SAN FRANCISCO (BUSINESS WIRE)Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach more than one billion people in 1000 cities around the world, inviting communities, business and governments to switch off lights for one hour at 8:30pm on Saturday March 28. Earth Hour is sending a powerful message about climate change and our responsibility to take action as global citizens of the world.
For the past three years, thousands of volunteers have been working behind the scenes using Atlassian Confluence, an enterprise wiki, to coordinate their efforts. In October 2008, Earth Hour contacted Atlassian looking for help on upgrading and redesigning their version of Confluence to support their growing worldwide team.
Through the Atlassian Foundation, Atlassian set up a project team and helped Earth Hour upgrade and redesign their wiki. In addition, Atlassian is now hosting the wiki to ensure there is enough bandwidth to support their global team.
The results have far exceeded expectations. So far, over 1,800 cities and thousands of volunteers are using Confluence to coordinate for Earth Hour 2009. Earth Hour expects record participation, surpassing its goal of having one billion people turn off their lights.
“Confluence Hosted has allowed us to truly connect with our global teams and activate the local communities to support Earth Hour,” notes Gavin Riddell, Director of Operations for Earth Hour. “The dedicated Atlassian team and the wiki have been an integral part of taking an Australian initiative and turning it into a global movement. Atlassian’s support of Earth Hour has been fantastic. We look forward to continuing our relationship.”
Atlassian products are free to qualified non-profit and open source projects. Since 2002, Atlassian has given away more than $12,000,000 in free licenses. To learn how Atlassian helped Earth Hour and what any company can do to improve wiki collaboration, check out this short video:
And remember to shut off your lights on March 28th!
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Atlassian Turns off the Lights