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Amsterdam Refugee Hackathon

February4, 5 and 6, 2016

A Lab, Amsterdam

The Netherlands has seen an influx in the number refugees arriving over the past years. Everyday refugees and migrants are faced with challenges in their new environments. Refugee organizations, volunteers, governments and other groups are working to assist them as they settle into their new lives.

Hacks/Hackers Amsterdam is teaming up with the University of Amsterdam's Media Studies department to organize a two-day hackathon. The goal of the hackathon will be to work on refugee projects aimed at providing solutions to existing problems in the refugee and migrant communities here in The Netherlands.

Who is invited?

Technologists, students, journalists, designers, storytellers, communication strategists, NGOs, refugee community members and workers

When will it be?

February 4, 5 and 6, 2016

Where will it take place?


Overhoeksplein 2, 1031 KS, 1031 Amsterdam

In addition to hacking on projects, we also want to provide a space where discussion and debate can take place on the issues surrounding the refugee crisis in The Netherlands focusing on the problems that exist within the NGO sector, on the government level, within refugee organizations and other areas. We are planning an exciting side session where we will hear from people who are tackling these issues everyday.

A few of our projects

Below are three projects that will be hacked on during the event . Please check back in the coming weeks for an update with clear deliverables and needs for each project. If you have a project you would like to pitch for the hackathon, please send an email to [masked].

Project 1 Safety Lab

The Safety Lab project aims to set up an online platform for undocumented female asylum seekers and develop online resources on safety and security. The platform will be developed together with the women to ensure it addresses the needs and issues they face around safety and security.

Project 2 Wifi Hotspot Device

The wifi hotspot project aims to develop a device that will provide refugees internet connections at different refugee collectives across The Netherlands. The goal is to implement a critical and conscious use of technology, conceptually consequent with the values of the Forum and the specific situations of the collectives involved. The platform aims to use values of the free software and open source movements, as they resonate as necessary for the struggle towards a free and open society.

Project 3 Refugee Interview Simulation

Refugee Interview Simulation is a virtual reality game that will be designed to give people an insight into the interview process between the IND and refugees in the asylum seeking process. In order to do this, interactive stories that mirror the dynamics of this interview will be developed that are based on real dossiers.

If you would like to join us for an exciting two days of hacking, RSVP by January 22.

What is Hacks/Hackers?

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