#peacehack is an initiative of International Alert that brings technologists, designers, developers and peace practitioners together to create and realise ideas and solutions that can be used to stop violent conflict and help build peace. The first #peacehack took place in September 2014 in London as part of International Alert’s Talking Peace Festival and in 2015 we hacked in 5 countries simultaniously. Following on from the success from the first 2 years of #peacehack, International Alert is partnering with several organizations to organise a series of hacks in six cities around the globe.
We're looking for participants who have strong technology skills (programming and design) and an interest in making a difference in the not-for-profit community – though they may lack the field expertise in peacebuilding. Peacebuilding practitioners and NGOs in each city will then talk about big problems they have in their programming and / or ideas they have for technology that could be helpful in peacebuilding.
Challenges emerging from these consultations will be grouped into emerging themes, which will be presented at the start of the 30-hour hack. Hackers then chose a challenge and work (individually or in teams) to build a prototype technology solution. Prototypes are presented at the end of the hack, with prizes for the best solutions.
The theme selected for the London hack is to develop digital solutions to ‘hack hate speech’. Over two days, the hackathon will examine the issues of hate speech with emphasis on the real issues of Islamophobia faced by Muslims in the UK and beyond as part of International Alert’s European Youth Advocates Against Islamophobia project – which aims to train Muslim and non-Muslim young people on how to advocate against Islamophobia in schools at a regional and national level.
The objective of #peacehack events is to bring the technology and peacebuilding communities closer to each other, and encourage collaboration. Some of the prototype solutions emerging from the hack may be taken forward; others may not be developed. Nonetheless, the hack offers an opportunity for technologists to experience how they might contribute to peacebuilding and for peacebuilders to realise the potential of technology-enabled support to their programs and processes. We believe it can be the seed for future collaborations, the beginning of a movement where practitioners and technologists work together for peace.
The hackathon takes place over three days, from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October 2016.
Friday 30 September
6.30pm – 7pm: Registration
7pm: Welcome from the #peacehack team
7.15pm: Informal discussion and problem statement session, including contributions from Christopher Loo, Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion at Intel Corporation, representing #HackHarassment, Mashuq Hussain OBE, Senior Community and Youth Worker, Marsden Heights Community College and Fiyaz Mughal OBE, Founder and Director of national anti-Muslim hate crime monitoring project TellMAMA.
8.15pm-9pm: Initial group formation of participants and idea forming
9pm – 9.30pm: Initial group pitches and discussion with panelists
Saturday 1 October
9-9.30am: Doors open and registration
9.30-10.30am: Re-cap of the Friday session, including defining problem statements
10.30-11am: Group formation and initial ideation session
11-11.30am: Shout-outs – group representative will present idea in 2 mins, ask for capacity/expertise if required.
11.30-1pm: Power-up, Hacking begins
1pm: Lunch break
1.45-2pm: Re-energise activity
2-6pm: Code Sprint
7-9pm: Code Sprint
Sunday 2 October
9-9.30am: Welcome, breakfast
9.30-10am: Recharge session
10-10.30am: Stand ups – 2 minute update from each group, plus requests for any further help.
10.30am-12.30pm: Code Sprint
1.15 – 4pm: Final Sprint and pitch preparation
4-5pm: Pitches – 3 minutes max for each team, max 3 questions per team from judging panel. Judging panel including Dr Sue Black OBE and Peter Barron, VP, Communications and Public Affairs, Google EMEA
5-5.30pm: Judges deliberation
5.30-6pm: Results and prize-giving
Network with others to form teams. Use the shout-out to recruit team members. The maximum number in a team is six.
Devs may build their prototypes via native code, APIs or templates. You may use any data analysis, processing or visualization tool you need to build your app.
Ownership of code/app development
It is our intention to share all code on the International Alert GitHub repo, to enable solutions to be developed outside the hackathon event itself, to maximise the benefit to the NGO sector and to form the basis of a community of tech peacebuilders.
The prototypes produced by developers will be judged according to the following criteria:
- Impact: Does the app/project have a measureable impact?
- User Experience and Presentation: Is the project simple, well-designed, and easy to use by non technical users?
- Sustainability: How likely is the projct to survive beyond the hackathon? Is this a viable project? Is the idea promising enough to warrant sustained development and attention?
The judging panel will be made up of peacebuilders and technologists.
Campus London, a Google Space has successfully hosted hackathons for many years. It's one of the more robust hackathon venues in the UK.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
We recommend you use public transport to get here as there is very little (and expensive) street parking near the venue.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Bring your ideas, skills and talents. Probably best pets stay at home
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Drop us an email (Dan and Andy) at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, but please email us before you do
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, but it would make life easier if you could!
What is the refund policy?
If you have paid nothing, we will refund you the same amount (although if you can't make day, please again let us know so we can offer the space to someone else)
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
We'd rather they did. Drop us an email if you want to make any amendments.
Can I spend the entire night at the venue or will I have to burn the midnight oil elsewhere?
The venue will be open for the entire duration of the hackathon. You are welcome to come and go as you please. If you intend to stay overnight, you may wish to bring a sleeping bag.
Can I start before the hackathon?
You can prepare wireframes, outlines, or notes but you cannot start any of your design or development until 10.00hrs on the Saturday of the hackathon.
What resources am I allowed to bring/use during the hackathon?
Anything you need to complete your prototype.
What if I don’t finish the project in the allotted time period?
You will be judged based on the completed features. It will be up to the judges’ discretion to determine how your project ranks against other teams’ projects.
Do I need to bring my own computer?
Yes. We encourage devs to bring their own devices.
Hopefully you won't be - we'll provide you with food and drink for breakfast, lunch and dinner and perhaps the occasional snack inbetween. You are also welcome to bring your own food. If you have any specific requirements, drop us a line and we will try and suit your needs.