Here is Kitty Hundal’s report on the Hackathon for the Homeless which took place at Business Rocks last week. Congratulations to all competitors and most especially to the winners! Connecting the marginalized with situationally appropriate work opportunities is an excellent and effective way to make a difference in people’s lives.
Business Rocks 2016 has hosted a global hackathon in a bid to help solve the ever-growing problem of homelessness through technology.
From Manchester’s City Centre to the shores of the Mediterranean, homelessness isn’t just about rough sleepers and migrants fleeing war zones, it’s about the needed change in the hearts and minds of those in a position to use their skills to help solve the growing crisis.
The theme of the 2 day hack educated some of the sharpest and brightest minds about the dangers, challenges and needs of the vulnerable. A panel consisting of the homeless from Gary Neville’s Stock Exchange project, scientists, developers, technologists, social housing and experts on the current migrant crisis set the ‘tech for good’ challenge.
This was a project inspired by the homeless, for the homeless.
from the Business Rocks 2016 Homeless Hackathon web site (changed to past tense)
“The Hackathon was a collaboration between
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