Being far away is not an excuse for failing to help the suffering people of Gaza. This is the righteous approach of Berlin-based Ismail Chaib and Pavlik Elf who organize a hackathon in Berlin to harness the power of technology in order to create concrete solutions that would help de-escalate the situation.
“The critical situation the people of Gaza endure at the moment has led people from across the planet to seek ways of helping. Some people join demonstration or donate money while others share articles on facebook. We, as developers, think there is something more we can do! By combining the force of a host of tech wizards, we are sure we can contribute in a positive way potentially impacting the lives of thousands of people” say the organizers of CrisisCamp Berlin: Hacking 4 Gaza.
The event will be held on 9th of August and focus on three main themes:
- Building emergency relief solutions that could be used on the ground by Palestinians and/or NGOs and emergency units.
- Facilitating dialogue between all parties offline and online
- Raising awareness globally and informing citizens and policy-makers
Some projects that they seek to work on include a crisis map of Palestine and Israel territory, annotating press articles in order to provide unbiased access to information and elping with organizing community translations. For the agenda and other details of the program, click here.