Six Scottish charities are set to benefit from the expertise of Scotland’s booming technology and start-up sector this weekend in a first-of-its-kind ‘hackathon’.
Breast Cancer Now, Carnegie UK Trust, Visibility, Carers Trust, Drake Music Scotland and CVS Inverclyde will benefit from a digital workshop dubbed ‘Charity Hack Scotland’ to be held at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh between September 18 and 20.
According to organisers at the Association of Chief Voluntary Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO), they will each receive help with their ‘digital conundrums’ from some of the most talented developers in Scotland, such as Rob Dobson of Actix, after applying for support with technological issues.
The delegates will spend the weekend working on their challenges with support from local technology and charity experts and, on Sunday evening, will present their solutions to a panel of judges in a five-minute Dragon’s Den-style pitch. Prizes will be awarded to the most innovative team.
The event, which is supported by The Big Lottery Fund, is being promoted by Edinburgh technology firms Mallzee and Social Stampede.
Mallzee COO Callum Stuart said: “This is a great opportunity for two completely separate industries within the Scottish ecosystem, who might otherwise never meet, to come together and cross pollinate ideas, look at problems differently and inspire innovation in the third sector. It’ll be a great weekend, with lots of potential to seed change.”
Pat Armstrong, chief executive of ACOSVO, said: “The opportunities that technology offer are almost limitless, but in the third sector we’re often too busy to investigate the options fully and really make the most of what’s out there.
“This weekend will be a fascinating opportunity to see the real, concrete benefits of collaboration and how working together across different areas of expertise can bring us results that we’d never see otherwise. We hope that the solutions offered will enable organisation to find new ways to expand their capacity and reach to support people and communities across Scotland.”