Impact Hub Athens, the Onassis Cultural Center and the U.S. Embassy in Athens are joining forces for Hack the Camp, a two-part hackathon on refugee and integration challenges. Hackathon solutions and outcomes will focus primarily on the refugee and migrant populations currently in Greece, and aid organizations offering services to refugees. The event is supported by Techfugees Athens.
Programmers, designers, social entrepreneurs, humanitarian workers, educators, artists and other interested professionals are all invited to work together and find sustainable and scalable solutions for and with refugees and migrants in Greece. Migrant and refugee populations are also invited to participate in the process, voice their concerns, and share their knowledge and expertise.
Hack the Camp will be comprised of two events: #MeetTheHackers event on 21-22 October 2016 at Diplareios School, where experts will announce challenges and methodology while participants will form teams and start brainstorming, and the main #HackTheCamp event on 2-4 December 2016 at Impact Hub Athens, where the selected participants will prototype their idea and develop it into a sustainable solution, with the help of mentors.
Here are some of the challenges that #HackTheCamp will attempt to address:
- How can we improve living conditions for refugees?
- How can they access reliable information on their legal status?
- What kind of opportunities 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 develop an intercultural dialogue?
During the final day of Hack the Camp, the teams will present their projects and a Judging Panel of experts will decide on the top three teams/hacks. The winners will receive monetary awards, as well as free incubation services at Impact Hub. The teams and hack projects will be judged based on the following criteria: impact, user experience and presentation, sustainability, innovation, and reusability.