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RefugeesNow Hackathon @ the World Humanitarian Summit

RefugeesNow Hackathon @ the World Humanitarian Summit

How might we bring solutions-based thinking and build a new community of global creative minds to support the Syrian Refugee crisis?

Background

Hack4Humanity, an official event of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, was an orchestration of hackers, developers, entrepreneurs, and humanitarian leaders that gathered in Istanbul to participate in a 24 hour hackathon.

Challenge

The objective of Hack4Humanity is to co-create inspiring and unique solutions leveraging innovation, technology and multidisciplinary problem solving to respond to the refugee crisis.

Coordinating and Advising for real solutions to real challenges

As a colleague in a Greek refugee camp told us, "There's not an app that's going to be able to solve these challenges. This is huge."

The Unite Labs team served as a advisors and co-organizers, ensuring the challenges were grounded in reality, the participants represented a broad spectrum of talent, and all ideas has the opportunity to receive direct feedback from people working on the ground in refugee camps. As a part of this work, Unite Labs recruited talent from across four continents (including he co-founders of 500 Startups), as well as mentored and acted as subject matter experts to event participants.

Here is a video coordinated by the Unite Labs teams - shot the evening before the event from a Yazidi refugee camp in Northern Iraq -by writer and filmmaker Peter Holmes a Court:

A Sampling of the prototypes

After 24-hours of straight hacking (including a 3am electric guiar performance to wake everyone up) the teams had developed 10 prototypes. Including:

Unite Ideas

Unite Ideas

Silicon Valley Tour

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