#HacktheCamp was a creative marathon for the development of solutions to address refugee needs. It was held between October and December 2016. Out of the 250 ideas originally submitted, nine made it to the finals. The three winning projects are currently under development to support the migrant community in Greece.
The final #HacktheCamp event was held on December 2-4, 2016 and was organized by the U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS, Impact Hub Athens, and the Στέγη Ιδρύματος Ωνάση / Οnassis Cultural Centre Athens in collaboration with two international organizations with extensive experience in organizing humanitarian hackathons: Creative Associates International from the U.S. and International Alert from Great Britain.
Exactly 5 months after #HacktheCamp’s first event, the three winning teams presented their innovative solutions to refugee challenges. Teams “RefuGR” (formerly named NativeNet), “Refergon” and “Taproot” (formerly named Autonomous Water Suplly) presented their projects on Thursday, June 1st 2017 at 7:00pm at an invitation-only event for hackathon participants, mentors, press and select guests in Impact Hub Athens (Karaiskaki 28, Athens). During the five months that followed the #HacktheCamp final, through the support provided by Impact Hub Athens, the winning teams have been able to further develop their ideas into products and services that address refugee challenges in Greece.
The night closed with a performance by the music ensemble & choir of El Sistema Greece, directed by the world renowned Gerald Wirth, director of the Vienna Boys’ Choir. El Sistema Greece is an Impact Hub Athens initiative that aims to open the doors to young refugees in the Greek society and culture through music.
View some more photos from the event, below:
Photos: Aris Athanatos, Angel Ballesteros.