Can social media stop a war? Help us find out by joining our #peacehack on 20–21 September, to celebrate the International Day of Peace.
The event, which will run non-stop for 36 hours, will bring together peacebuilders, coders and designers to create and realise solutions to aid some of the complex processes involved on the long road to peace.
In the past, technologists have often been seen more as service providers to peacebuilders, and peacebuilders have not had the technological experience to be truly innovative in the tech they use. #peacehack is an attempt to bring experts from both sides together to develop ideas and solutions hand-in-hand in order to produce something that is useful, exciting and groundbreaking.
The hackathon format allows these two worlds to combine in a way no other format can. Peacebuilders can describe some of the issues standing in the way of building lasting peace and developers can create innovative ways to present and guide those issues using a technology solution.
Food and drink will be provided free for all participants, including something special on Saturday evening!
Interested? Places are going fast, so reserve your free ticket today by clicking on the button below.
Themes and ideas
We’ve got a whole host of ideas that could be built upon, but if you have your own idea it is just as welcome. Some of the ideas so far include:
- First-person shooter … without Guns (War Photographer?)
- Non-Angry Birds (game for kids)
- Farmville > Peaceville
- How to fall in love with your enemy (celebrating common causes rather than points of difference)
- Informal peace-monitoring (for social media)
- De-weaponising the internet (kittens vs. guns)
- My Mobile Peacebuilder (piggybacking on existing tech)
- Visualising the world not at war (better representation of peace data)
- Eyes Full of Darkness (reversing the negative news trend)
- Everyday peace actions (how things we do positively/negatively connect to the rest of the world)
- The Library of Non-Violence/The Virtual Peacebuilding Building
- The Bleeding Edge (using Google Maps to identify the dividing line in conflict zones)
- The Military Expenditure Databank (the real cost of war)
- Listening Peace (capturing all the good things people say every day)
- Peacebuilding Lego (it takes time …)
- Conflicted (trying to understand what it means to be living in a conflict zone)
Date: 20–21 September 2014
Time: 9am Saturday–5pm Sunday
Address: Shoreditch Village Hall
33 Hoxton Square
London N1 6NN
Tickets: Book online here
We’re very pleased to have Zühlke as our main sponsor. They are market leaders in three interconnected fields: product and software engineering, management consulting and start-up financing. We’re also working with them with some of our project work in Nigeria.
We’d also like to thank 3Beards for all their support in helping put this event together.