Hackatruck, Bringing Innovation and Opportunities to Students in Brazil

This is the meeting for the week of August 14, 2017 through August 20, 2017

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Hackatruck, Bringing Innovation and Opportunities to Students in Brazil
Program Description: In this week’s program, our special guest tells us about an itinerant project in Brazil created to achieve several objectives, with the most important of them to take innovation and opportunities to students from every part of the country, and make these learning possibilities accessible to as many people as possible.
Speaker: Francini Carvalho, Hackatruck and Brazilian Software Developer

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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Message from President Stephen

New to our meetings? Then I want to welcome you to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley’s online meeting! Every week we curate inspiring and educational content in an online format like the one you’re seeing here. As you continue reading, watching, and scrolling, our hope is that you’ll leave feeling a little bit more inspired. As an online Rotary club, we have these asynchronous meetings online, but we also meet in-person in the Silicon Valley / San Francisco bay area for service projects and for social events. Keep reading on, and feel free to also join us for one of our in-person events if you can make it!

This week we have a special message from our President Elect Andrew Taw who did an amazing job putting together our first every fundraiser for our club! It was a huge success and Andrew would like to have a few words for this week’s president’s message.

“Hello E-Club Rotarians, my name is Andrew Taw and I am the President Elect for this club! On August 6th, we hosted A Taste of Good with Rotary, a wine and dine fundraiser with live jazz at Retzlaff Winery in Livermore to support Laptops for Good, a club project that provides laptops to low-income high school students with a strong history of community service as they transition into college. Because we are an e-club, the team that organized the event lived all over the world and we had a silent auction that was also online so that our members all over the world can also participate. All-in-all, it was a very fun and successful event and we’re excited about the next steps for Laptops for Good! Please look forward to a presentation about how we did with our event and the future of Laptops for Good.” -Andrew Taw

Yours in service,


Stephen Zhou, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley
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Laughing Out Loud (L.O.L.) with our Lady of LOLs

We believe that laughing a little every day keeps you healthier. Every week we try to share with you something that will make you smile! This section is curated by Rotarian Yvonne Kwan, our club’s “Lady of LOLs.”

This week we are featuring jokes from the sea! Ahoy!
What do you call a group of killer whales that can play instruments?
An Orca-stra!
What do you call a fish with a tie?
soFISHticated
Why can’t fish play basketball?
Cause they’re afraid of the net
What did the salmon say when he swam into a wall?
Damn!

Weekly Inspiration: Braille Trails – Helping the Visually Impaired Experience Nature

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change. This week we are featuring a video from Great Big Story about Braille Trails.

At age 11, Evan Barnard came across a vandalized Braille nature trail, one of the few places in his home state of Georgia where the visually impaired could comfortably explore the outdoors. As he began fixing up the trail and working with the Georgia Council of the Blind, Barnard promised to do whatever he could to help his new friends. A few years later, he created his own Braille trail. As he searched for other Braille trails around the world, he founded Nature for All, an online community for the visually impaired to find nature experiences near them. The website now includes over 200 Braille trails and sensory gardens from 35 countries.

Incredible! Have you seen a Braille Trail before?


World of Rotary

The over 1.2 million members of Rotary Clubs around the world form the largest humanitarian service organization, Rotary International. We’re part of this global family. This segment is a tribute to stories and to good deeds Rotary clubs around the world are conducting.

Rotary membership opens doors that were not possible before being connected to Rotary. These doors are often not just in our local area and region but also around the world. Today we are sharing a video from Past Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran on The Benefits of Rotary Membership.


For Members Only: Updates

This segment of the meeting is dedicated to our club members. This section includes announcements and new initiatives. Guests, you are welcome to read this section or just skip it.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the August 6th Fundraiser!!

Great job with the fundraiser everyone! The event team will be making announcements on how we did with the fundraiser at next week’s meeting! Keep an eye out for it!

Past Member Announcements:


Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we hold regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley every month! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of our events and service projects listed here.

Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!

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Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

More events coming soon! All events are open to guests, unless otherwise mentioned. Feel free to join us! If you ever have questions, please email [email protected]

What would you like to do?

Hey Members! What would you like to do? We’re working on putting together some exciting socials and impactful service projects for our upcoming quarter’s event calendar. Let us know what you want to do by posting in our members only Facebook Group (if you don’t have access, please request it with Webmaster Mitty). Remember, you’re only taking advantage of the full impact of Rotary when you’re stepping up to get involved.


Happy Dollars: Do Good by Sharing Something Good

Each week we ask our members to share stories with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal of this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each fellow members and guests, while giving back to a good cause.

Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)

Last week’s happy dollars went towards powering our club’s projects and service grants.

Thank you to member Rory Olsen for his generous $15 donation to PolioPlus! Rory had this to say:
After several dry weeks we had rain. All is well. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Thank you to member Brian Liddicoat for his generous $15 donation! Brian had this to say:
Great 2-day family getaway to Sonoma. Family friendly wineries and great weather.

Thank you all for your donations last week!

This week’s happy dollars donations will be going to help fund our club projects and service grants!

Happy dollars is also a great opportunity to share with the group about something good that has happened to you, while giving back to a great cause.

So what are you happy about? Share with us below, and help support one of our future leaders!

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Selected Six

Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select six comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.

Here are six comments selected from last week’s meeting featuring the program on Human Trafficking Panel:

Member Nathan Gildart (Japan) had this to say:
This panel was extremely powerful. Slavery / trafficking in its various forms is indeed a scourge of the earth, and no nation is an exception, and we are all part of the problem and solution. I do agree that we can have a massive impact, and it would be another noble Rotary cause. Kutcher makes a good suggestion in that we should focus on the roots – “we can’t arrest our way out” of the problem was an insightful statement. It’s unfortunate that there will need to be much more concern from politicians and citizens worldwide. (including wealthy nations, if not especially) Technology can certainly be leveraged as part of the solution. Education is critical, as well as a higher standard of living around the world. Great video on Japanese shoyu. I did a quick Maps search and it’s only 4 hours or so away from my new home. Hmmm… Happy to hear the fundraising event went well. (and loved the comic Yvonne!)”

Member Catherine A. (California, USA) had this to say:
Wonderful RI panel discussion. Thanks for highlighting this concerning topic to build awareness. The traditional shoyu-producing family and their story was fascinating as well. As a followup, Lisa Blanchard, founder of The Grateful Garment Project here in Silicon Valley, collects new, unused clothing for rape and trafficking victims, storing and distributing the clothes in hospital units where doctors collect evidence and treat rape injurues. (Victims’ clothing is often collected for evidence, so they were previously leaving rape/trafficking intake hospitals clad only in cotton gowns.) Lisa began the GGP effort as a small grad school project in San Jose. GGP has now gone statewide and has expanded across the U.S, with new requests to expand GGP overseas to regions where rape and trafficking are endemic. Lisa is a wonderful speaker and experienced advocate for victims, who in our region alone (sadly) include infants, toddlers, children, teens and adults, of all genders. (If you ever have the chance to hear Lisa speak to a group, her entrepreneurial story about the beginnigs of GGP is really enjoyable, despite the serious subject.) More at: http://gratefulgarment.org Many thanks to the Rotary eClub of SV team for a great fundraiser last Sunday, plus the wine, music and Shag’s paella. The “wheelbarrel of booze” door prize was an inspired idea! (I hear that the Fremont/Niles winning member is hosting the next party and we are all invited!) My online map didn’t show construction of the new “Y” on Vallecitos Road in progress, so I arrived late, lost and a bit frazzled, yet really enjoyed the event and meeting so many other Rotarians, once I decompressed. A special thanks to Maxie who demonstrated Google Maps with GPS voice directions, on his cell phone. Thanks to our savvy eClub members, I now have a new tool to get me to any winery or social event, on time!

Member Jaiki Alves (Brazil) had this to say:
Past-President Mitty Chang said us about how big of an inssue human trafficking, and I think it’s very sad. In Brazil, we have been on a growth in the last two years (2015 – 2016) 8%. I am impressed by this discussion in Rotary, It’s show us that we need open our eyes for community issues, but not forget about our Polio campaign, because we have more one year to help Afghanistan, Pakistan and more 120 location. Remember, each 1 dose, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation give us more 2 doses. Amazing meeting president Stephen. Congrats.

Member Roger Plested (British Columbia, Canada) had this to say:
Very interesting meeting. In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish human property slavery. However, Mauritania is one of 4 countries which still do not enforce the law. The best factual book on slavery is Black rednecks and White liberals by Thomas Sowell. You can listen to the book on you tube. Some interesting facts: At the end of the 18th century, human property slavery existed in every county in the world. The Quakers in Great Britain and USA were the first group in the world to advocate and ban the practice of human property slavery. It was Great Britain and USA that provided the leadership to first abolish slavery in the west and subsequently the east.”

Member Mahmood Khan (California, USA) had this to say:
Slavery is still here they just calling it Human Trafficking. I think this is a decease just like Polio. We must tackle it just as we are tackling Polio. Lets Eliminate this from the face of the earth. I like what I hear – we at Rotary can make a huge difference just like Polio.

Member Heather Shaw (California, USA) had this to say:
Great job on the fundraising event. It had great food, people and entertainment! This weeks meeting was very informative and very intense. It was great to see all the approaches to combating it. I have visited the websites and plan on seeing what I can do locally”

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!


Program: Hackatruck, Bringing Innovation & Opportunities to Students in Brazil

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week we have a program about Hackatruck from the Hackatruck Team, Francini Carvalho.

Francini Carvalho is a software developer with a degree in computer science. She began her work as a developer nine years ago, and has spent the last two years involved with technology education programs in Brazil and other countries.

One of these programs is the Hackatruck, the topic of today’s presentation. Hackatruck is an itinerant project in Brazil created to achieve several objectives, with the most important of them to take innovation and opportunities to students from every part of the country, and make these learning possibilities accessible to as many people as possible.

Members and guests, please welcome Francini Carvalho!

Please join us in welcoming Francini from Hackatruck!

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Share with us your thoughts about Hackatruck! If you have any questions for Francini, ask her in the comments section.


Upcoming Program Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 45 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Upcoming Recordings:

  • None at the moment!

If you would like to join us for any of the live recordings, please email [email protected] with your request. Requests will be checked up until 5 minutes prior to the recording time. Please note the timezone is all California, USA time.


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Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done. First, we have a very short attendance survey below for you to fill out to record your attendance.

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  • Rory Olsen

    Francini, Thank you for a very interesting program.

    • Francini Carvalho

      I’m glad that you enjoyed 🙂

  • Keith Marsh

    Great program. Thanks, Francini.

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thank you, I’m glad that you enjoyed 🙂

  • Roger Plested

    Another interesting and enjoyable meeting. Thank you Francini for the excellent program. I was surprised in the program to learn that the drop out rate in Universities in Brazil was 50%. I decided to do some preliminary investigation.

    The universities have not lowered their standards as have been done in several Provinces and States. Over the last 10 years tuition fees have substantially fallen. The problem seems to be in the school system which needs to be changed and improved. The students are not being properly prepared for University. On the 2015 PISA worldwide ranking of Math, Science and reading skills., Brazil ranked in the bottom 25 % in all 3 skills of the 72 countries

    • Francini Carvalho

      Yes, in Brazil we have serious deficiencies in our educational system that makes possible that people finish high school not entirely ready to college. Like you said, Math and Science in general usually are the problem for them, when students start a technology course they have learning difficulties with them that can make them drop out of the course. Besides, as a secondary cause, a lot of people can’t afford university even when it’s public, so in many cases they need to quit for financial issues.
      The numbers I presented are specifically for engineering courses which is the worst case but we know that other areas are affected too 🙁

      Thanks for your comment!

      • Roger Plested

        Thank you Francini for your reply. One of the trends that I have noticed over the last 50 years in Canada and USA, my lifetime, is the decreasing ability for children for upward mobility in economic status In other words what are the trends in a society which keeps the poor, poor. One of the reasons is the deficiencies in an educational system. Another is the breakdown of the family unit. One of the consequences is the high rate of crime among the poor. I would be very interested in your comments.

        Thank you again. .

  • Lots to mull over and share from this week’s meeting. Francini, I love what you are doing! I wholeheartedly agree with your comments about students seeing that challenges can have different solutions and that engagement in learning also includes connecting with other people – something that is often lost in education today. The video on Braille Trails is awesome! It reminds me that too often we don’t apply the ideas of access and equity for people with disabilities outside of the design of homes, the workplace and public buildings.

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thank you so much!
      I honestly wish I could have access to something like this myself, when I was a student 🙂
      We have such a powerful tool in our hands that is teaching people not just a new programming language, but also a different way to think and try to solve real problems getting out of our comfort zone. And we want to make this possible to everyone.

      Thank you for your comment!

  • Excellent & interesting. Thank you.

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thanks 🙂

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    The availability of information and communication technologies has generated new conditions in the educational field. Rethinking curricula for the purpose of training people able to flexibly adapt to a changing world and confront new situations, means to visualize the need to strengthen creativity and to establish a dynamic system to prepare future professionals for lifelong learning. Thanks for an interesting program, Francini!

    • Francini Carvalho

      Yes, this is exactly one of our points!

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Catherine A

    Francini, thank you for the excellent presentation. I visited the Hackatruck Web site and was impressed by the content and courses, plus the sleek mobile classroom facility provided by your project partners.
    Both the Braille Trails video and Mr. Ravindran’s tale of engaging Rotary District Governors in Australia for help in locating his injured brother, were such positive examples of the basic compassion and goodness of most people, particularly in Rotary. With daily reporting on U.S. Alt-Right groups and racism in the news here recently, both videos provided a refreshing reminder that quiet, nondiscriminatory acts of human kindness are going on all around us silently in every community. There is hope.

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thank you for your comment, Catherine! I’m glad you liked 🙂
      I’m going to check the videos you mentioned… it seems to be an important message

  • Megan Breyer

    Francini, it wounds like you are taking a wonderful approach to teaching! I had no idea there was such a high dropout rate for these classes in Brazil. The company I work for has an office down there, and I’m always curious to hear more about the culture, successes, and challenges for the people we do business with. Please keep us updated on how this goes in the future!

    • Francini Carvalho

      Hi Megan! That’s cool! If you want to chat any time about it just let me know and I’ll share my means of contact, I’ll be happy to talk to you 🙂

  • Yvonne Kwan

    Francini, thank you for sharing the amazing work that Hackatruck is doing! Your approach to education is so insightful, and you are offering such valuable opportunities to students that they otherwise may not have. Thank you again!

    • Francini Carvalho

      Hi Yvonne!
      Yes, we try to show students how far they can go by themselves… and I hope that with this video we can also inspire other people 🙂
      Thank you for your comment!

  • Roger Plested
    • Francini Carvalho

      This is great and moving…

  • Leanza Tupfer

    Francini Carvalho, thank you for your awesome work with Hackatruck! I really like the concept of bringing a truck filled with technology to students so they can explore their ideas and develop an app, which allows them to learn and feel technology from an early age. I wish an opportunity like this was available to me growing up! Obrigada!

    • Francini Carvalho

      Hi Leanza!
      I also wish I could have had something like this when I was a student 🙂
      It’s very grateful to see how far people can go when they have the opportunity and incentive.
      Obrigada!

  • Nathan Gildart

    Francini, this is a truly innovative project! Hackatruck answers a need. (and an ongoing need, not only in Brazil, but globally) Using innovative ways such as this to reach out and provide opportunities for young people to learn and grow. Fantastic! You’re brining this to your whole country, not just one region. Perhaps Hackatruck will grow? Globally? #innovation

    Richard – congratulations on your family’s special day!

    • Francini Carvalho

      Hi Nathan!
      I really hope someday this idea can be taken to the global level, I’m sure it could help students from other countries too! That would be great 🙂
      Thank you for your comment!

  • Andrew Taw

    The Hackatruck is such a cool idea! Thanks for your presentation Francini!

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thank you, Andrew!

  • mahmood khan

    great idea Francini.

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thank you, Mahmood!

  • Brett Sham

    Francini, thanks for a great presentation. Really cool idea and I wonder if that would work here in Australia to boost STEM. I know lots of companies are trying to engage with students and bring them into their office, but taking the opportunity to them is fantastic.

    Also thought it was neat that the inspirational video was about blind nature walks and in Francini’s presentation it touched on a project that the students were doing with technology for the blind (if I understood it correctly).

    • Francini Carvalho

      Hi Brett!
      Thank you so much!
      I believe one of the main points here is to make possible to the students to be in touch with “real world”, since we try to provide a good environment for them to create, but at the same time we want to get close to what it feels like to be really working in a company (maybe your own). At least in Brazil, most of the times at university you don’t have this feeling because of the methodology or any other reasons that makes classes only theoretical, far from the reality outside.

      The fact that we go inside of the institutions helps either… But it’s a fact that many students get into university without knowing exactly what is really like the day by day at the career they choose. I think this is the key 🙂

  • BDL

    Thank you, Francini! Great stuff.

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thank you!

  • Loved the Braille hiking trail it’s something I haven’t considered thanks for opening my eyes
    Francini I love the motivational component of your project. Putting a challenging task in front of them to provide incentive. Great idea

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thank you, Heather! We can always go further 🙂

  • Richard Knaggs

    I hope to see you again soon Francini. We need a HackATruck in Cape Town. I loved the Benefits of Rotary membership video and we also have a Braille trail in our Botanical Gardens, in Kirstenbosch in Cape Town. You can also rub the leaves of many of the plants for fragrances. What a fantastic young man to take such an initiative.

    • Francini Carvalho

      Hey Richard!
      Thank you for participating in the recording and for starting all of this.

      I honestly hope the same, I would be hugely happy to go back specially for something like Hackatruck! 🙂

  • Maxi Bustos

    Excellent meeting!
    Francini, thanks for your presentation, I really like the project! I have witness many of the issues you mention back in my country Argentina, so it is great to see solutions! Congratulations on your work and keep rocking!

    • Francini Carvalho

      Hi Maxi, thank you so much!
      Yes, reality sometimes is hard but on the other hand, is when we can find the most innovative and creative ways to solve our problems. I wish we could take Hackatruck to Argentina 🙂

  • William

    Fantastic meeting. Thank you very much.

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thank you, William!

  • Past Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran’s story about his contact with the Australian who helped him find out about his brother was very moving. A great reminder why we give our time to Rotary.

    Francini, I know there are so many young people in Brazil who see possibilities for themselves as a result of your work and the work of all those who have been part of Hackatruck. Your work is inspirational!

    • Francini Carvalho

      Hey Rushton!
      I just watched this video and I found it very moving, indeed… I have no doubts about the importance and good impacts of the time dedicated by you all to Rotary, the world needs more of that!

      Thank you for your comment! I can’t tell how happy I am to be able to do something inspirational to people like you all!

  • john lozano

    Francini, thanks for the presentation. Great to hear about the work you are doing in Brazil. Recently, I spent my summer in Brasilia and found many college age students eager to learn more about technology (and my life in Silicon Valley). Keep up the great work.

    • Francini Carvalho

      Hi John!
      I think everyone who really loves technology, dreams about the Silicon Valley! I also would like to know a little bit more about your experiences, you must have some really good things to share 🙂
      Thank you for your comment!

  • Ferheen Abbasi

    Francini! Keep up the great work. You are an inspiration to us all!!!

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thank you so much, Ferheen!
      I’m truly happy to know that, never imagined to be called “an inspiration” 🙂
      It makes everything worth!

  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    Francini, great work. Way to create a mobile space for inspiration, education and impact. Keep it up.

    • Francini Carvalho

      Thank you, Tzviatko!
      That’s our goal 🙂

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