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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 Superheroes coding to save the world Vanessa Hurst @DBNess Founder, Developers for Good
  • 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/or advanced 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 minimal supervision A backstory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superhero
  • 4. exitstrategynyc.com seetra.in
  • 5. foodisjoy.org @v3ronique
  • 6. folding.stanford.edu
  • 7. ushahidi.com
  • 8. kopernik.info
  • 9. codeforamerica.org
  • 10. "With great power comes great responsibility." Stan LeeAmazing Fantasy #15 (Spider-Man comic)
  • 11. Developers for GoodA network of technologistsweb developers, sysadmins, DBAs,etc. - who want to use their skills to make theworld a better place.CodeMontage (coming soon)Empowers technologists to improve their skillsthrough contributions to humanitarian projects. developersforgood.org
  • 12. Questions? Vanessa Hurst vanessahurst.comdevelopersforgood.org/joinus girldevelopit.com