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Secretary's Office for the Global Partnership Initiative (S/GPI) to host Random Hacks of Kindness Hacking for Humanity Reception


Notice to the Press
Washington, DC
June 2, 2010

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Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, will host a reception at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2010, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.

The Department of State welcomes Google, NASA, Yahoo!, Microsoft, & the World Bank along with SecondMuse and Crisis Commons in support of the Random Hacks of Kindness Hacking for Humanity “Codejam.” Vint Cerf, commonly credited as the father of the internet, will be the keynote speaker.

Founded by The World Bank, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, and NASA, the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) initiative organizes “codejams” (48 hours of programming to solve a disaster response issue through technology), bringing the brightest minds together to solve real world problems related to crises and disaster relief. The technology created at these events is openly shared with the international community and continually developed in support of disaster relief efforts. For more information about Random Hacks of Kindness visit:  http://www.rhok.org/

This event is open for press coverage.

Pick up time for cameras: 5:30 p.m. from the C Street entrance.

Final access time for writers and stills: 5:45 p.m. from the C Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

PRESS CONTACTS:

Saesha Carlile
Office of the Secretary’s Global Partnership Initiative
(202) 647-9133

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492



PRN: 2010/713



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