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* First-of-a-kind event will rally global tech community around a commongoal: creating technical solutions that help refugees find lost family
* Three weekend challenges in Cairo, Egypt; San Francisco, USA; andNairobi, Kenya
* Winners to be announced on World Refugee Day, 20 June
In order to raise awareness of the plight of refugees, and find new ways toreconnect refugee families in some of the most remote areas in the world,Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Refugees United will run a series of developercompetitions leading up to World Refugee Day, on 20 June 2013.
The number of forcibly displaced people around the world is measured now at43million. That is why it is urgent to reconnect families who have beenseparateddue to conflict, war, and disaster. So far over 200,000 refugees haveregisteredon the service, and the aim is to reach 1 million by the end of 2015.
The Global Hack for Good will galvanize the talent and skill of thedevelopercommunity toward a solution for separated families. The unique series of"hackathons" - a weekend-long marathon of developing applications on mobilenetworks - will be held on three continents, on three separate weekends,but allare working toward the same goal of making re-connection easier.
For example, refugees may be reluctant to share data, or they facechallengessuch as illiteracy and lack of internet connectivity. Developers might findwaysto make the platform more accessible from low-cost mobile phones, changeinterfaces or modify the built-in messaging application that allowsrefugees toexchanges messages without additional costs.
The first hackathon will be in Cairo, Egypt, on 31 May-1 June. Then, a newbatch of developers will gather in San Francisco, USA, on 7-8 June, and thethird part of the Global Hack for Good will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on15-16June.
Christopher Mikkelsen, co-founder of Refugees United, says: "Everyone hastheright to know where their family is. To separated refugee families, thisformany years seemed impossible. Today, we're at a tipping point wheretechnologycan help them reconnect. Now it's up to us to act and help."
Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President of Sustainability and CorporateResponsibility, Ericsson, said: "We have a long-term commitment to therefugeecause, and have been working with Refugees United since 2010 to create amobileplatform for refugees to reconnect with family and loved ones. We now wanttoharness some of the new innovation and technology of the developercommunitywith this Global Hack for Good, in order to scale and amplify the greatworkthat is already underway.
"Increasingly we see developers wanting to apply their skills for a goodcause -this is a true example of Technology for Good, and we hope to see theworld'smost talented developers create new ideas to serve more separatedfamilies," shesaid.
The jury, including experts from both Ericsson and Refugees United, willselecttwo finalists at each location. On World Refugee Day, June 20, 2013, awinnerfrom each location will be announced. The three winners receive a trip toKenyaand will be invited to test their prototypes in the Kakuma refugee camp inlate2013.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Invitations and location information: Global Hack for Good
Hack for Good - Cairo
Hack for Good - San Francisco
Hack for Good - Nairobi
Refugees United - Bahati's story (video)
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