Double December!

December was a busy month for #peacehack as two took place in different continents.

For the first hack, we returned to the Build Peace Conference, which took place at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia where over 30 developers, designers and peacebuilders came together to examine the theme of “Citizen Participation in Peace Agreements”, and in the initial ideation session, strands that came out included a conflict monitoring system for Myanmar, a game to explain the mechanism of Blockchain, a personal testimony platform where citizens can upload and share issues and stories directly, a storytelling app about conflict and peace in different contexts and using social media to monitor gun use.

Our judging panel (made up of representatives of International Alert, Build Up and Peace Nexus Foundation) chose La Panga, a platform which connects creatives and peacebuilders together to create alternative peacebuilding stories. Jerry McCann, Senior Advisor at Build Up said “we love now artists are reaching out to technology to expand the way in which they can have impact in their country”

We’d like to thank all the participants for taking part, and to Build Up for their logistical support. We’d also like to thank the team from Tupale who provided the participants with use of their platform for prototyping.

For the second hack, we returned to London to help facilitate the Design For Peace hackathon at Central St. Martins, London, organised by LATRA. The first day was all day summit where experts in the field shared their experiences around 4 themes: Design Innovation, Well-Being, Digital Education and Social Entrepreneurship. This was followed by a 2 day hack where over 25 designers, architects and creatives came together and came up with 3 solutions :

  • Project Nisa:  curating educational content and community
  • Tatatawar: training ambassadors and sharing knowledge through online plus offline gatherings
  • Folding for the future: extending lifecycle of objects tarpaulin, jerry cans & re-purpose for wellbeing, growing

The judges found it very difficult to choose between the ideas, but awarded joint winners (including a development prize of 1000 Euros) to Project Nisa and Tatatawar on the condition that the two projects merge, as there were common synergies between the two projects. The projects will be taken back to the LATRA incubator on Lesvos to start their next stage of development.

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