Open Source Software

Reach The Rest: An Open Source Journey

Humanitarian tech projects are a great way to find fulfillment beyond your day job.

Learn about humanitarian software projects of many kinds and see what's possible--what you never even considered. Journey into technology with a human touch with examples from WorldVax.org, an open source initiative designed to reach vulnerable children around the world with vital vaccines.

You'll hear valuable perspectives, lessons learned the hard way, along with true confessions of the setbacks, challenges, and significance that a humanitarian project can bring. Whether you're already building open source software or not, you'll leave ready for the next opportunity that's right around the corner.

We'll take a look at several kinds of projects, including:

Disaster relief applications Water and environmental efforts Medical aid projects

Challenges covered include:

  • Getting Started
  • Staying Engaged
  • Sustainability

Useful Software Tools

Here are some (mostly great) tools I use. I'm happy to recommend them here. Some are free and others cost money, but in general, even the non-free tools are worth it--otherwise they would not be listed here.

Instant Messaging

Text Editors

My favorite text editor for Windows:

  • UltraEdit (costs ~$40, but definitely worth it!)

A free alternative (but not as good) to UltraEdit when you can't afford/acquire a license for it:

File Tools

  • WinMerge -- compare folder trees and individual files. I love this tool! It has saved me lots of time when comparing book manuscript files (plain text, not binary) and source code. It's great for reconciling two different folder structures or simply understanding the differences.
  • Junction -- create symbolic links to other folders in Windows NTFS-formatted disks
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