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NASA And Tech Partners Encourage Information Exchange

WASHINGTON -- Looking to make a difference? NASA, Google, Microsoft, The World Bank and Yahoo! are inviting software developers, independent computer experts and students to participate in the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event on Dec. 4 and 5 in several locations around the world.

RHoK is a global event that will use technology to make the world a better place by building a community of innovation. A "hackathon" brings together the best and brightest hackers from around the world, who volunteer their time to solve real-world problems. RHoK is also an opportunity to meet and work with top software developers and experts from around the world, create new applications and win prizes.

"NASA is proud to be supporting Random Hacks of Kindness and promote wider usage of our open data to solve the world's greatest challenges," said NASA CIO Linda Cureton.

The hackathon is a fast-paced competition where software developers have a specific time to solve challenges. At the end of the two-day marathon, a panel of experts will review each hack. The winners will earn prizes and the opportunity to see their applications put to use to respond to critical disaster risk challenges.

The December event will take place in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Berlin, Toronto, Mexico City and several other international locations.

For more information about RHoK or to register for any of the global events, visit

http://www.rhok.org/events/rhok-2/ .

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