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Glasgow to host Scotland’s first ‘Homeless Hackathon’

HRC Recruitment is sponsoring a Homeless Hackathon to take place in Glasgow across the weekend of 13–15 April. The event is designed to find practical ways of tackling the homeless situation in Scotland’s major cities.

The Homeless Hackathon will aim to be a spark for innovative solutions including apps, websites and other digital platforms and hopes to attract over 150 people from across the IT and digital community, creative industries and local and national government, as well as the charity sector.

Last year, analysis from Heriot-Watt University predicted that homelessness in Scotland will rise by more than 53% in the next 25 years. The report also said that there are currently 11,800 people across Scotland either sleeping rough, staying in hostels, or living in unsuitable temporary accommodation.

The Homeless Hackathon will include pitches from charity organisations, such as Simon Community and Streetwork, who are looking for support to create a Risk Assessment App to be used by their street teams.

Glasgow Homeless Network director, Margaret-Ann Brünjes, said: “If there are digital solutions that can ease people’s experience of homelessness in any way, then the Hackathon is the best opportunity to engage with the growing tech community in Scotland. We are delighted to add our support to a Hackathon that is designed to find practical solutions for organisations tackling homelessness in Scotland.” 

William Thomson of organisers Gallus Events added: “We hope that by matching organisations with those individuals who have a desire to help, we will start to develop and implement practical solutions to the homeless situation across Scotland. The funding available for the winners will put in place longer term support that will allow ideas to become reality.”

The Hackathon is looking to attract anyone with ideas, time, skills and resources to dedicate to supporting homeless charities, including event organisers and those in transformational roles.

More information can be found here.