A hackathon aimed at bringing diverse skills to tackle problems experienced by humanitarian organisations. Demonstrating the social impact of fundamental research/science.
Whilst other hackathons dealing with humanitarian issues have taken place, we feel that the high technical expertise coupled with the strong presence of humanitarian organisations that our hackathon has managed to fuse together provides a very high impact event - our direct connections to organisations to the UN, Red Cross amongst others means we can have efficient and effective solutions depending on the needs of the field.
The idea of forming strong, working partnerships between technically proficient groups and humanitarian/social activist groups can work at a variety of locales to adapt to the local requirements of the region or sector. This has been previously seen in events like Cyclehack and NHS hack days in the UK.
We’d consider our project a success if a hackathon were to be run where a broad range of participants were to take part, tackling projects that have been proposed to us as of interest to humanitarian agencies. We’d aim to propose solutions to these projects, with the hope being to produce functional prototypes over the course of the project. We aim to put teams that wish to consider pursuing their ideas in contact with the humanitarian sector and technical specialists in order to push them towards production is so desired.
Building on the success of last years hackathon event, we plan to open applications for participation for the month of May, pushing to attract as broad a range of applicants as possible. The hackathon is scheduled for the first weekend of October (2/10-4/10), and a six week preparation phase will take place in the lead up, where participants will be introduced to the projects by a team of mentors, giving some time to do background reading and planning, and for any prototyping to be done in time for the hackathon.
The organisers will be ensuring a smooth running of the hackathon, contacting suppliers, ensuring there is a team of specialists (volunteers) available for consultation by the teams and ensuring hospitality is organised for the participants.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe