We are partnering with International Alert to bring #peacehack to the Build Peace 2016 Conference.


#peacehack is an initiative of International Alert that brings peace practitioners, designers and developers together to develop new ideas and prototype solutions used to help build peace.

#peacehack is a 36-hour hackathon where developers and designers will work in teams to come up with a prototype technology solution to a peacebuilding challenge. The Build Peace Fellows will pose three specific challenges related to their peacebuilding work from which hackers can choose: scroll below to read about their challenges.

Hacking teams will present their prototypes to a panel of judges at the end of the #peacehack, and the winners will receive free conference tickets and free travel to the next Build Peace conference.

So do you have what it takes to develop a solution from idea to working prototype in 36 hours?

Can you ensure the design considers working in a fragile country? Are you able to ensure the UX is accessible for all? Can you speak the language of peace and tech? If so, please complete our sign-up form and apply to be part of our team for the weekend, where you bring the skills and we’ll provide the fuel!

Hack Schedule

The hack will start on Friday afternoon, 9th September, with introductions from the Build Peace team and our Build Peace Fellows introducing the problem statements. The provisional programme is:

Friday 9th September
14:00 – Registration
15:00 – Introductions and meeting the Build Peace Fellows
16:00 – Group formation and initial ideas
17:00 – Hack shout out
17:30 – 19:00 – Friday Coding sprint 1
19:00 – Informal Build Peace welcome gathering

Saturday 10th September
07:30 – 09:00 – Coffee and Yoga class
09:00 – 10:30 – Saturday coding sprint 1
10:30 – 11:15 – Coffee break
11:15 – 12:30 – Saturday coding sprint 2
12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 – Satuday coding spint 3
16:00 – 17:00 – Breakout session
17:00 – 19:00 Saturday coding sprint 4
19:00 – 20:30 – Dinner
20:30 – 22:00 – Saturday coding sprint 5

Sunday 11th September
07:30 – 09:00 – Coffee and Yoga class
09:00 – 10:15 – Sunday coding sprint 1
10:15 – 11:00 – Coffee break
11:00 – 12:45 – Sunday cosing sprint 2 and presentation preparation
12:45 – 14:00 – Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00 – Judging and presentation (as part of the main Build Peace conference)

Participants will also have access to the main Build Peace conference, and can sit in sessions that are of interest to them.

Hack Challenges

Project location: Burundi
Project name: Participatory analysis platform

CENAP (a local NGO where Jean Marie works) is conducting a mixed method participatory action research process on Burundian youth’s vision for their country’s future. They are using qualitative (focus groups) discussions and quantitative (survey) data to support dialogue processes on various issues raised by the research. The main purpose of Jean Marie’s fellowship is to develop a participatory analysis platform that will be online and used on laptops or desktop computers. The aim of the platform is to enable key stakeholders to interactively analyse/visualise the quantitative data during workshops, where this analysis can serve as a basis for multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Project location: Myanmar
Project name: Rumour Tracker

CDNH (a local NGO where Maude works) works to tackle communal violence in Myanmar. The CDNH team currently have a manual process to track rumours of communal violence. They have a network of approximately 100 local informants who they call on a regular basis. They record the outcome of these calls and produce analysis briefs for partners. The main purpose of Maude’s fellowship project is to develop a more systematic rumor tracking and verification system that does two things. First, it engages the local network in the process of rumor tracking and verification by encouraging them to report, check, provide evidence for or against and respond to rumors about conflict in Myanmar via a smartphone app. Second, it improves CDNH’s understanding of the rumor environment in Myanmar by facilitating analysis of rumor trends via a website dashboard connected to the smartphone app.

Project location: Colombia
Project name: e-Participatory Budgeting for Peacebuilding

One of the mechanisms agreed as part of the current peace process in Colombia between the Government and FARC guerrilla to encourage citizen participation is participatory budgeting, which is a process that allows citizens and communities of a locality to directly decide the spending of part of the budget according to certain priorities agreed by them. The main purpose of Diana’s fellowship project is to build a digital game to encourage participation in priority identification and deliberation.