#HackTheChange

#HackTheChange

In mid-November, LexisNexis enabled a world first hackathon – Hack the Change. For a detailed review of the weekend and the output of the hackathon, please read this article. At the event, we were lucky to have a leading junior reporter on the scene. At aged twelve, Harvey is one of the youngest hackathon attendees ever. This is his report…

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#HackTheChange was an event where hackers gathered to create a solution that would enable members of the LGBT* community who suffer abuse to document and report what happened. It was held over the weekend of 11, 12 and 13th of November at the New Zealand House in London. 35 hackers attended the event and it was organised by LexisNexis.

57% of the world’s population lives outside the shelter of the law – in other words, four billion people struggle for basic human rights on a daily basis. And this needs to change. Hack the Change is the vehicle to do this by joining together the tech and legal worlds over a weekend to create a tech solution to a legal problem.

At this hackathon, LNUK hosted a host of companies such as AWS, Hogan Lovells, Freshfields and Osborne Clarke to support the Human Dignity Trust in accelerating their aim to decriminalize homosexuality globally.  Further information on all of these amazing collaborators is provided at the bottom of this report.

Before the hackers started their projects, they were given a variety of presentations from the Human Dignity Trust and Equal Ground to provide them with all of the information they need to have in mind while developing their software. It included types of persecution and how change is possible. And they also got a “Hack Pack” containing all of the tools they would need to aid their solution, such as relevant legal cases.  And then they announced the challenge itself which was: “Develop a tool to connect Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) people w

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