Manchester Digital #homelesshack

Time: 10.00-17.00

Venue: Valtech UK, Basil Chambers, 65 High Street, Manchester, M4 1FS

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Manchester Digital and Valtech are organising a 2 day hack event to tackle the increasing issue of homelessness in Manchester. #homelesshack aims to engage the NorthWest digital community in helping to reduce the specific problems in Manchester.

Why attend this event?
Rough sleeping in Greater Manchester has shot up a massive 41% in the last year, figures from January 2017 revealed. Numbers have now quadrupled since 2010, rising steadily each year. As homelessness is a key issue for the community in Manchester, the City Council has promised to address homelessness in the area. During Mayor Andy Burnam's campaign, he promised to end rough sleeping once and for all in Greater Manchester by 2020. Frontline homelessness services have received funding and support from the Greater Manchester Mayor's Homelessness Fund through the Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network.

The aim of this hack is to give designers and developers a chance to contribute to the important work that’s already happening in Manchester, through the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund and the Action Groups and programmes underway from organisations such as Street Support, Albert Kennedy Trust and Not Just Soup.

Attendees will have the chance to work across a range of challenges with researchers, policy teams, subject matter experts and open data specialists to explore ways to help. Teams can be self-organising or pre-registered, so whether you’re a lone coder or part of a team, you’re welcome to join. You will present your concept or prototype at the end of the hack and a team of judges will pick the best.

How it will work?
Experts from charities, local business and local authorities will come together with service designers, policy professionals, data analysts, developers, researchers and people with lived experience to see if we can create some useful things to help.

Please note that attendees must provide their own laptop. 

Please click here for more information and registration.