Homelessness hackathon

Homelessness hackathon

The 2019 Homelessness Hackathon

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What’s happening?

 

FutureGov, Housing 2019 and Inside Housing would like to invite you to take part in an event designed to find innovative ways to end homelessness.

 

Homelessness currently stands at a horrifying level in the UK. Over 4,600 people sleep rough every night according to the last official count and tens of thousands of people live in temporary accommodation. Almost 600 homeless people died in 2017, at an average age of less than 45. The number of deaths has risen by 24% over the last five years.

 

These figures are clearly unacceptable and we must take action. While government involvement, such as supporting the building of new social housing, is clearly vital, everyone has a role to play. The Homelessness Reduction Act has placed new responsibilities on councils to support homeless people across the UK, but there’s more that needs to be done.

 

We must make a change. Let’s work together to build solutions to support people to prevent them from becoming homeless. We need new thinking, new ideas and your help.

What will it involve?

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Housing 2019, Europe’s largest housing festival and the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual event, presents a unique opportunity to bring together housing experts and address a problem affecting every locality and housing provider. Homelessness is a pressing issue that requires coordinated partnership to support people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

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On the opening day of Housing 2019, we invite hack participants to collaborate and design new solutions contribute to ending homelessness.

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Participants with a wide range of life and professional experience will collaborate in teams to come up with innovative suggestions and solutions. Ideas will be filmed and played to the event audience, shared with the Inside Housing readership on Wednesday 26 June and the winning idea will be announced at The Fringe on Thursday 27 June.

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The event will take place inside a purpose-built space. Around the room we’ll showcase inspiration from great work done to date from the UK and abroad, providing a constant reminder that the ultimate purpose is to create ideas that will effect real, lasting change.

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Hack attendees will learn new tools and experience new ways of working to create shareable and reusable content and assets. Experienced facilitators will encourage cross-sector collaboration, guide attendees to build tangible ideas that we can all use in the immediate future and help you develop valuable new skills that will help us innovate and create change across the sector.

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As a conference delegate, you can take part in a variety of ways:

  • join us for the whole day or a 2-hour session
  • drop-in to a lightning talk
  • answer questions posed by the hack teams
  • contribute your own ideas for change through video blog or writing
  • contribute to a living wall of ideas
  • vote on other ideas that you think will have the biggest national impact

What happens afterwards?

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At the end of the hackathon we’ll have produced shareable and reusable content and assets that attendees and wider stakeholders can use to support people who are facing or threatened with homelessness.

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Following the conference, no ideas will be lost. Everything built on the day will be pulled together into an online resource for practitioners, policy makers and anyone in the sector to consult, use and iterate on to help bring homelessness to an end.

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Ideas and solutions will be made public and shown across the county to spread awareness about homelessness. The winning entry will also be passed to government officials, regional mayors and homelessness practitioners to feed new thinking into the system.

To register your interest please email lucy.leech@oceanmedia.co.uk and if you are able to sponsor please email sarah.payling@oceanmedia.co.uk.

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