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 Hacking for Egypt<>
By Curt Hopkins<> /
May 28, 2011 12:30 PM / 0
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 [image: cloudstreet.png]Egypt's January revolution was not caused by tech
but tech played a role, as a cursory glance at ReadWriteWeb's
stories<> on
the country show. Internally and externally, geeks came to the fore. Now
that the country has rid itself of its former rulers, there is still a lot
of work to do.

On May 14, a group of 75 Silicon Valley technologists, computer science
students and others met at
a Cloud to Street <> hackathon designed to
create tools Egyptian activists have requested.

[image: tahrir.jpg]According to the post on Stanford's
participants "included computer programmers, web designers and social
scientists both from Stanford and Silicon Valley, as well as a number of
Egyptian activists that joined in via videoconference" and two who attended
in person.

This hackathon resulted in three workable prototypes.

"In addition to the constitutional crowdsourcing platform, the Hackathon
produced a web platform to allow interested citizens to train themselves to
monitor the September 2011 Parliamentary elections. The third was an
interactive tool to inform Egyptian citizens about candidates for that
election, and once they are elected, to inform Parliamentarians of their
concerns and rate them on their efforts to delivers."

One of the attending activists, Ahmed Salah, reminded participants that the
two qualities any successful tool created for democracy activists in Egypt
need to be have are, they must be "free (since most activists are
unemployed) and they need to be secure (to prevent people like him from
being thrown in prison)."

According to We are all Khaled
Cloud to Street hopes to organize a second hackathon in the coming month,
this one to be held in Cairo.
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