A global series of three-day hackathons designed to support homeless organisations are set to take place in Scotland, with the first being held in Edinburgh this March.
The second Scotland-based hackathon will take place this October in Dundee. It is hoped the Homeless Hackathons will generate innovative and creative solutions to help solve issues such as rough sleeping and how better to provide support for those in the homeless community.
William Thomson, MD of organisers Gallus Events, said: “The lack of a safe and secure home is an issue for millions of people across the globe. Homelessness is a global crisis.
“Hackathons have a proven track record of positively impacting the communities they serve and a Homeless Hackathon packs a big enough punch to design and develop practical solutions to prevent homelessness.”
Unlike more tradtional hackathons, which are designed to attract programmers and coders to focus on software based solutions, this event is looking beyond only digital solutions and is seeking people with a variety of skill sets to join.
The hackathon will bring together 100 people from across the IT and digital community, creative industries and local and national government, as well as the charity sector. It is also seeking input from those with experience of being homeless.
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Jamie Cooke, head of RSA Scotland, added: “With two hackathons taking place in Scotland they are an incredibly important and timely opportunity. As economic insecurity increases and the impacts of austerity become ever
more evident, it is unsurprising that the homelessness levels have been rising.
“I am delighted to support the hackathons as a powerful response to this unacceptable state of affairs – by bringing together tech savvy young people and those who have lived experience of homelessness, the hackthons will challenge the status quo and bring innovative new ideas to the table. I can’t wait to see what comes out of them.”
The Edinburgh Homeless Hackathon takes place across the weekend of the 20/21/22 March 2020. You can book online here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/homeless-hackathon-edinburgh-tickets-91277418215