Mash your way to a better world [reblog]

February 21, 2008 | jeffreybarke

From: The Programming Mechanism

From Google Maps API Blog:

This seems like a very cool idea and I think theMechanism will get involved:

Posted by Mano Marks, Geo APIs Team. Our friends up at NetSquared recently opened a mashup challenge to engage developers in helping nonprofits realize some of their web ideas. The concept is pretty simple. First, nonprofits post ideas on data they have and what they'd like to be able do do with it on the web. Then, product managers and developers peruse projects and sign up to help produce specs and bring them to life over the course of the next month. Nonprofits with the coolest mashup at the end are eligible for grants totaling $100k at this year's NetSquared conference in May. This year there's extra emphasis on openness, from standards and data to software and ideas. If your mashup can itself be mashed up, all the better. Mix and match APIs from different sources as you see fit—the only goal is to meet a need that a nonprofit has expressed. We like this idea a lot, and we want to help it—and potential volunteers like you—succeed. On March 7, we'll be hosting a hackathon at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, for participants, where you'll be able to talk shop with API experts from Google. We'll also be inviting gurus from other API providers in the area to join us so you get all the help you need. If you sign up to work on a project you'll hear more from NetSquared about this event and others like it. Go check out some of the projects, think about how you might be able to apply your design skills and API wizardry to help these groups out, sign up, and mash away!

Published by: jeffreybarke in The Programming Mechanism

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Britt Bravo
February 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Thanks for spreading the word about the NetSquared Mashup Challenge!

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Britt Bravo
February 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Thanks for spreading the word about the NetSquared Mashup Challenge!

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Dave Fletcher
February 26, 2008 at 6:25 pm

You are welcome, Britt!

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Dave Fletcher
February 26, 2008 at 6:25 pm

You are welcome, Britt!

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Nathaniel Whittemore
March 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Hi Jeffrey and Dave,

I saw that you were writing about the Netsquared Mashup challenge and I wanted to share a little bit about our Mashup Challenge entry: Assetmap.org/uganda. You can read more at http://www.assetmap.org/uganda

The question behind the project is this: with peace on the horizon after 20 years of war in northern Uganda, and the big NGOs soon heading off to other war zones, who is going to support community organizations and northern Ugandan civil society as it transitions to peace time?

By mapping information about ongoing community-led philanthropic partnerships in northern Uganda, assetmap.org/uganda helps American citizens aggregate their resources to support post-conflict transformation.

We hope to facilitate collaboration among American donors and volunteers by providing a digital tool that:

“¢maps project locations so you know who’s working where
“¢tags information about the specific issues projects and organizations seek to address
“¢links tagged and mapped projects to the facebook and LinkedIn profiles of participating donors or volunteers

If you’re interested in supporting us, please visit and vote for us here:
http://www.netsquared.org/2008/conference/projects/assetmap-org-uganda

Thanks!

Nathaniel Whittemore
Director, Northwestern University Center for Global Engagement
http://www.mycge.org
globalengagement at gmail

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Nathaniel Whittemore
March 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Hi Jeffrey and Dave,

I saw that you were writing about the Netsquared Mashup challenge and I wanted to share a little bit about our Mashup Challenge entry: Assetmap.org/uganda. You can read more at http://www.assetmap.org/uganda

The question behind the project is this: with peace on the horizon after 20 years of war in northern Uganda, and the big NGOs soon heading off to other war zones, who is going to support community organizations and northern Ugandan civil society as it transitions to peace time?

By mapping information about ongoing community-led philanthropic partnerships in northern Uganda, assetmap.org/uganda helps American citizens aggregate their resources to support post-conflict transformation.

We hope to facilitate collaboration among American donors and volunteers by providing a digital tool that:

“¢maps project locations so you know who’s working where
“¢tags information about the specific issues projects and organizations seek to address
“¢links tagged and mapped projects to the facebook and LinkedIn profiles of participating donors or volunteers

If you’re interested in supporting us, please visit and vote for us here:
http://www.netsquared.org/2008/conference/projects/assetmap-org-uganda

Thanks!

Nathaniel Whittemore
Director, Northwestern University Center for Global Engagement
http://www.mycge.org
globalengagement at gmail

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