Hack Karachi

Saturday, 5th March 2016 | 11:ooam – 7:00pm

Address issues affecting Karachi society using technology. Developers, Designers and Ideas welcome!

HackManchester is delighted to announce Karachi’s civic hackathon: Hack Karachi 2016! Hack Karachi’s goal is to get Karachiites together to think creatively to address issues in Karachi’s society using the power of design and technology.

The event will be focused around researching, collaborating in a team to determine solutions for various problems, rather than prototyping products. Alongside your team, a product mentor will be available to help develop your ideas into solutions. At the end of the day, you’ll pitch your idea to a panel of judges and receive feedback, especially on what ideas to carry forward or improve upon.

Lunch and tea breaks are included throughout the day.

Book your free place via Eventbrite: bit.ly/24p9gPk 

This event is organised by the British Council, HackManchester, Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab), T2F, and Code for Pakistan.

This event will join CodeAcross, a weekend of civic hacking events around the world that coincide with International Open Data Day (http://opendataday.org/).

» Agenda/Timeline
• 11:00 – Doors open and registration
• 11:30 – Introduction presentations, agenda for the day, and explanation of the goals/judging criteria
• 12:00 – Ideas put up on the wall
• 12:15 – Lunch
Over lunch, please pin your name to an idea. This is an opportunity to ask people for more information on their ideas
• 13:00 – Forming teams
• 15:00 – Mentors arrive and 30 mins are given with each team.
• 16:00 – Tea break
• 17:30 – Pitches to the judges and feedback given
• 19:00 – Close

» About the British Council Pakistan

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. We have been working in Pakistan since 1948 through our Arts, English, and Education and Society programmes from our offices in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.pk. You can also keep in touch with the British Council in Pakistan through http://twitter.com/pkbritish and www.facebook.com/britishcouncil.pakistan

» About Manchester Digital Laboratory

Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a grassroots innovation organisation, based in Manchester UK. Our primary areas of focus are science and technology; arts and culture.

We support a diverse range of communities and activities – from monthly meetups and courses through to public experimentation with new & emerging technologies, and collaborating with others to deliver new, interesting and exciting projects. One of which is the Arts+Tech practice accelerator, inviting artists working with digital making technologies to develop their ideas with backing of £10,000, free deskspace and support from world-class mentors.

For more information, visit the MadLab website: http://madlab.org.uk/

» About HackManchester

HackManchester is a Community Interest Company, running a series of coding competition in the heart of Manchester. Founded in 2011, we have grown from an annual over 18’s event, to run an annual under 18’s event with Hive Manchester, Half Term Youth Hacks, Code Retreats and a Game Jam.

Teams of up to 4 talented developers, designers and those with great ideas turn up, pick a challenge and have just 24 hours to produce something to wow our judges. We aim to showcase the North as somewhere with a diverse and exciting technology scene, and with students attending from nearby Universities we can also introduce North West businesses to our future talent. We have a video explaining here http://vimeo.com/35322798.

We’re proud to hold our main events as part of the Manchester Science Festival which is an annual event held during October half term.http://hackmanchester.com/

» About Code for Pakistan

Code for Pakistan is a technology-focused non-profit building a non-partisan civic innovation ecosystem to improve quality of life across Pakistan. Through the creation of open source technology to address civic needs, we aim to transform civic life by increasing civic engagement, encouraging the opening of government data, and supporting innovation in the public domain.

Code for Pakistan was founded by Sheba Najmi in 2013. Since then, Code for Pakistan has run 4 Civic Hackathons and an Apps Challenge, including Pakistan’s first Civic Hackathon at T2F in Karachi, in April 2013. Code for Pakistan runs the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program in Peshawar along with the KP Govt and The World Bank, and its Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab runs a number of civic hacking initiatives. 

For more information, visit the Code for Pakistan website: http://codeforpakistan.org/, and on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CodeforPKand Twitter: http://twitter.com/CodeforPakistan.

12744377_10154042206038619_8832586576003061404_nWhen: Saturday, 5th March 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 11am – 7PM

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