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Superheroes are humans with extraordinary abilities or skills who are motivated to save the world. Computer programmers are humans with extraordinary skills... see where we're going here? Computing is one of the most powerful ways we can make the world a better place. This talk shows examples of projects that are superhero-like in their impact, and ways you can use computing to improve the world, too. Originally given at Ladies Who Code Conference NYC on October 20, 2012

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  • 1. Coders as Superheroescoding to save the worldVanessa Hurst @DBNessFounder, Code for Humanity

2. Whats a Superhero?A character possessing "extraordinary orsuperhuman powers" and dedicated toprotecting the public.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superhero 3. Whats a Superhero? Extraordinary powers and abilities, relevant skills and/oradvanced equipment A strong moral code A motivation A secret identity A distinctive costume An underlying motif or theme A supporting cast A number of enemies Independent wealth or an occupation that allows for minimalsupervision A backstory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superhero 4. exitstrategynyc.comseetra.in 5. foodisjoy.org @v3ronique 6. folding.stanford.edu 7. ushahidi.com 8. kopernik.info 9. codeforamerica.org 10. "With great power comesgreat responsibility."Stan LeeAmazing Fantasy #15 (Spider-Man comic) 11. Code for HumanityPromotes the use ofcomputing technology toimprove the human experience.Developers for GoodEmpowers technologists to improve their skillsthrough contributions to humanitarian projects. developersforgood.org 12. Questions?Vanessa Hurstvanessahurst.comcodeforhumanity.com/joinus girldevelopit.com