The Great British Hack-Off: Let’s Help Britain
A Hackathon by Tech For UK and Best For Britain
While the chaos of Brexit plays out at the top of UK politics this week, it’s very hard to know what the effects of Brexit are “on the ground”. Local news no longer has much of a business model to concentrate on specific subjects or campaigns. Social media is a mess of local facebook groups which only locals can see. MPs often ignore email / online campaigns from constituents.
The Great British Hack-Off aims to address this. In a 2-day intensive, overnight “hackathon” on the weekend of July 21-22, the aim will be to get a groundswell of interest in helping to improve local communities and economies. The aim is to connect people with their decision makers and MPs about their concerns for jobs, services and the economy.
The event is also going to be used to pressure MPs to back a new, people’s vote on the terms of Brexit, with the option to remain in the EU.
Are local community projects, some formerly funded by the EU, still going? Are they being replaced? What about local factories, businesses? What about health Services? Are local or central governments stepping in to help, or are people’s concerns being ignored? Is foreign investment ebbing away form our local communities or is it being replaced? Are local news sources sharing what is going on?
What are the human stories? How can we use social media and video to tell those stories best?
The Great British Hack-Off will be a festival of tech and creativity to address these issues.
The ultimate goal of this event is to engage the tech community to help Best for Britain connect people in local communities to the information they need on Brexit and, in turn, connect them to their decision makers. Attendees to the Hackathon will also be able to work on their own projects and ideas related to Brexit. But these are our main guidelines for the event.
This will be the first event in a series, to be continued at other cities around the UK, not just in London.
Structured like a “Hackathon” it will be held at an amazing central London venue on July 21st and 22nd, bringing together engineers, designers, storytellers, marketers, data scientists, designers, artists, journalists / media people, analytics experts and social media influencers to work on these problems.
Participants will be selected from applications to our form and given full instructions about the event.
Day One will be a process of – Discovery, research/learning and introductions.
Day Two will be about improving, accelerating, growing/sharing and finally presenting our projects to each-other.
We will have capacity for 120 people to come together. There will be the opportunity to stay over-night at the hackathon. Please note that due to health and safety reasons this will be an 18 and over event.
Food and beverages will be provided.