💙 Why Hack for Human Rights?
For all intents and purposes Hack for Human Rights is an anti-hackathon. There are no flashy prizes, caffeine-fueled all-nighters or last-minute deadline rushes.
This is a hackathon that prioritises substance and sustainability over hype. The selected projects are part of a slow, deliberate attempt to build longer-standing connective tissue between tech practitioners, their skills and local communities - even after the event.
🎪 How does Hack for Human Rights work?
We have a panel of experienced civic-tech practitioners working behind the scenes to identify a range of projects that address human rights' issues in and around Cape Town that might benefit from a range of tech-based skills.
If you are interested in being assigned to one of these projects please RSVP to this event. That's it, all that left then is to pitch up on the day, and we assign you to a project and take it from there!
- 1️⃣ A project Manager
- 2️⃣ A digital Designer
- 4️⃣ A journalist or researcher
- 3️⃣ Up to three developers
🔨 Some of the projects
🤬 Complain for Change Platform:
This project aims to create a resource platform containing videos that empower people to make sure that their complaints about public service are made in a manner that encourages actual change.
☂️ Social Security Coalition Website:
The SSC is a coalition of South African Civil Society Organisations who promote social security rights as envisioned in the Constitution and are calling for the introduction of a basic income grant in South Africa.
👶 Child Maintenance Guide
This project will map out the process that single parents should follow to seek financial relief via the maintenance court system. Once this process is mapped out, there is also a need to produce visual material in order to easily communicate it to those who would benefit from it.
🚓 Gender-based Violence Infographic
This project requires the collecting and aggregating of key pieces of information about gender-based violence in South Africa. It also includes the visualization of that data in a digital manner (for example PDFs) to be used in a printed medium such as posters.
👽 Codebridge (https://codebridge.org.za/)
Codebridge is an open, volunteer-driven community built on the belief that our collective interest in technology and social good can be used to serve our local community and explore alternate ways of addressing South African social problems.
👽 The Civic Technology Innovation Network (https://civictech.africa/)
CTIN was established to produce and deliver actionable learning – through content and events – for South African organisations and people active in or interested in innovation in government, transparency, governance, and accountability processes.
👽 OpenUp (https://openup.org.za/)
OpenUp is a group of post-corporate, tech and media professionals using their skills to increase access to digital information that can be used to empower individuals, improve their lives and their communities.
👽 Offerzen (https://www.offerzen.com/)
Offerzen helps tech candidates find awesome jobs. They flip the normal recruitment model, so instead of applying for jo
🚐 What about transport/parking?
We have lots of free parking right at the door if you are coming by car or motorcycle. The venue is also very close to the Newlands taxi rank if you are coming by taxi.
💻 What should I bring?
You are required to bring a laptop (or even desktop computer if you are up for it) to work on a project. We have more than enough power outlets and a super-speedy internet already set up!