Africa-focused US accelerator tiphub is to host the Diaspora Day of Civic Hacking across four cities in the US and Africa, with participants to hack solutions to technical challenges faced by selected organisations.
Events are to be held in Nairobi, Accra, Atlanta and Washington D.C. on February 7, bringing together techies and community leaders to brainstorm and build solutions to the selected community change organisations, namely, Asante Africa Foundation, Afrika Tikkun, The Peace Corps, BudgIT, The Dream Defenders, and the United Negro College Fund.
Attendees will form teams for the one day event to prototype solutions to problems identified by the featured organisations.
At the end of the day, the solutions created will be provided to the organisations for review, as well as being uploaded to an open source portal where visitors can access the hacks for use in communities across the world.
“The globalization of technology has enabled us to intermingle new notions with traditional structures for real-world impact,” said tiphub co-founder and marketing director Amanda Spann.
“tiphub is delighted to spark a trans-atlantic conversation and facilitate the transmission of ground-breaking ideas through cross-continent collaboration.”
The events are open to the public by registration online.
The Nairobi event will be held at iLab; in Accra teams will gather at HubAccra; Atlanta’s Opportunity Hub will host an event; while in Washington D.C. the event will take place at DC Hive.