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Ethical Development: Hacking for Humanity

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Ethical Development: Hacking for Humanity

Just recently, several members of The Network’s product development organization – software engineers and developers tasked with continual work on the various components of our Integrated GRC Suite – participated in the Atlanta branch of a global “hackathon” benefiting the needy. Random Hacks of Kindness, or RHoK, took place in 30 cities spread across 16 countries. Three of our developers—Brendan E., Tej G., Chris B. and James M.—volunteered 24 hours of their weekend to create a product especially designed for the Peace Corps, taking first place in the event for their work.

Random Hacks of Kindness is a rapidly growing global initiative encompassing a community of over 5,500 innovators in over 30 countries, making the world a better place by developing practical, open source technology solutions to respond to some of the most complex challenges facing humanity. This is done through ethical software development – defining problems, organizing hackathons and ensuring projects are effectively deployed.

The product that our team created for the Peace Corps is intended to improve the safety and security of the organization’s volunteers. The whereabouts of these volunteers is currently managed by occasional “check-in” using text messages, when each volunteer remembers to send that message. The app our team created, called “Find My Volunteer,” will automate keeping track of the volunteer’s location and feed it back to their post, so that if they need to be evacuated, they can be found. At the end of the weekend, the application had already been tested with a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal and has since been turned over to the Peace Corps so they can implement in their operation!

You can see more about the “Peace Corps Innovation Challenge” in this video.

At The Network, we strive to “walk the talk” when it comes to instilling and motivating a strong ethical culture, just as we do with our clients. One way we do this is to actively encourage our employees to contribute to the community. Our solutions are designed to engage employees to be part of the organizational ethics & compliance process, and Brendan, Tej, Chris and James were certainly engaged as they took on this project on their own and still came in on Monday morning ready to continue building solutions to help our clients implement effective compliance initiatives and maintain an ethical culture. We’re proud to have such talented, giving team members representing us! Congratulations!

About the Author

John Peltier, Product Marketing Manager. John leads the product marketing efforts for The Network’s integrated governance, risk and compliance software suite and previously led the strategy and development efforts of our Policy Management and Learning Management Systems. He is an accomplished product professional, with over a decade of experience delivering solutions to business problems. He has spent three years in ethics and compliance, and previously spent nine years in healthcare.

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