The winners of the recent Humanitarian Crisis Hackathon are set to develop a solution that will ensure aid parcels are delivered to the front line of Ukraine. The application will then be further developed and rolled out to support other crisis zones.
Presidium Network, the UK non-profit organisation, worked with Hays, the world’s leading specialist in workforce solutions and recruitment, to create the Humanitarian Crisis Hackathon, which was hosted on Hays and Showcode’s CodeCo platform.
The hackathon was created after Presidium Network recognised the need to create a more efficient way of connecting key stakeholders involved in aid parcel logistics. The challenge was driven and launched to help the people of Ukraine.
The hackathon received several high-quality submissions, with two teams ultimately winning the competition. Although the winning teams submitted separate solutions that tackled different issues, together they will deliver an ideal solution that will help to create a humanitarian app that will help save lives.
Team PresiDev created the Presidium Platform, an innovative web platform for the Presidium Network to efficiently manage supplies for end users, operational hubs, donors, suppliers, and delivery teams in areas of conflict. While Team Aid Parcel’s winning solution is a platform consisting of three applications, a mobile application for donors; a mobile application for delivery drivers and operational hub workers; and a web application to administer the other two applications.
Both teams will now work together and with Presidium Network to continue building the solution to get it rolled out onto the front line, where it will make an immediate positive impact. The winners will also be supported in their personal development, with increased opportunities for them to assist in their career development.
Dominik Byrne, Chief Executive Officer of Presidium Network said: “The Humanitarian Crisis Hackathon gave us the ability to put all our hard work and research into reality and develop an app that will truly save lives globally. NGOs and Charities often can’t develop technology due to the cost and funding restraints, this hackathon allowed us the chance to do that. We can now build on and further develop these two amazing prototypes to create the world’s first transparent humanitarian logistics app to help deliver aid more efficiently.
“The impact will be huge, as it means we can deploy our technology in any warehouses, organisations, and hospitals, to make sure that the right aid gets to those most in need and quickly. This will allow us to save more lives and give those in the crisis zone the ability to operate efficiently and safely. Also giving clear transparent data to donors so they can see what actual aid is needed and the true impact of their donation.”
James Milligan, Global Head of Technology Solutions at Hays, said: “We have received great feedback from all those involved in the hackathon, and we are grateful to all the submissions, we saw some fantastic work from hard-working developers. I’m proud to have been involved with something that has the potential to positively impact so many lives and make a real difference in crisis zones across the globe.
“Hays and Presidium Network were introduced through the annual Super Connect for Good competition and were integral in helping to create the partnership.”
Kosta Mavroulakis, founder and CEO of Empact Ventures, said: “The involvement of Presidium Network in the Impact Challenge in the global Super Connect for Good 2022 competition, co-designed by Hays and Empact Ventures, led to the new collaboration with CodeCo.
“For the upcoming 2023 edition, I’m pleased to say that CodeCo will partner on the new Mental Health and Wellbeing category as the global Tech for Good initiative expands into Asia, in addition to the UK, Ireland, EMEA, Australia and New Zealand. We’re looking forward to seeing what else our partnership can bring this year.”