Why are we hacking homelessness?
The first in our series of social impact hackathons was held in September 2017 – and now it is time to double down. Almost 100 participants, mentors, and subject matter experts assembled to collaborate on new approaches to homelessness. They were led in their co-design by people with the lived experience of homelessness – and together nine solutions were pitched to a panel of judges.
We felt that a new approach was needed because NSW has the highest rates of homelessness in the country. A third of homeless resulting from domestic violence and relationship issues, a third resulting from accommodation issues and 22% resulting from financial difficulties.
Young people are disproportionately represented in these figures. And while we would like to solve homelessness for all, we have a particular focus on connecting young people with opportunity to help them create the future.
Who was involved?
Hackathons are a perfect vehicle to connect disparate groups including:
- Socially-aware businesses: Companies that understand the importance of a “social license to operate” can bring resources to support hackathon challenges, including expertise, data and financial support
- Governments and agencies: Deep understanding of the policy levers available can help participants create sustainable solutions
- Homeless people: We believe in the power of co-design and will actively engage homeless young people in the development of the hackathon
- Social, creative and tech entrepreneurs: We need to rethink the way that we tackle this challenge. This means tapping networks of those who are able to quickly imagine, create and prototype solutions to homelessness.