The Homeless Hack Day initiative started in June 2012, when an initial hack day was held to address issues of digital inclusion amongst homeless people, and help charities work better with homeless people through technology.
On the 16th June 2012, developers, designers, user interface experts and other innovators came together with staff from homeless charities and homeless people themselves; together they worked on projects that could improve both the lives of homeless people and the services delivered by homelessness charities. Six fantastic projects emerged from the day, and you can read more about them on their project pages: Everyone In; Homeless Link API; Life Map; SMS Service App; Social Capital; Text Donation.
This website is now home to these projects as they develop further, and offers a space for them to update us all on their progress, tell us what they need to move on to the next stage and work together as a team. We’ll be hosting a follow-up event later in 2012, and will be inviting all the teams back to catch up and look at what can be done next.
If you’re interested in coming to a future event, or want to keep up to date with the initiative, you can join our mailing list here.
The initiative began after Irene McWilliams’ presentation at TeaCamp on the 2nd February 2012. With the increased availability of mobile technology and Westminster City Council’s Metro Wireless project providing free wifi on the streets of Westminster – an opportunity was identified within the Westminster Digital Inclusion Framework, to engage homeless people through digital technology. After that first TeaCamp meeting, a group of people joined together to make the very first Homeless Hack Day happen. Meet them here.