OpenHack Göteborg 2017
There are several challenges that we face towards building a sustainable and secure future. These challenges range from poverty, unemployment, epidemics, environmental changes and political instabilities. Multiple organizations and social actors work hard to solve these challenges and to help build a better world, all in their own creative and honorable way. The growing complex and multidimensional nature of these challenges call for new tools and methods to gather knowledge, share information and to leverage data that can increase the efficiency of our work.
The rise of new technology, especially within IT, opens up for new possibilities and ways to meet these challenges, regardless of the field or nature of the problem. Technology and IT open up for great possibilities in our daily life and can be used to help solve many of the challenges we face in the strive for a better tomorrow. The same technology has made it possible for people to collaborate and share their work more effectively and this is something that is perhaps most visible through the concept of Open Source communities.
Even then, the possibilities for coders and tech-volunteers to find available projects are still limited. Aid organizations and social actors clearly express interest to leverage technical solutions to create new solutions, but are often unable to attract the right talent or have a hard time define the project objective.
The purpose behind OpenHack is to show people interested in programming how they can help to make a difference on both a local and global level with Open Source development as a main toolkit, as well as to show aid organizations, governmental agencies and social actors how tech-volunteers can be a vital part of their work. We aim to create a platform for collaboration, where organizations and tech-volunteers can meet and exchange both ideas and knowledge.
The areas under focus include disaster management, information sharing, education and social development, all which align with the purpose of Engineers Without Borders Sweden. Case challenges are provided by external partners and anyone can submit a proposal for a challenge, regardless of whether you represent an NGO/aid organisation or national agency, work for a social actor, or want to contribute as a private actor. The challenges for each hackathon are selected based on subject relevance, social impact and technical depth.