#peacehackLDN 2017: Robots for Peace

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House of VANS

228-232 Station Approach Road



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#peacehack returns as a key event in the Talking Peace Festival, and this year we’re going to do something a little different. We’re inviting you (as coders, developers, designers or just someone who’d like to get involved) to sign up to our #peacehack and build a bot to send messages of peace.

Bots have been used in a multitude of ways from light-hearted efforts to tweet poetry through to influencing decisions and pushing services.

Our question this year is should we now maximise this medium for peace and can that be done in an ethical way? If so how can we most successfully do it?

Working in partnership with Build Up we need you, to help us show that by all taking small actions for peace we can make a massive difference. We believe that together we can create a flock of Twitter bots, to celebrate this International Day of Peace.

We’ll gather at the venue of this years’ Talking Peace Festival, House Of Vans London on September, 23. There we’ll ponder the ethics around using this and other technologies as well as look at how far we’ve spread our message and see if we can amplify it further on the day.

We’d love you to get involved, and don’t be put off if you’ve never made a bot before. Just bring your laptop and within minutes we can get you started!

The venue

House of Vans London occupies 5 tunnels directly underneath Waterloo Station. It hosts a variety of events including music, film, food, skateboarding and many others. It is also the venue of our Talking Peace Festival 2017.


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 or

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 start before the hackathon?

For sure! Bots can go live from the 18th September.

What resources am I allowed to bring/use during the hackathon?

Anything you need to create your bot

Do I need to bring my own computer?

Yes. We encourage you to bring their own devices.

I'm hungry!

Hopefully you won't be - we'll provide you with food and drink. If you have any specific requirements, drop us a line and we will try and suit your need

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