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WaterHackathon Asks: What's your problem?

Updated - Wednesday 05 October 2011

New ideas, better open data and innovative instruments are needed to respond to the world’s water challenges. In search of just that, the World Bank and its partners are joining forces in order to seed a new community of software developers, designers and water experts interested in co-creating new solutions to water-related problems. A global Hackaton event will take place simultaneously from October 21 - 23 at multiple sites, including: Bangalore, Cairo, Kampala, London, Nairobi, Tel Aviv and Washington D.C.

A hackathon event is an intensive marathon of brainstorming and programming, where software developers and designers collaborate to create new tools for solving a set of problems. WaterHackathon is a hackathon dedicated to solving water problems facing developing countries, such as:

  • access to  safe drinking water and adequate sanitation
  • flooding and drought (i.e., climate change issues)
  • irrigation and watershed management
  • environmental pollution

The two-day marathon hacking event will take place on October 21 – 23, 2011, with multiple global locations bringing together software developers, designers and water experts to solve – “hack” – real-world water problems.


Source: WASH Advocacy Initiative Newsletter, September  2011

Tags: information and communication, technology, water supply


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