Domain name registrar and cloud host Gandi has announced it will provide free hosting to the winners of #hack4good 0.5. The philanthropic tech challenge began on Friday, and continues until the end of the weekend, when judges including Gandi USA COO Thomas Stocking will determine the winner.
Other judges include Joyent founder Jason Hoffman, 5×5 co-founder Kat Borlongan, and Bittorent creator Bram Cohen.
#HackforGood was created by Geeklist, and brings participants in over 20 cities together in teams of 2 to 6 to tackle one of over 50 challenges provided by local and global NGOs. One of the goals of the event is to leave a legacy of challenges successfully addressed.
“We help products built at our hackathons live on and progress beyond the event and we are pleased to count Gandi among those who support our ability to do so,” Reuben Katz, CEO of Geeklist said.
Gandi will provide over 60 prizes of $150,000 to the top three teams from each city, as well as awarding a free domain to the winner of each city to implement their projects.
Philanthropy and sponsoring events like #hack4good can help brand building and public relations for hosting companies, which often only make news headlines when something goes wrong. For example, Rapidswitch came to the aid of charity site Gaming for Good last year.
Other sponsors of #hack4good include Rackspace and software analytics company New Relic.