London Sanitation Hackathon
Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
The London Sanitation Hackathon is part of a global event that brings together technologists and sanitation sector experts to develop innovative solutions to challenges in accessing sanitation. The event, sponsored globally by the World Bank, and in partnership with Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) in London, will take place simultaneously in cities around the world on December 1-2.
The Sanitation Hackathon challenges programmers to develop innovative software solutions that address real-world problems in sanitation. During the months leading up to the event, subject matter experts and members of the public will create, submit and vote on problem definitions that highlight specific sanitation challenges that could be mitigated by innovative ICTs. Then, during a weekend-long marathon event, teams of programmers in cities around the world will develop innovative solutions to these problem definitions.
Please also join us if you can for a Friday night launch event on 30 November. The event will be from 18:00-20:00 at the Hub Westminster. You must register for this event separately at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4779416363/LondonSanitationHack.
The London Sanitation Hackathon is being generously supported by Unilever's Domestos brand.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
If you work in the field of sanitation or are a technologist that can contribute to the development of problem definitions beforehand, please contact LondonSanHack@gmail.com. The problem definitions will be posted at sanitationhackathon.com prior to the event, and we encourage you to check them out.
We welcome people with a range of technology skills and knowledge of the sanitation sector to join us for the event- just sign up (attendance is free) to hold your spot.
WHAT TO KNOW:
The event will be held at the Hub Westminster, located on the 1st floor of New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, Lodnon SW1Y 4TE. The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus.
Food and beverages will be provided throughout the weekend (but if you have special dietary requirements beyond vegetarian, please bring your own).
We ask that you bring your own laptop, power supply, innovative thinking, team spirit and sense of humour.
Judges from the tech and sanitation sectors will apply criteria to award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, which will include opportunities to further develop prototypes.
Please contact LondonSanHack@gmail.com with any questions.
When & Where
Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor
WSUP is a non-profit partnership between the private sector, NGOs and research institutions focused on solving the global problem of inadequate water and sanitation in low-income urban communities.
It brings lasting solutions to low-income areas by working in partnership with service providers including water utilities, local authorities and businesses, and the communities they serve.
WSUP strengthens the capacity of service providers to deliver sustainable city-wide water and sanitation services, promote good hygiene and raise the environmental standards of low- income communities.