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Developers gather for hackathon on humanity

Published måndag 7 december 2015 kl 17.30
"Hackathon are more about producing ideas and proof of concept"
(3:06 min)
A team at Lund University's OpenHack competition. Photo: Courtesy of OpenHack.
A team at Lund University's OpenHack competition. Photo: Courtesy of OpenHack.

Lund University hosted hundreds of developers, designers and everyday citizens for a weekend of brainstorming over problems facing humanitarian aid groups.

The two-day event, dubbed OpenHack, sought to bring diverse groups of people together to come up with innovate ways to help solve humanitarian problems around the globe.

Organizations like Doctors Without Borders, SIDA and the Red Cross presented real life challenges they faced and tasked competitors to develop creative fixes.

"The purpose and goal of OpenHack was to show how people interested in computer science, development, design, creativity and the tech industry in general how they can use their knowledge and skills to work humanitarian-ly," says hackathon organiser Johan Linåker, who is a doctorate student in computer science at Lund.

Linåker said the project's aim was to show the feasibility of possible ideas and to bring members of the aid community and tech scene closer together.

"This hackathon was more of a kickstarter or a tool to highlight this purpose," he tells Radio Sweden.

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