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Ich Bin Hier | انا هنا | I Am Here - Worldwide Hack/Mod

The Democracy School and Rewired State

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11:30 PM (BST)

Ich Bin Hier  |  انا هنا  |  I Am Here - Worldwide...

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Open worldwide hack for refugees and displaced people


This is an open hack, not in a physical place and is open for a month. For the month of October we are inviting alldevelopers and designers to work remotely to address the following three challenges:


The three challenges that we are laying down are:


  1. Refugees are being separated from friends and family as they flee Syria. Build a way for them to locate and reunite with each other.


  1. There are currently countless incidents of war crimes and crimes against people that are going unrecorded and reported. Build a way to record and report the time and location of crime against refugees.


  1. The displaced people of Syria are not represented by anyone and have no democratic collective voice. Build a way for them, and any they choose to represent them, to be heard so that their actual needs are met, and not those we suppose they have.


Guidelines for developers - anonymity in challenges 1 and 2 are essential, and so the challenge is apparently impossible. An impossible challenge!

Our commitment is to enable the world’s developer community to deliver relevant and essential tools into the hands of displaced people everywhere, giving them voice, dignity and support. With a further challenge that this goes from ideation to product within two months - before the winter months hit.


The timeline and process


I Am Here will be opened to developers at London at Techfugees (an event run by Mike Butcher, editor-at-large of TechCrunch) on the 1st October.


October: a month long open hack - whereby technologists from around the world will build milti-platform apps that address one of the three challenges and upload them to a platform (tba).


November: a panel of judges made up of refugees will select winners of each category. Those who created those prototypes will then be invited to take part in  iterative stages of build (in collaboration with refugees and displaced people) through to three functional apps that will be made available for all refugees and displaced people from the 1st December.


(Prototypes not selected as winners by the judges can still be taken through to product and launched on the platform, but the iterations of that process with refugees will not be able to be managed centrally)



Whilst this is being delivered using many freely offered and pro bono services, there are some unavoidable costs and we are looking for sponsors. Please contact if you are keen on helping out financially


Image "(Syria 1, Emergencies 6) (9362333059)" by Trocaire from Ireland - DSC_0871 (Syria 1, Emergencies 6). Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons -,_Emergencies_6)_(9362333059).jpg#/media/File:(Syria_1,_Emergencies_6)_(9362333059).jpg




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Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11:30 PM (BST)

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The Democracy School and Rewired State

Background on the Democracy School


The Democracy School exists to help individuals and organisations develop the political leadership capacity needed to effectively address complex and often politically sensitive challenges locally, nationally and internationally.


We do this through a combination of research, consultancy and capacity building which is delivered by our interdisciplinary faculty and supported by our project office which provides administrative and logistical assistance.


The School is committed to narrowing the gulf, and building bridges between civil society and the political class through the provision of low cost and free activities, such as our peer-learning programme for emerging leaders.


Background on Rewired State


Rewired State was founded in 2009 to realise the potential of open data for government and industry. It has grown from a small organisation that ran hack days, to an agency that advises clients on the challenges and opportunities of digital disruption, builds APIs, rationalises data, delivers rapid prototyping events and creates digital products through its bespoke hack and modding process. It has access to a worldwide network of developers from 16 years old and upwards. As a part of its social commitment a part of its profits go towards the Festival of Code (a free week-long hack in the Summer for young developers aged 7-18) and running four non-profit, open hack events a year in response to humanitarian need.

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