What happens when you ask the world’s most tech-savvy developers from Silicon Valley, Nairobi, and Cairo to modify a mobile-application so that it works in the most remote and poorest areas of the world?
You get a Global Hack for Good, a technological and media event aimed at reconnecting refugee families with their loved ones, culminating on World Refugee Day (20 June, 2013).This event –– the first-ever of its kind –– rallies the global tech community around a common goal: creating technical solutions for the most disconnected families of the world.
With more than 43 million forcibly displaced people globally, and with refugee numbers growing even higher, and humanitarian crises unfolding in numerous hotspots, there is an urgent need to reconnect families who have been separated due to conflict, war, and disaster.
This event pushes the boundaries of technology while showcasing the pioneering and innovative tracing platform built by Ericsson and Refugees United. In a world faced with digital divides, illiteracy and economic barriers, there is a need to energize the global tech community and leverage their expertise and fresh ideas around technology for good.
Four Cities, Four Challenges
Building upon Refugees United’s successful hackathons in London in 2012 and 2013, this Global Hack for Good will take place in Cairo, Silicon Valley, and Nairobi, concluding in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, where the four winning prototypes will be presented and tested in front of selected journalists from top tier media at a later point in 2013.
Although our work spans the globe, there is no better example of the people we aim help than in Kakuma. By bringing the winners to Kakuma, we all demonstrate our commitment to using 21st century technology for good.
What is a Hack?
A hackathon is an event in which approximately 30 developers, programmers and designers join forces to solve a problem. These events are becoming increasingly popular, especially among young people who enjoy networking, competing, and putting their skills to the test. They bring their laptops, enthusiasm, and ideas and work on challenges set forth by Ericsson and Refugees United.
At each event, dedicated developers will have a weekend to solve the challenge that will be judged by a special Ericsson and Refugees United panel. The best ideas, as well as the winning idea, will be presented in October during a small event in Kakuma, a refugee camp that is accessible and safe.
How To Take Part
The Nairobi event will be held on 15th and 16th June in Nairobi.
Developers, please sign up for the event here. To be eligible participants must answer three questions to help us select the best developers.