Hack4SocialGood 2023: Challenges wanted

The Bern University of Applied Sciences, together with the ZHAW, the FHNW, the Hes-So and the Otto Wirz Foundation, is organising the Hackathon “Hack4SocialGood”. For this, social organisations are being sought that have a concern in the area of digitalisation. The teams of hackers at Hack4SocialGood will develop solutions for this.

The social sector has specific concerns regarding digitalisation. These include data analysis and the development of software and online tools. Sometimes these concerns go unheard or lack the financial means to implement them. At the same time, there are actors who have technical know-how and resources and could benefit from working with the social sector – be it in the form of experience for their CV, networking or for recruiting and developing long-term projects.

Challenges wanted!

At the two-day Hack4SocialGood, we bridge the gap between the tech and social sectors by forming small interdisciplinary teams to work on challenges from social organisations. We are looking for challenges! We are looking for social organisations that have a concern in the field of digitalisation, formulate it in a task – a so-called challenge – and provide the participants in the event with the relevant resources, such as information or data, to work on it.

What is the outcome?

A hackathon is about both the process and the product. The interdisciplinary teams work on draft solutions for real problems of social organisations. The website of the first implementation gives a good insight into the prototypes created at the first Hack4SocialGood. These include, for example, a digital case management tool for migrants, in which resource profiles can be created and the achievement of individual integration goals can be supported.

Who are we looking for?

To make Hack4SocialGood a success, we need the participation of different organisations that want to contribute to a social digital society.

  • We are looking for social organisations that have a concern in the area of digitalisation, formulate it in a task – a so-called challenge – and make the relevant resources – such as information or data – available to the participants at the event to work on it we are looking for social organisations that have a concern in the field of digitalisation, formulate it in a challenge and provide the relevant resources – such as information or data – to the participants of the event.
  • We need partner organisations that maintain networks with technical specialists or social workers and help recruit participants.
  • We are looking for people or organisations who have expertise in data handling or software development. Values of the Hack.

Cooperation partner

Contact and further information

Prof. Dr. Debra Hevenstone BFH Institute for Social Security and Social Policy +41 31 848 36 89 debra.hevenstone@bfh.ch Prof. Dr. David Lätsch ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences +41 58 934 85 21 laet@zhaw.ch Maria Sokhn HES-SO, Haute école de gestion ARC +41 78 908 24 29 maria.sokhn@he-arc.ch Joshua Weber, MA School of Social Work FHNW +41 62 957 28 24

AUTOR/AUTORIN: Debra Hevenstone

Prof. Dr. Debra Hevenstone is a lecturer at BFH Social Work and conducts research on social welfare financing, social insurance design, and labor market policy, among other topics.

PDF erstellen

Related Posts

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *