 2004 Asian tsunami, and then by other humanitarian needs in the health, civic, finance and academic sectors (especially for women and people of color).

Leslie Hawthorn, part of Red Hat's Community Action and Impact team, gives example after example of how HFOSS has improved and made possible disaster preparedness and relief programs, as well as empowered other projects:

  • OpenMRS, electronic health records. 
  • Public transportation applications. 
  • Microloans for thousands to start small businesses in their communities (especially women, worldwide). 
  • Computer Science programs, students' code used for social good. 
  • Grace Hopper Codeathon for Humanity, growing conference for women in technology.
  • Random Hacks of Kindness, helps to mitigate disasters as they occur. 

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An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has over 10 years experience in high tech project management, marketing and public relations. In March 2012 she joined Red Hat, Inc., where she is responsible for Community Action & Impact on the company’s Open Source and Standards team. Prior to Red Hat, she served as Outreach Manager at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab and as a Program Manager for Google’s Open Source Team, where she managed the

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