Hackers to Build Solutions to Counter Extremism

LONDON, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Software developers from all over the world will compete to develop technologies that prevent extremism and foster tolerance.
Over the course of the next three months, developers participating in a series of hackathon events in 25 cities around the world, will be encouraged to find technology solutions that build tolerance and foster understanding across cultures, in order to prevent extremism. The first hackathons were held in San Francisco and Munich last weekend.

Hackathons are popular events where developers collaborate in weekend-long coding sessions. At the conclusion of the event, teams present their results, and a panel of judges selects winning teams.

The events are backed by the Govtech Alliance, a UK not-for-profit, established by technologists and venture capitalists to develop and promote technology solutions to the biggest challenges facing society.

The founder of the Govtech Alliance, serial entrepreneur and investor Aamer A. Sarfraz, said, “Tremendous talent exists in the tech community, and we need their creativity to counter all types of extremism. We’ve teamed up with great partners to make this happen. There couldn’t be a better platform than Angelhack to work with.”

The hackathons are arranged by Angelhack, the world’s largest and most diverse developer ecosystem. Upcoming cities include Abu Dhabi, New York, Hyderabad, London, Singapore, Osaka and Dubai.

Sabeen Ali, the Chief Executive Officer of Angelhack, said, “At AngelHack, we have seen first hand the importance of diversity, inclusion, and coexistence in both local, and global communities and across all industries. As a company who believes in conscious capitalism, we are thrilled to partner with the GovTech Alliance to encourage our community to code for a positive impact, and use their unique skill sets to help better the world.”

The Govtech Alliance’s campaign partners, who will help provide mentorship and support to the winning teams, include M&C Saatchi, the global marketing and communications leader, and the Counter Extremism Project, a not-for-profit international policy organisation combatting extremist ideologies.

About Govtech Alliance

The Govtech Alliance is a newly established not-for-profit based in London. Established by technologists and venture capitalists, it aims to promote technologies that help improve the lives of the public. Its current campaign is around identifying technology solutions that foster tolerance and prevent extremism. Find out more at www.govtechalliance.org

About Angelhack

AngelHack, a female-owned, female-majority company, is the world’s largest and most diverse developer ecosystem, helping to drive open innovation of tech products, platforms and brands with extraordinary smarts, scale and speed. Known as pioneers of global hackathons for more than five years, AngelHack’s 125,000+ developers, designers, and entrepreneurs around the world compete to build, test and launch new solutions over the course of a weekend. The HACKcelerator program and other education initiatives connect ambitious developers with thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs to help them become more versatile, entrepreneurial and successful as change-makers. Find out more at www.angelhack.com.

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SOURCE Govtech Alliance