Hi, my name is Matt Rockwell. I am building hackerspaces in rural impovershed disaster zones. Nepal is our first project country. I grew up in Williamsport, PA and will be in the area next week for a month or so and would love to connect or even collaborate with a disaster hackathon or event intended to engage makers and hackers in real world challenges that Nepal and other disaster zones are trying to overcome.
We are currently in the design phase of a standalone app that we can distribute to rural schools without internet access that teach code and English in the same lessons. Our goal is to train and build a non-profit offshore IT company that outsources IT contracts to developers in disaster zones. The profits go towards expanding our hackerspaces and into a microfinance program we will be offering to the villages we are helping economically develop. We are also looking at designing a motorcycle powered portable sawmill, a compressed earth brick machine for under $500 that can be built without the need of specialized milling machines that developing countries don’t possess, and whatever else. We are also printing 3d prosthetics, incubating small it projects, as well as bringing internet and computer labs to villages that have yet to be connected to the web.
You can find us on https://www.facebook.com/disasterhack