The Ruby for Good hackathon starts this week. It’s an annual event bringing together programmers to collaborate on social projects using the Ruby programming language. Ruby powers discourse, the open source software that powers this forum!
This year they reached out to us (thank you @marenabrinkhurst for the intro! ) to ask for project ideas. They’ve decided to work on the events plugin authored by @angus that powers our beautiful forum calendar and to create a new ticket system plugin to help the network team behind the scenes to keep track of discourse-related tasks such as new member onboarding, helpdesk services and engagement.
I’m pleased to introduce our new Ruby for Good friends! @lasitha and @willmurphy are the team leaders and will be stewarding this project along. @Kalimar is a Ruby for Good organizer and has been our primary contact since reaching out to us several months ago now. On our side, @angus will mentor the team on developing for Discourse. Angus will also maintain the repositories on github for any code created through the project so he can take them forward after the hackathon ends.
The first priority for Lasitha and Will is to inspire as many programmers attending the hackathon to work on our project as possible! To that end, there’s an opening social event on Wednesday, 4 June at 6pm. Is anyone in DC, esp from the @namati_network team, interested in attending to represent us and meet the team? If so, let me know and we can discuss the details. Also, it’s always helpful to have token gifts to inspire people to join the team. @abigailmoy do you have any ideas, like maybe sharing some prints of your beautiful photos of legal empowerment practitioners in action?
And finally, it’s a huge help to also provide strong emotional reasons to entice participants to work on our project. I’m told that in the past, the projects that were heartwarming generally got the most buy in. Of course Namati and members of this network have amazing stories to tell about how we have contributed to the legal empowerment movement - can you share some of your favorites here? @mckinleycharles @vivektrivedi @michaelotto?
I’m very excited about this project, and look forward to reporting back to you all as the team forms and gets to work on helping to make this great community platform of ours even better.