13th May 2016


#peacehack is back in 2018

We’re pleased to announce our first #peacehack of 2018! In partnership with UNDP and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we’re returning to the Hague in July to do a 1 day hack entitled “Peace connect: working better together to prevent conflict: Finding data-driven and innovative solutions to jointly and rapidly identify and respond to[…]

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[…]

#peacehack @ Build Peace 2017

We’re pleased to announce that applications are now open for our next #peacehack, as part of the Build Peace Conference 2017. This years’ conference takes place in Bogota, Colombia and is based on the theme of “Making Paper Count: New Forms of Citizen Participation in Peace Agreements” We’re inviting developers and designers in the Colombia[…]

#peacehack London 2017: hacking for peace at our #robotsforpeace workshop

Last weekend, we built a flock of twitterbots at two #peacehacks in London and Brierfield to spread messages of peace on Twitter for International Peace Week. The latest hackathon joined a campaign from Build Up and International Alert to build #robotsforpeace to reach as many people as possible and get #peaceday trending on Twitter. Tech[…]

Peacetech Today: Outcomes of the 2016 Build Peace Fellowship

This article originally appeared on the Build Up blog, July 2017, and the initial ideation and prototyping took place at our #peacehackZRH event in September 2016. In the last year, Build Up, funded by Interpeace and PeaceNexus, ran a pilot program of the Build Peace Fellowship, focused on mentoring peacebuilders through strategically embedding a tech tool in their process.[…]

Hack The Camp: 5 Months Later!

“Hack the Camp” Winners Present their Innovative Solutions to Refugee Challenges. Teams “RefuGR” (Refugees in Greece مهاجرین دریونان), Refergon and Taproot Design present their projects on Thursday, June 1st 2017 at 7:00pm at an invitation-only event for hackathon participants, mentors, press and select guests in Impact Hub Athens. During the five months that followed the[…]

Taproot update

Taproot Members Dimitris Morakis (Industrial Designer) and Voula Germanakou Kopsini (Filmmaker) together with Eirini Gkeli (Industrial Designer) teamed up during the the Hackathon on refugees and Integration Challenges #HackTheCamp, that took place in Impact Hub Athens on December 2016, winning the 3rd prize with our mobile water supply unit (WALY). Our goal was to create[…]


We’re pleased to announce our first #peacehack of 2017. The Conflict Resolution Working Group (part of the School of International Public Affairs) at Columbia University will be holding a #peacehack on March 26th 2017 whose objective is to contribute to the field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding using new technologies/media and data analysis. The #peacehack[…]

The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

“Hate picks no sides—it merely fills the gaps left by broken communication.” By Mana Farooghi – Peacebuilding Advisor for International Alert. In the weeks surrounding the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, anti-immigrant hate crime in the UK rose to worrying levels, culminating in the dramatic murders of the Polish national Arkadiusz Jóźwik[…]

Building Peace Through the Power of Technology – International Alert’s #peacehack combines bright heads to solve today’s big problems

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and our earth is no different. Each and every day we are developing new technologies, new perspectives, and new ways to advance ourselves. And much like our children, our world is dependent on us to lead it down the right path. International Alert, a leading[…]

#PeaceHack: Hacking to improve immigrant and refugee settlement

On November 25 and 26 at the HiVE, PeaceGeeks and Simon Fraser University (SFU) brought hacking from the tech world into the community, with an event aimed to address pressing issues confronting immigrant and refugee settlement in Greater Vancouver. For anyone familiar with the term ‘hackathon,’ an image of caffeine-fueled programmers huddled intensely around computer[…]

Hack the Camp: Ένας δημιουργικός μαραθώνιος με ανθρωπιστικό σκοπό

Παρακολουθήσαμε τον hackathon στη Διπλάρειο Σχολή που φιλοδοξεί να δώσει τεχνοκρατικές λύσεις στα προβλήματα του προσφυγικού με την ενεργή συμμετοχή των ίδιων των προσφύγων. 06.11.2016 Φωτογραφίες: Γεράσιμος Δομένικος / FOSPHOTOS Το Hack the Camp δεν είναι κάτι συνηθισμένο. Είναι ένας hackathon, μια συγκέντρωση δηλαδή προγραμματιστών, ειδικών περί λογισμικού και άλλων που καταχρηστικά αποκαλούμε “hackers” που προσπαθούν δουλεύοντας εντατικά[…]

#HackTheCamp: A hackathon ready to provide the refugee crisis with solutions

How can we improve living conditions for refugees? How can the access reliable information on their legal status?What kind of apart unities are available or can be created for refugees? How can we tap on the many skills that moving populations bring with them? How can populations in transit and local populations come closer and[…]

Hate Speech Plugin Gives Internet Trolls a Chance to Pause

Hate Speech Blocker is a new browser plugin that tackles the complex problem of online hate speech without blurring the line between freedom of speech and censorship. Call it a spellchecker, of sorts – for hate. Typically, online hate spammers that get caught venting their anger on unsuspecting victims could end up with their social[…]

#peacehackLDN: And the Winners are…..

The ten hack teams pitched their ideas to the audience and our amazing panel of judges – Dr Sue Black OBE, Founder of TechMums and Author ‘Saving Bletchley’, Peter Barron, VP Communications & Public Affairs Google EMEA, Georgiy Kassabli, Software Engineer Facebook and Mana Farooghi, Senior Peacebuilding Programme Officer at International Alert. The ten projects:[…]

#peacehackLDN announce it’s first sponsors!

As we gear up to this Friday’s #peacehackLDN, we’re pleased to announce two food sponsors. Hippeas – Organic chickpea snacks which are high in fibre, low in calories, organic, gluten free, and a source of protein. Panacea Health and Beauty – Natural Health stores in London stocking a large range of quality skincare and cosmetics,[…]

#peacehackZRH winners

Hacking the hack and winners at #peacehackZRH

At #peacehackZRH hosted by the Build Peace conference in Zurich, developers worked on problem statements provided by the Build Peace Fellows. We hacked the hack this time – shifting our usual structure of separate teams competing – as the developers were keen to work on all three problem statements. They worked together in 3 hour[…]

#peacehackZRH – problem statements

The #peacehack @ Build Peace has kicked off with the problem statements from the 3 Build Peace Fellows: JEAN MARIE NDIHOKUBWAYO Project location: Burundi Project name: Participatory analysis platform CENAP (a local NGO where Jean Marie works) is conducting a mixed method participatory action research process on Burundian youth’s vision for their country’s future. They[…]

Peacehack 2016: Amazing things happen when you hack against hate

As featured in The Memo, 24th August 2016 By Kitty Knowles London Peacehack tackles hate speech & Islamophobia. Today there are an abundance of tools to make our lives better: Slack for work, Olio for food, Mondo for money.But what about software that makes the world a better place? An app that promotes peace? Peacehacks hits London[…]

#peacehack @ Build Peace announced

We’re very pleased to announce that we will be running a #peacehack at this years’ Build Peace conference in Zurich. Build Peace is a community that brings together practitioners, activists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology, arts and research for peacebuilding and conflict transformation. We’ll be running[…]


Simple tools offer path out of conflict

By Edd Gent, SciDev.net Divisions between the people on either side of the Sudan-South Sudan border run deep. South Sudan’s declaration of independence in 2011 has yet to end the decades-long conflict between Misseriya Muslims and Dinka Christians. The region is also chronically underdeveloped. “There’s not just no smartphones, there’s no electricity, no phone network[…]


In September, International Alert ran its first international #peacehack series, with hackathons taking place in Barcelona, Beirut, Colombo, London and Washington DC. We’re pleased to announce the winners below. Barcelona Winner: Safegees Safegees is a mobile and web application that allows refugees to privately and, in a secure manner, geolocate people in their contact network. The app[…]

Coding for good

Sri Lanka’s tech and civil society community join forces for peace Over one hundred coders came together in Colombo on 19-20 September for Code for Good Sri Lanka, co-organised by International Alert as part of our #peacehack series. The hackathon was a joint partnership between Alert and Internews, with support from SLASSCOM, internet.org by Facebook,[…]

#PeacehackDC generates new tech tools to counter violent extremism

By Jillian Slutzker, Creative Associates International For 36 hours, 20 peacebuilding experts and technologists huddled around laptops in a rush to hammer out new games, applications and tech tools to counter violent extremism as part of #PeacehackDC. Hosted by Creative Associates International in partnership with International Alert, #PeacehackDC joined concurrent hackathons in Barcelona, Beirut and[…]