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#peacehackLDN2017 : #RobotsForPeace

#peacehackLDN2017 : #RobotsForPeace

#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[...]

Hack The Camp: 5 Months Later!

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 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[...]

#peacehackNYC

#peacehackNYC

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[...]

#PeaceHack: Hacking to improve immigrant and refugee settlement

#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 photo gallery

Hack The Camp photo gallery

We've just got back from our last #peacehack of 2016, which took place at Impact Hub in Athens between 2-4 December. Check out our gallery to see our teams in action.

Hack The Camp: Finalists announced

Hack The Camp: Finalists announced

The finalist for the second part of “Hack the Camp” in Athens have been announced We were inundated with great ideas and the selection panel had a hard time selecting the final ideas to go forward. The selected ideas are: Autonomous Water Supply: A portable water supply system, which can provide better hygiene for those[...]

Hack the Camp: Ένας δημιουργικός μαραθώνιος με ανθρωπιστικό σκοπό

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[...]

“We won International Alert Peacehack and here’s why”

“We won International Alert Peacehack and here’s why”

   By Chaymae Lougmani, winner of #peacehackLDN 2016 Before I take you through what we did during the Peacehack and why we won it, I want to give you a quick introduction to PeaceHack and give you a bit of context. What is Peacehack Peacehack is an initiative of International Alert that brings technologists, designers,[...]

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

#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 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[...]

#HackTheCamp part 1

#HackTheCamp part 1

We've just returned from our latest #peacehack, this time in Athens in collaboration with the US Embassy in Greece, Impact Hub Athens and the Onassis Cultural Center, to use technology and creativity to help alleviate and address some of the issues around the influx of refugees into Greece, which has become the major entry point[...]

#peacehackLDN: And the Winners are…..

#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: The photos

#peacehackLDN: The photos

#peacehackLDN – thoughts from an early morning

#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[...]

Morning Pitches at #peacehackLDN

Morning Pitches at #peacehackLDN

Morning’s pitches so far: App to request evidence on hate speech posting Choose your own adventure’ tool based on cartoon guidance on how to respond to hate speech with characters and scenarios to help fight hate speech Emojifies type tool to suggest changing hateful words ‘why don’t you use this other word instead?’ with positive[...]

Friday’s presentations at #peacehackLDN

Friday’s presentations at #peacehackLDN

Presentations from last night: peacehack-ppt  

Ideas recap – more to come: Day 2 #peacehackLDN

Ideas recap – more to come: Day 2 #peacehackLDN

We’re recapping on problem statements and ideas from last night. Ideas so far: App to identify and tag ppl as victims and bullies Twitter analysis apis to discover and analyse hate speech App to identify ppl with different views and invite them to safe dialogue Opinion-ometer to search and rate opinions Blocking system – to[...]

#peacehackLDN problem statements

#peacehackLDN problem statements

The video of last night’s talks/problem statements are now available on Facebook Click here to watch

#peacehackLDN announce it’s first sponsors!

#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,[...]

Live Blog: #PeaceHack in MNL Making PH a Much Safer Place!

Live Blog: #PeaceHack in MNL Making PH a Much Safer Place!

[View the story “#PeaceHackPH changes the world” on Storify]
#peacehackHAG results

#peacehackHAG results

Yesterday we kicked off our #peacehack 2016 edition as part of Big Data for peace and justice summer school, run by the University of Leiden and the Centre for Innovation. We did a “#peacehack lite” afternoon ideation session with a focus around countering online hate speech. As we had to condense a 36 hour hack[...]

#peacehack returns to London in 2016

#peacehack returns to London in 2016

We’re pleased to announce that #peacehack returns to London for the third consecutive year this October, as part of International Alert’s Talking Peace Festival The theme for this years’ #peacehackLDN will be ‘hacking hate speech’. Over two days, the hackathon will examine the real issues of Islamophobia faced by Muslims in the UK and beyond[...]

#peacehack talks to the Guardian

#peacehack talks to the Guardian

In 2014, co-founders Dan and Andy were interviewed by Jemima Kiss of the Guardian about #peacehack

#peacehack2015

#peacehack2015

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[...]

Hacking for peace: Can an app stop a bullet?

Hacking for peace: Can an app stop a bullet?

36 hours is a long time to stay awake – just ask Dan Marsh from International Alert. He, and some dedicated hackers did just that last weekend for the #peacehack, part of the peacebuilding charity’s month-long Talking Peace Festival. The 36-hour hackathon, which culminated on the International Day of Peace, saw six teams of developers[...]

Coding for good

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,[...]

#peacehack: The makings of a movement

#peacehack: The makings of a movement

Can an app stop a bullet? Can social media stop a war? On 20–21 September we brought together peacebuilders, coders and designers for the first ever #peacehack, a 36-hour hackathon aimed at creating and realising solutions to aid some of the most complex processes involved on the long road to peace. Here’s the story: [View[...]

#PeaceHackBey

#PeaceHackBey

By Eleanor Stewart, Digital Diplomacy, FCO As I clambered over a pile of stones atop a scrubby hillside olive grove in the searing midday Lebanese sun surveying the remains of the home of Lady Hestor Stanhope trying to recall how a degree in archaeology and passion for this kind of outdoor exploration and activity had[...]

#peacehackLDN 2015

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