CrisisCamp and Aid Information Challenge

I haven’t blogged for a while. It’s not that I’ve forgotten how to write, more that I’ve been assimilating a huge amount of information whilst doing something that I’ve wanted to do for years but not known how to: using my computer science skills to make a positive difference in the world. I’m not sure how it happened, but I think it went something like this. I moved close enough to London to visit it in the evenings. I found the girl geek and women in technology communities, went to their evening sessions and joined their email groups. That got me a reserved-for-girls ticket to my first barcamp (London Guardian). Which got me connected to the electronics hackers and, via my second barcamp (Brighton), to the Brighton Robotics crowd. I signed up to the organisers list for my third barcamp (London IBM) but just too late to help; I’m now…