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This hackathon was enabled by LexisNexisUK and supported by Amazon Web Services. Over a 48-hour period, 40 hackers worked in five teams to tirelessly and creatively solve a crucial challenge with help from over 40 support staff. The event was kicked off
by our Hack the Change Lead, Amy Carton setting up the Hackers for a life changing weekend, not only for them, but for the LGBT* community worldwide.
Amy Carton presenting to the hackers
The challenge was to plug the technology gap for the Human Dignity Trust, a charity which focusses on decriminalising homosexuality globally; to accelerate their success rate
in defending LGBT* rights globally. Kapil Gupta & Richie Maitland (pictured below) from the Trust set out the full scope of the challenge for the hackers. LexisNexis UK flew in leading human rights activist Rosanna Flamer-Caldera of Equal Ground
for the event, to gain her insights from the real world challenges in Sri Lanka. Also recognising that it is crucial to have support from activists like this in order for any solution to get traction in the real world.
Richie Maitland and Kapil Gupta presenting the challenge
From 6pm on Friday to 6pm on Sunday, the hackers formed themselves into 5 teams and together ideated, refined, coded, tested and developed their solutions to this critical challenge. Armed with a mission, unlimited cloud services from AWS, unlimited legal
help from Hogan Lovells, Osborne Clarke and Freshfields, 48-hour support from The Human Dignity Trust and LexisNexis, the teams hacked and hacked and hacked. View some of the Twitter commentary here.
Capturing the weekend at Impact Hub Westminster
On Sunday evening, the teams each presented their solutions to the challenge. It was a frankly incredible effort and each solution is summarised below at a high level. The audience and the judges were blown away by the unique interpretations and solutions
to the challenge presented by each team.
The Freshfields web team presented a diverse team, consisting of lawyers and cod
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