To Help: Hack
In the spring of 2018 Gallus Events organised the first dedicated homeless hackathon in support of homeless organisations in Scotland. We felt we had to do something to support a city (like most large cities) struggling to support a desperate situation and a growing homeless community.
William flipped the classic design of a hackathon and included pitches from homelessness organisations. Fifty attendees came up with their own solutions and provided support to several Glasgow based homelessness organisations. Those solutions would help them better support the homeless community in Glasgow.
Following this successful event Gallus Events will run a series of Homeless Hackathons in 2020.
We return to Scotland with a homeless hackathon in Edinburgh and a homeless hackathon in Dundee.
We will also run a homeless hackathon in Barcelona and a homeless hackathon in London.
Homeless Hackathon Objectives
Helping To End Homelessness
Support organisations who help those experiencing homelessness
Create two new jobs as a route out of homelessness
Raise the profile of homelessness
Build a community
Create an environment for new ideas and approaches
Ideas being generated
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What is a Hackathon?
And how will our homeless hackathons help homeless communities
A hackathon is a format for an event which looks for practical solutions to problems.
It is more of a “doing things” type event, rather than a “talking about things” event.
A hackathon seeks to come up with immediate solutions to problems facing a particular group/organisation/community.
Traditionally, hackathons are specifically designed to attract programmers and coders to look at software based solutions.
Our homeless hackathons are slightly less traditional in that we are looking for all manner of solutions, not just software related.
If you are the type of person who likes to get stuck into a challenge and makes things happen then taking part in a hackathon will be an experience you will never forget.
We are looking to attract anyone with the ideas, time, skills and resources to dedicate to supporting organisations or to come together to work on their own solutions.
In particular we hope to attract:
|Tech & start up community||Charities & other organisations dedicated to ending homelessness||Policy makers|
|Journalists, press and PR||Past & present homeless community||Digital marketeers|
|Political & community activists||Programmers & coders||Event organisers|
|Social workers||Graphic designers||Anyone with ideas|
Run Your Own Homeless Hackathon
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Social Justice panel in Pittsburgh
Hackathon pitches in Los Angeles
Pitch practice in Los Angeles
Audience for pitches in Los Angeles
Gallus Events Will Run SEVERAL Homeless Hackathons in 2020
Get in touch to attend or support
Homeless Hackathon, Edinburgh
17/18/19 April 2020
Homeless Hackathon, Barcelona
10/11/12 July 2020
Homeless Hackathon, Chicago
18/19/20 September 2020
Homeless Hackathon, Dundee
9/10/11 October, 2020
Homeless Hackathon, London
6/7/8 November, 2020
Why I am organising homeless hackathons
Any why I need you to join me
“I work from home” How often have I said this since I moved to Barcelona.
Our small events company does its thing (mainly consultancy) from my home / office. Like many people who work from home I never quite realise how lucky I am. It’s the shortest commute known to man. I can juggle numerous household tasks while I download a big file or wait for my computer to restart. If I forget to take something to work, within five seconds we are reunited.
My home is where my heart is and also where my passion lives. Isn’t having a home / office a wonderful thing? I couldn’t imagine not working from home.
But just imagine for one moment that you lost not only your office, but your home.
Over the last few months the homelessness and rough sleeping situation across the globe has increased in the public consciousness. In February 2019 a rough sleeper died at the gates of the Palace of Westminster in London; the fourth person to die on the streets of London in the first six weeks of that year. Something has to change.
Something has to change.
But what can an event organiser based in his home office do about the homeless situation in our towns and cities across the globe? Not much.
What can anyone really do? It’s probably something you are asking yourself now. I’d like to help, but what can I do?
We just need a hundred people or so to donate their “not much”, in the form of their time and their particular skills, to make a real difference at any of our homeless hackathons in Barcelona, Dundee, Edinburgh and London.