Hackers help communities combat effects of dangerous floods at Europe’s biggest hackathon

Global water technology company, Xylem, congratulated a team of hackathon participants that has come up with a new way to respond to abrupt flood events. Team Res–Queue won HackZurich 2021’s Xylem Water Challenge with their innovative solution to help people affected by dangerous flooding intensified by climate change. Participants were asked to create an interactive platform where lifesaving information and updates can be accessed and shared within seconds by communities affected by flooding events. The winning team achieved this over a non-stop 40-hour hackathon event in Zurich, Switzerland. The Res-Queue…

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UNESCO launches CodeTheCurve Hackathon to develop digital solutions in response to COVID-19

UNESCO, in partnership with IBM and SAP, has launched the CodeTheCurve Hackathon to support young innovators, data scientists and designers across the world to develop digital solutions to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from its terrible impact on the health of thousands so far, the COVID-19 crisis is having profound effects on societies, from reliable information sharing to education, with school closures currently affecting more than 1.5 billion students across the planet. “Solving this unprecedented global crisis will require the collective expertise and imagination of all of us,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General…

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Cannes Lions Launches its First “Change for Good” Hackathon with Amazon and Huge

Cannes Lions has announced it will host a two-day “Change for Good” Hackathon, to be held live on 19-20 June at the 65th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Together with Amazon, Huge and international advocacy platform Global Citizen, Cannes Lions will invite teams from across the globe to join forces and imagine and build solutions that will further six Global Citizen campaigns, including: No Poverty, Food & Hunger, Health, Education, Gender Equality, and Clean Water & Sanitation.. Ascential Events CEO and Chairman-Elect of Cannes Lions Philip Thomas, commented, “Launching…

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48-hour Hackathon in Sarajevo to generate new tech solutions to combat violence against women and girls.

Throughout 16 Days of Activism, UN Women reached out to the youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina, asking them to generate ideas for technology solutions that would help prevention of violence against women and girls. At two ideation processes, Ideathons, young men and women suggested 17 ideas that included tech tools such as mobile apps, web platforms, interactive chats, QR technology, wearable gadgets and mobile games that would tackle this widespread problem. The 6 most potent ideas were chosen to be further developed at a 48-hour Hackathon under the guidance of…

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Lifesaving hackathon held at Facebook

Virtual reality games, chatbots and wearable tech were just some of the potentially lifesaving ideas generated when around 150 women took part in a special hackathon for the RNLI at Facebook’s HQ in London. The hackathon was a women-only event organised by Facebook, together with the Ladies That UX and GeekGirl Meetup groups, and saw 20 ideas submitted. The winning concept focused on using augmented reality to prevent people from getting cut off by tides. The RNLI will be looking at the winning idea, plus several other excellent concepts generated…

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