Collecting available resources that might make it easier for the teams to achieve more within the 24-hour timespan - including helpful data sets or technology APIs - is critical to any hackathon. Especially one that's happening over such a short time-span.
Below is a collection of resource I put together for participants in the Hack4Humanity event:
BACKGROUND & INFORMATION SOURCES
DATA & TECH
Syria Regional Refugee Response Inter-agency Information Sharing Portal: The Syrian refugee situation data portal will be updated with the latest figures at 18 May 2016
Common Operational Datasets: Critical datasets that are used to support the work of humanitarian actors across multiple sectors. They are considered a de facto standard for the humanitarian community and should represent the best-available datasets for each theme.
Humanitarian Data Exchange: The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is an open platform for sharing data. The goal of HDX is to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis.
UN Data Catalog: Provides a comprehensive and representative overview of UN system open data assets, including:
UN Development Programme - https://data.undp.org/
UNICEF - http://data.unicef.org/
World Food Programme - http://www.wfp.org/fais/
World Health Organization - http://www.who.int/gho/en/
International Labor Organization - http://www.ilo.org/global/statistics-and-databases/lang--en/index.htm
UN Statistical data - http://unstats.un.org
Open Source Tech & APIs
KoboToolbox: A suite of tools for field data collection for use in challenging environments. Our software is free and open source.
International Rescue Committee on Github
Data Scientist Workbench: “Enables you to explore, prepare, refine, analyze, and visualize data interactively & collaboratively with open source tools.”
IBM Bluemix: “The cloud platform to accelerate innovation on both sides of the firewall.”
Watson Analytics: “Delivers cloud-based guided analytics, data visualization and predictive analytics that make understanding data easier.”
Why-How Laddering: When you think about the needs of someone, you can use why-how laddering to flesh out a number of needs, and find a middle stratum of needs that are both meaningful and actionable.
Empathy Mapping: Good design is grounded in an understanding of the person for whom you are designing. An Empathy Map is one tool to help you synthesize your observations and draw out unexpected insights.
Point of View Statement: A point-of-view (POV) is your reframing of a design challenge into an actionable problem statement that will launch you into generative ideation.
Web Application Host
Hosting your application, if required, is going to take considerable time. This should be the next step if you are looking to build your website or create a client-side prototype. Such service include:
Code Libraries & Frameworks
Experience with these frameworks will help you prototype your client-side functionality, but build and understanding your actual product much faster than utilizing online tools.
Front-End UI and Responsive Grid Frameworks
APIs makes it possible for applications to share data and take actions on one another's behalf without requiring developers to share all of their software's code. This is how websites are able to integrate things such as Google Maps, Instagram, or Facebook features to their application. See the links below for more information.
Version control is a system that records changes to a file or set of files over time so that you can recall specific versions later.
Other Refugee-Related Hackathons
March 25 - 27, 2016: Borderless Hack (Istanbul Turkey)
February 26 - 28, 2016: Hack The Global Refugee Crisis (Silicon Valley)
February 17, 2016: Europe In Turmoil Hackathon (Tufts University)
February 9, 2016: Techfugees NY Creative Conference (New York)
February 6th, 2016:Sheffield Refugee Hackathon (Sheffield, United Kingdom)
February 5th - 6th, 2016:Hacks/Hackers Refugee Hackathon (Amsterdam)
December 2015:Code The Road Europe - The Hamburg Hackathon For Refugees (Hamburg)
November 24-25, 2015:Refugee Hackathon (Liverpool, Australia)
October 24-25, 2015:Refugee Hackathon (Berlin, Germany)
October 23, 2015:Design For Humanity (The Netherlands)
October 17, 2015:Refugee Helper Hackathon (Hamburg, Germany)
June 3, 2014:MyUNCHR Hackathon (Jordan, Amman)