ASP.NET/IIS MVP Richard Campbell could be the poster child for doing good with technology. A 30-year high-tech veteran and one of the co-founders of Strangeloop Networks, Richard has for years traveled the world, co-hosting conferences in developing countries to talk with young developers about the opportunities that technology can offer them. His message: you don’t need to come to America to work. If you have electricity, an Internet connection and a laptop, you can start building a better world for yourself and others as a developer.
Now, as one of the masterminds behind the Humanitarian Toolbox (you can read more about that initiative on this site), he’s helping take that vision of technology as a force for good to developers around the world, providing a platform where community can build and maintain pre-packaged, rapidly deployable solutions—a technology “toolbox”—to support disaster relief.
“Natural disasters are one of the things in the world that doesn’t see borders, doesn’t care where you’re from, what you have or what you want: it just happens. And while it is often the worst thing to happen to someone, time and again it brings out the best in all of us,” explained Richard.
He’s also the author of more than 500 articles and regularly speaks at engagements that take him to every continent but Antarctica.