Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Hack for Humanity

Hack for Humanity is a humanitarian themed hackathon that brings together students from across Brown University and other Rhode Island universities to learn about the most pressing needs in the humanitarian sphere and develop creative ideas for innovative programs or technologies that could help improve the lives of disaster and conflict affected communities around the world.

On March 17-18, 2018, the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative hosted the first annual Hack for Humanity. Over the course of the weekend, 75 undergraduate and graduate students from Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Naval War College formed into 17 teams to address five cross-cutting challenges within the context of the Rohingya refugee crisis. Drawing upon the interdisciplinary diversity represented among participants, teams developed creative ideas for innovative programs, policies, and technologies that aimed to improve the lives of the disaster and conflict-affected Rohingya community. To read more about the hackathon check out the Hack for Humanity 2018 Summary Report