Social Hackthon on Education in Warsaw

March 27 2012

6 social projects driven and supported by technology have been started during last weekend’s social hackathon in Warsaw. A community gathered around the Warsaw NetWtorek (NetSquared Local) event, and beyond that organized the previous sprint under the Random Hacks of Kindness brand decided to try narrowing down the interest area to education. Also, the event wa called diiferently, i.e. Spoleczne Hakowanie: Edukacja (Social Hacking: Education, SocHack:Edu), even though the event’s format didn’t really change. SocHack:Edu.

<--break->Projects and Awards

  1.  A mobile application and a quiz that would help navigate through the Warsaw Copernicus Science Centre exhibition
  2.  A geolocalization app for NGOs to map electro trash
  3.  An interactive game developed by kids and for kids as an encouragement for reading set books at school

-- these are only a few examples of what has been developed during the last 48 hours+ at the Warsaw University of Technology.


The main award that went to a project of a website which aggregates security in the Internet case studies and tips, covers a mentoring session and a promotion campaign funded by T-Mobile.

The second award -- technical support from BRAMA, the Warsaw Technical University Mobile Lab -- as well as the public award went to the geolocalization app project, to be further used by many non profit organizations.

A special recognition -- an invitation to participate in a few exclusive meeting for Open Source coders “Linux w Bramie” has been granted to a representation of a secondary school from Warsaw. An individual prize -- a Kindle Fire tablet, sponsored by Twilio -- was given to Robert Pogorzelski, a programmer who worked with two NGOs, and did an amazing job combing the social and tech perspective of the project his team was working on.


However, the awards were not the main highlight. What really mattered was that people (net)worked, shared experience and ideas, and that many community driven initiatives kicked off. All of the project teams have worked following the guidance and using the advice from a mentoring team that consisted of experts in education and technology. The mentoring team, that has been helping and supervising all teams, as well as the majority of the judges have been there for the participants for almost the entire hackathon. A Polish blogger, journalist and a specialist in new technologies, Edwin Bedyk, has called this specific atmosphere of working and coding for social purposes a “SocHack Spirit”. I am particularly proud of having promoted and encouraged it, and we are excited about people, non profit, and public institutions recognizing the potential of this form of a social work.

Learn More:

  1.     follow the #sochackedu hashtag
  2.     check out the Facebook SocHack fanpage, where all of the photos were posted
  3.     Visit the initative's website (Polish only)


Alicja Peszkowska

This post was first published on the NetSquared blog