The hack focused on using data to solve urban challenges like social isolation, unemployment and transport difficulties. There were eleven teams with 60 hackers from a range of backgrounds include data, UX, software engineering and service design. Many had a special interest in urban planning and there were quite a few students present.Read more of "City Data Hack at Urban Innovation Centre, London"
This Accessible Tech Hackathon was aimed at making the workplace more accessible for those with disabilities. It’s a prime example of using technology to make the world a better place. It’s tech for good. It was held on 18-19 March and was a two-day hackathon at Google Campus. Hackathon groups partnered with specific social enterprises to solve accessibility issues they’re facing.Read more of "Accessible tech hackathon for people with disabilities in the workplace"
Technology often only appeals to a narrow demographic of people. Companies invest huge amounts of money and time in developing the latest technologies, but often at the cost of accessibility. People with disabilities can struggle to use many of the technologies that now govern our lives, which significantly impacts on their quality of life and happiness. It can result in feelings of frustration, alienation and loneliness.Read more of "Use open source to solve accessibility problems in the workplace"
The mission of Code First: Girls is to inspire more women to enter into technology and entrepreneurship. Whether you’re looking to become a developer, want to work in startups, a big tech company or just want to see whether it could be for you, the conference gave an insight into the amazing developments happening in technology, as well as information on how to break your way in.Read more of "Code First: Girls Annual Conference 2016 @ Twitter HQ"
This women in tech initiative brought together a diverse range of female thought leaders from across the industry. Together, they delved into the future of innovation and technology. We’re also changing the way we use technology - from AI to robotics, it’s evolving fast.Read more of "GeekGirl Meetup UK: The Way We're Wired"
EmpowerHack is a coding collective that supports female refugees through sustainable design. It was created in 2015 and began with one weekend-long hackathon.Read more of "EmpowerHack introduction: coding for refugee women"
WeRockTech is an amazing initiative founded by Eddie Jaoude, a senior software consultant, and active member of the open source tech community. WeRockTech is primarily a youtube channel that provides a platform for discussions with people in tech who have either contributed a huge amount to open source already, or are new to the community, and starting explore how they can get involved.Read more of "WeRockTech empowers people from diverse backgrounds to become involved"
Held at ThoughtWorks, London, Hack Brexit was attended by dozens of people who voted to leave and remain. The aim was to create dialogue and action beyond Brexit, to help our country move forwards positively. Seismic shifts have occurred in our political landscape, caused by Britain’s vote to exit from the European Union in the recent referendum. Many questions are still unanswered and the future is extremely uncertain. Massive changes are expected on national and international levels, and people want to reform the current system.Read more of "Beyond Brexit: Creating dialogue and action for a country divided"
The Open Source tech community (or "family" as I often refer to them as) are great! Not are they only very welcoming, willing to learn and teach each other, but here are more reasons why I believe this and why it can happen any where.Read more of "Tech Friends Everywhere!"
2-day hackathon to encourage entrepreneurship - where teenage girls will be inspired to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology, as well as attend masterclass workshops from digital marketing to APIs. The aim of this event is to give young women the basic tools that will enable them to make a more informed decisions.Read more of "AcornHack Hackathon March 2016"