Hack For Locals - Hackathon on Building Smarter and Stronger Communities

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When 9-11 October

Where @Fabrika, Kharkiv, Ukraine

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    United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP) and Garage48 are inviting you to Hack for Locals - a hackathon on building smarter, stronger, safer, cohesive and smoother-running communities.  


    Hack for Locals is going to take place on the 9th to 11th of October in Kharkiv, Ukraine at one of the coolest venues in Ukraine – @ Fabrika Space.


    The overall goals of the Hack for Locals are : 

    ✔︎ to bring together all the community enthusiasts and bright minds, who would like to participate more actively in the local government's decision-making process in Ukraine
    ✔︎ to brainstorm and find new and creative ICT solutions that would support the local democracy
    ✔︎ to create more viable e-participation services geared towards social progress
    ✔︎ to find solutions and gain different insight into the complex problems NGO’s in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are currently dealing with
    ✔︎ to help communities overcome the digital divide  

    Being creative, expressing yourself, striving for excellence and never giving up are the key factors to initiate a change in the community and we all have these powers, but we can’t really trigger them alone. Coming together and sharing your ideas and thoughts with everyone will give you a better understanding and create clear goals and objectives.


    This event is a possibility to surround yourself with people who empower you to become better, so prepare yourself for 48-hours of excitement, inspiration, creativity, and validation. Teams are formed on spot around the best ideas (so please, do not worry if you don't have an idea at all - you are more than welcome to the hackathon!). 48-hours that follow, will be filled with vibrant community energy, brainstorming, and hard work, all in order to turn the initial idea into a working prototype. All the teams will be supported by top-notch local and international mentors. All the finished prototypes will be presented on the 11th of October finale and the best teams will receive rewarding prizes that will enable them to develop their ideas even further! Best teams will get access to follow-up mentoring and online pre-accelerators as well as opportunities to work with several businesses and governmental institutions.


    Coffee, warm meals and snacks are provided throughout the event, so you can focus on developing your idea into a full-on prototype.


    Just to be clear, this hackathon is meant for everyone - we do not discriminate by age, gender or the ideas, as long as they all carry that spark of hope for a better tomorrow. 

    To help to make it even more inclusive- the cost of the travel and accommodation for the participants to whom it is difficult to travel due to a physical disability will be covered by the organizers.  As a regular participant- we will cover all your travel related costs from all over Ukraine.


    Synergy & diversity are vital for innovation and growth of the community!


    Inspiring minds, designers, developers, community-builders and enthusiasts, business people and marketing folks, NGO and governmental institution representatives who face these problems on a daily basis - REGISTER NOW, share your ideas with us and get ready for the event of your life!


    👉👉👉http://bit.ly/hack4locals


    Join the event Facebook page

    👉👉👉 https://www.facebook.com/events/1312653025561832/ 


    Remember, you DO have a big role in helping your community become smarter and stronger and now is the time to speak! #hack4locals💙🇺🇦💛


    The United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP) is being implemented by four United Nations agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

     

    The Programme is supported by eleven international partners: the European Union, the European Investment Bank and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

     

    Read more about UN RPP following the link:
    http://www.ua.undp.org/content/ukraine/en/home/recovery-and-peacebuilding.html

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    Програма ООН із відновлення та розбудови миру (UN RPP) та Garage48 запрошують на Hack for Locals: Хакатон для розвитку місцевих громад, задля розробки рішень актуальних соціальних проблем в Україні.

    Hack for Locals відбудеться 9-11 жовтня у м. Харків, на одній із найкрутіших українських локацій - Fabrika Space.

    Загальні цілі Hack for Locals:
    ✔︎ Об’єднати ентузіастів місцевих громад, які прагнуть активніше впливати на прийняття рішень місцевою владою в Україні
    ✔︎ Провести «мозковий штурм» та залучити нові креативні інформаційно-комунікаційні технології для підтримки місцевої демократії
    ✔︎ Створити більш життєздатні електронні послуги спрямовані на соціальний прогрес
    ✔︎ Знайти інклюзивні та сталі рішення для складних проблем, з якими зараз стикаються місцеве самоврядування і громадський сектор у Донецькій та Луганській областях
    ✔︎ Допомогти громадам подолати цифровий розрив з метою розширення можливостей для найбільш вразливих груп у користуванні перевагами сучасних інформаційних технологій та електронного врядування.

    Творчість, самовираження, прагнення до досконалості та віра в себе - це ключові фактори, які ініціюють зміни у спільноті. Ці якості є практично в кожного, але поодинці їх потенціал не може бути реалізованим. Приєднавшись до однодумців, ти можеш краще зрозуміти та спільно сформулювати чіткі цілі й завдання.

    Ця подія – можливість зануритися у креативне оточення, яке дозволить тобі стати кращим, тому підготуйся до 48 годин експериментів, натхнення, творчості та втілення власних ідей у життя. Команди формуватимуться на місці навколо найкращих ідей (а якщо власної ідеї нема - то запрошуємо приєднатися до інших команд!). Ці 48 годин будуть наповнені потужною енергією спільноти, мозковими штурмами та наполегливою працею, і все заради того, щоб перетворити початкову ідею на діючий прототип. Ментори місцевого та міжнародного рівня підтримуватимуть усі команди протягом заходу. Готові прототипи будуть презентовані 11 жовтня, а найкращі команди отримають фінансову підтримку, яка дозволить втілити ідеї в життя. Подальше наставництво менторів, участь в онлайн пре-акселераторах, а також можливість співпрацювати з різними підприємствами та державними установами – додаткові бонуси від організаторів заходу.

    Кава, теплі страви та закуски будуть забезпечені протягом усього заходу, тому ти матимеш змогу зосередитись на розробці своєї ідеї в повному обсязі.

    Цей хакатон призначений для всіх: ми не обмежуємо коло учасників та учасниць за віком, статтю та ідеями, оскільки віримо, що кожна людина несе іскру надії на краще майбутнє. Щоб зробити захід більш доступним, організатори відшкодовують витрати на проїзд для усіх відібраних учасників і учасниць з різних куточків України (окрім транспорту категорії “люкс”), а також в окремих випадках забезпечують проживання для тих учасників та учасниць, які за станом здоров’я потребують особливих умов.

    Синергія і різноманітність є життєво важливими для інновацій та зростання місцевих громад!

    Натхненні ідейні лідери і лідерки, дизайнери/ки, розробники/ці, громадські діячі/чки та ентузіасти/ки, підприємці та маркетологи, представники/ці громадських організацій та урядових установ, а також ті, хто щодня стикається з проблемами та прагне їхнього вирішення - РЕЄСТРУЙТЕСЯ НЕГАЙНО, діліться своїми ідеями з нами та готуйтесь до події вашого життя!

    👉👉👉http://bit.ly/hack4locals

    Приєднуйся до події на фейсбук сторінці
    👉👉👉 https://www.facebook.com/events/1312653025561832/

    Пам’ятай, ти відіграєш важливу роль у своїй громаді, щоб зробити її розумнішою, сильнішою та доступнішою і саме зараз настав час діяти! #hack4locals💙🇺🇦💛

    Програму ООН із відновлення та розбудови миру (UN RPP) реалізують чотири агентства ООН: Програма розвитку ООН (ПРООН), Структура ООН з питань ґендерної рівності та розширення прав і можливостей жінок (ООН Жінки), Фонд ООН у галузі народонаселення (UNFPA) і Продовольча та сільськогосподарська організація ООН (ФАО).

    Програму підтримують одинадцять міжнародних партнерів: Європейський Союз, Європейський інвестиційний банк, а також уряди Великої Британії, Данії, Канади, Нідерландів, Норвегії, Польщі, Швейцарії, Швеції та Японії.

    Детальніше про Програму ООН із відновлення та розбудови миру за посиланням:
    http://www.ua.undp.org/content/ukraine/uk/home/recovery-and-peacebuilding.html


    Wednesday, 9th of October
    17:30 - Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:15 - Opening remarks by Garage48 Host Joao Rei 
    18:45 - 20:00 Presentation of ideas
    20:00 Team formation
    21:00- Team work begins

    Thursday, 10th of October
    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    13:45 - Product development
    14:00- 15:00- Expo Zone Meet and Greet
    18:00 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues
    19:00 - Dinner

    Friday, 11th of October
    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #3
    11:00 - Pitch drill session #1
    13:00 - Lunch
    14:00 - Pitch drill session #2
    17:00 - Coffee break with light meal/snacks
    17:30 - Final event & LIVE stream
    20:00 - Winners & networking

    The  Expo Area will remain open throughout the event. 
    The Meet and Greet will take place on the 2nd day from 2pm to 3pm.


    We'll start on Wednesday, 9th of October at 17:30 with opening the doors. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time. The time before the official opening is a great opportunity to get to know the crowd and to network. See the agenda for further information.


    WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU?

    Positive attitude, open-mind and lots of energy together with everything you need for a rapid product development. Please take your:

    • laptop
    • 3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance)
    • mobile phone
    • all chargers


    Optional:
    • photo camera to take and share photos
    •  sleeping bag, blankets, pillows if you plan to sleep at the venue
    • credit cards for domain registration
    • business cards (if you have any)


    PITCHING IDEAS

    Ideas are presented based on "elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. Event host and the audience can ask 1 to 3 short questions. You can prepare 1 (one) PDF slide to support your pitch. You should send the slide by Friday noon 12:00 PM

    (April 12th), to mari@garage48.org (Subject: name of your project).


    Consider following key points:

    • Briefly, describe your idea background (10 sec)
    • What is the name of the idea? (5 sec)
    • What's the idea all about? What is the problem your idea solves? Target user count and description (30 sec)
    • Technical solution and there is a revenue model (in case of non-profit idea, how the maintenance and further development costs will be covered) (30 sec)
    • Minimum viable product and plan for 48 hours. Who do you need in your team? (20 sec)

    NB! Practice your pitch to your friends or family before you present! 90 seconds goes really fast!


    FORMING TEAMS

    After pitching is over, we will put all the ideas on the wall. Every participant will choose their favourite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually, 14 to 20 best ideas will get enough interested people to get the "green light" for the implementation. The average team has about 5 to 7 people and the team should be "balanced" - covering all required roles like necessary engineers, designers, a project manager (team lead/visionary/field expert) and marketer in order to get the product/service ready in 48 hours! The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people. If some ideas get too few people or are not balanced (probably unable to build the service), the idea will be dumped. Those people should choose another idea/team.


    WORKING IN TEAMS

    After forming the teams, organisers will give a room/space for every team for the weekend. You should start by dividing roles, setting the product vision, customer journey and start working right away. It is very important that you have a project manager (team lead/field expert) on the team - one of his tasks is to keep the focus of the team, one eye on the clock and the other on the team progress. 48 hours is really short time.


    FOOD & DRINKS

    We provide full catering at the venue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on Thursday and Friday. There is also snacks/drinks/coffee available, so you can fully focus on your work.


    MENTORS

    We have arranged great mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. Some of them have great fieldwork experience, others are more technical. Be open and ask for their advice and contacts. They are there to help you!

    Please wear your name badge during the whole event, this will help to encourage networking. Otherwise, be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams.


    MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!


    FRIDAY DEMO PRESENTATIONS:

    • Friday afternoon at 14:00 pm is the deadline. Either you have your service ready or not, time will tell.
    • Each team will practice their demo together with mentors and jury members for 10 minutes to make the final adjustments and make a better presentation.
    • We do not allow any Powerpoint presentations for web services - we want a live demo of your product!
    • The final demo event starts at 5:30 PM
    • We will pick teams randomly. Every team gets 3 minutes for product demonstration (+1 minute for questions).
    • We admit, that the development process is the ultimate importance. But we still have a jury, to evaluate the results and choose the top projects.

    SLEEPING POSSIBILITIES AT THE VENUE

    Take your sleeping bag and/or blanket, pillow and you'll have a possibility to stay overnight in the venue. We will provide foldable beds, please indicate at the registration if you need a sleeping spot.

    If you have further questions, please see the Agenda tab above and FAQ below. If you don't find an answer there, then please write us at mari@garage48.org


    FAQ:


    1. What is Hack For Locals?

    It is an intensive hackathon where people pitch ideas, form teams and build prototypes or sometimes full product/service over the 48 hours.


    2. Who can participate?

    Registration is open to anyone:  teams and individuals.  Inspiring minds, designers, developers, community-builders and enthusiasts, business people and marketing folks, NGO and governmental institution representatives who face these problems on a daily basis - REGISTER NOW, share your ideas with us and get ready for the event of your life!

    http://bit.ly/hack4locals

    If you register for the hackathon event, then we expect you to be ready to work on the project also after the hackathon is over.


    PS. If you come as a team, each team member still has to register individually.


    3. I don't have my own team? Can I come?

    Sure, Garage48 is about networking, meeting new people, hacking, building new products/services and finding new friends. After pitching ideas on Friday evening, all participants will choose their favorite idea and form a team on-site. You should carefully review all pitched ideas, talk to the team members, negotiate, brainstorm and finally find the best matching project for yourself. Then join this team and start working on the project.


    4. How to submit and pitch an idea?

    We ask all participants to submit their ideas already when registering but also share your idea to our Facebook event

    before the event. This allows other participants to review their idea, ask questions and possibly to develop the idea further. In the hackathon event, there will be about 30-35 slots for ideas.


    5. How long is the pitch?

    On Friday night there are 90-second pitches for each idea, followed by 2-3 questions from audience/mentors. You can have one slide (PDF) to support your pitch.


    6. How are the ideas selected for the event?

    Afterward, when ideas are pitched, each participant will choose the idea that s/he wants to work on. Ideas that are able to gather a sufficient team around them will prevail. People who have chosen the ideas that are not able to gather the proper team will have to join other teams.


    7. How big is an ideal team?

    In our experience, the best teams have between 4 and 7 members. Each team should be self-sufficient by having all the main roles (business and product vision, design, programming, marketing, expertise in the subject of the hackathon) covered. The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people.


    8. If I present an idea at the event, can someone steal it?

    Of course :) Hackathon has many participants, including journalists, bloggers, and tweeters - your idea will not remain a secret. So, if you think you have a top-secret, patentable, Nobel-prize worthy idea, then don't present it in the hackathon ;). On the other hand, if you have an idea that has been sitting in your head for some time, waiting for the right time or right people to be put into practice, then this hackathon is a great place and environment for making it happen!


    9. Are 48 hours enough?

    Yes, and No. 48 hours is more than enough time to take an idea, build a working prototype, alpha or beta service and make it publicly available for users, potential customers. (Unless you are building a nuclear reactor, new drug, a spaceship or something similar, of course). However, to make your prototype, alpha or beta into a viable business, much more work after the event is needed. We encourage (and give preference in selection) to those participants, who show an interest and willingness to continue working on (successful and promising) ideas after the event!


    10. Is it a startup competition to get funding?

    Not really. The main idea of the event is to build a startup community, find new friends and meet people, build something cool in 48 hours. But it's not so much about winning the prize or getting financing. This hackathon is mostly an experience of building a new (working) project in 48 hours, meet and work with new people whom you probably would not meet otherwise.


    11. Can I buy a domain and set up hosting account before the event?

    Yes, you can do various preparations for your project unless you start designing or coding. We encourage you to think of the project name, business model, short-term and long-term plan, etc. But it's not allowed to do any coding work on the project before the event.


    12. What happens to the developed products and services after the event?

    The project built during hackathon events owned by the team who built it. So it's up to the teams to decide how do they take it forward. Some ideas are very likely to be developed into successful businesses, others struggle to find a feasible business model and fade away. Organizers are encouraging teams to continue developing the ideas and provide mentorship, but ultimately, the success or failure rests solely with the members of the team.


    13. Is the hackathon a continuous 48-hour marathon or can I sleep during the event, too?

    Sleep is for the weak. (Just kidding). While some teams pulled all-nighters at the last events, most successful teams did take time to get a full 7-8 hour sleep, come back in the morning refreshed and were fully productive during the day. We provide floor space in the venue in case you don't want to go home or to your hotel.


    14. What if I have registered for the hackathon event as a participant but can not come to the event?

    Please notify us by e-mail: (mari@garage48.org) as soon as possible about such changes. This way we can give your spot to someone else.


    15. What are the criteria for the jury to select a winning team?

    The jury gives points between 1 to 10 and evaluates the following: people and team, business potential, product, presentation.


    WHAT IS SAID

    #hackforlocals

    THE SUPERSTARS
    The Mentors

    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor

    Organizers

    Merit Vislapu
    Project Manager @Garage48