PRESS RELEASE

Hacks/Hackers Amsterdam is organizing a ‘Refugee Hackathon’ from February 4-6 at A-Lab.

Why a Refugee Hackathon? Hacks/Hackers Amsterdam wants to engage the community at-large in addressing some of the problems that exist due to the European refugee crisis. We think that by getting migrants and refugees, technical and non-technical creatives and organizations working on these issues to collaborate, we can come up with best solutions to tackle some of the issues.

On February 4, HacksHackers will open the Refugee Hackathon with a presentation of the hackathon projects, a documentary screening and a discussion.

We will screen the documentary ‘WIJ ZIJN HIER!’, by documentary filmmaker Alexandra Jansse. The documentary tells the story of the Dutch refugee collective We Are Here – The struggle of 220 refugees who have only one desire: to live in dignity in a country where peace prevails.

Following the screening, we will explore the role of the media in covering refugee and migrant issues and how this group is currently represented in the media through a round-table discussion with journalists, researchers, refugee activists and NGOs.

The hackathon will run from February 5-6 and features projects that each try to address a problem by either developing tools, resources, websites or games. Some projects aim to provide migrants and refugees access to information and connectivity, such as the Safety Lab, Wifi Hotspot and Refugee Phrasebook, while others such as the Interview Simulation aim to sensitize people in the community to experiences of migrants and refugees.

Projects can also be pitched at the start of the hackathon. Every project will have a group of dedicated hacks and hackers who will spend the two days working together and present their creations on the final day.

Registration is required but participation in the hackathon is free. The Hackathon is hosted by Hacks/Hackers Amsterdam, A Lab, ISOC.nl and the University of Amsterdam Media Studies department.

A Lab is a start-up community hub in Amsterdam. Combining the strength of Amsterdam’s creative scene, technological prowess and free thinking spirit into a 5000m2 hothouse for bleeding edge experimentation.

 


Sign up here for the hackathon by February 1.

For media inquiries please email hackshackersams@gmail.com