#peacehackLDN – thoughts from an early morning

It’s 5.30am on the Sunday of #peacehackLDN, and I’m sitting in hack central under dim lights lightly observing hackers who have spent all night solving problems and coding solutions. It never ceases to amaze and inspire me how these talented people can carry on working into the small hours.

I remember the same thing happened in our very first #peacehack in 2014. Whilst I managed to last halfway into the night before succumbing to the inevitable, some hackers (and Dan) carried on and on. And this dedication is such a good example to me as to why #peacehack continues to grow. The dedication put in by the people that take part is something to behold. Everytime we do a #peacehack, aside from the very obvious talent that comes along, the dedication to complete as much as they can, even if it means they sacrifice a basic human need as sleep.

Me. Catatonic. 2014

Me. Catatonic. 2014

Yet again, #peacehackLDN showed that dedication. On the first evening (after I announced that we probably wouldn’t be hacking on the Saturday night) we had hackers coming up to ask to ask if they could. And I’m looking around and they still are.

When you get to the last day of a hack there’s always a little sadness that sets in. Last year in our closing remarks I jokingly referred to the bonds that us at #peacehack make with the participants as “reverse Stockholm Syndrome”. Many of these people have never met before but by sharing this close-knit experience, individuals really do feel a sense of welcoming and belonging. And when we get to that point where everyone goes home, I like to think we all feel a little sad that it has to come to a close.

Pritesh. Catatonic 2016

Pritesh. Catatonic 2016

I feel very lucky that at International Alert I get the opportunity to make a difference, but when we do #peacehack there’s still something magical about what happens and the road we take over the weekend. Even if we do need a few days to get our sleep patterns back to normal!

Time for more coffee…..

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