Change the world at Tech for Humanity hackathon!
25 May 2017
Posted by: Heather Smith
Taking place on 9 - 11 June in Tallinn, Estonia, Tech for Humanity is a hackathon devoted to finding innovative solutions to aid humanitarian catastrophes. The event is organised in the collaboration of Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and Garage48, at the Tehnopol Startup Incubator in Tallinn. All developers, designers, marketers and field experts with big hearts and bright ideas are welcome to join this 48-hour hacking marathon!
There are three areas of focus at Garage48 Tech for Humanity: finding new implementations of technology to aid the refugee crisis, natural disasters and developing countries. According to the United Nations (UN), there were 65 million displaced people in the world in 2016 - that is the highest number since the Second World War*. Millions more suffered due to hunger and numerous natural disasters. When it comes to helping in such disasters, the effective use of information and technology are nowadays as important as food, water and medicine.
Martin Goroško, the Head of Tehnopol Startup Incubator says that this event creates a wonderful opportunity for entrepreneurial people, to take the local technologies into the world, “We await around 100 contributors to take part of this event. In the first stage, the teams will develop a prototype of the product or service, that they can then introduce to the sub-committees of the UN such as the Global Humanitarian Lab (GHL) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). From there on, the product development can continue in collaboration with the GHL or ICRC and the best solutions will be put to work at the catastrophe areas.”
Because of their everyday work at disaster sites, project partners ICRC, GHL, NGO Mondo and Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation map out the most crucial problems. Better solutions in logistics, information gathering and distribution are essential to ensure that help would quickly reach the ones who need it the most. Sustainable solutions in education and psychological help are needful to ensure the normal quality of life for displaced people. These are just a few examples of areas in need of innovation.
Tech for Humanity awaits everyone who wants to help to solve these problems in collaboration with UN experts!
More info & registration: http://garage48.org/events/garage48-tech-for-humanity
Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/294400201012205/
This event is funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and organised with the help of several sub-committees of the United Nations.