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Humanitarian Hackathon - business opportunities with global impact

Op 15 en 16 januari 2019 organiseren het World Food Programme en Hack Belgium Labs een Humanitarian Hackathon op initiatief van Alexander De Croo. Tijdens deze Humanitarian Hackathon zullen we in het Egmont Paleis ruim 150 professionals samenbrengen om samen oplossingen te bedenken voor zes humanitaire uitdagingen.

De zes humanitaire uitdagingen zijn:

Climate change
The Climate Adaptation Management and Innovation Initiative (C-ADAPT) is an initiative designed to develop innovative climate-induced food insecurity analyses and practices to inform programming and decision-making. How can technology boost the implementation of C-ADAPT?

Beneficiary data management
Data cleansing in SCOPE. How can we automate the registration, processing and delivery of assistance (both cash and in-kind) for people affected by disasters?

School meals
How can we leverage the potential of local production to provide quality and affordable school meals, which will help children stay focused at school while supporting farmers and other producers in the area?

Smallholder farmers
How can we design an efficient and straightforward communication system for smallholder farmers in remote areas to provide them with information, connect them with the local markets and create new business opportunities for them?

Humanitarian support
How can we use emerging technologies such as drone imagery to predict population movement in the humanitarian context to optimize the emergency response? How can we combine various sources of data on refugees’ whereabouts to provide them with better assistance?

How can we leverage self-driving technology to access conflict zones and hard-to-reach areas to deliver much-needed assistance to the most vulnerable? How can we better reach communities hit by disasters, where access is impeded or dangerous, by using technologies such as drones? And how can we make these solutions cost-effective and acceptable for the national regulators and affected communities?

We nodigen uit uit tien segmenten:

(1) het World Food Program zelf, (2) international humanitarian organisations, (3) Belgian NGO’s, (4) donors, (5) Belgian corporate CSR & philanthropy departments, (6) Belgian companies & startups with relevant capabilities, (7) product design agencies/companies, (8) impact investors, (9) researchers at universities, research institutes & think tanks, (10) independent professionals with relevant skills (such as agritech, smart farming, nutrition, catering (schools), communication technology, marketplaces technology, mobile UX, drones, satellite imagery, mobile location data, geo data & visualisation, data analytics, machine learning, knowledge management, information architecture, self-driving technology, autonomous vehicles, privacy & security, identity data, payments technology, blockchain, supply chain & logistics, prototyping, IoT, and so on)

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