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ÅF and Engineers Without Borders in collaboration

In December ÅF will be hosting the open source event Coding for Humanity in Malmö, Sweden.

Just as technology and IT opens up for great possibilities in our daily life, it can be used to help solve many of the challenges we face in the strive for a better tomorrow. Therefore, during a weekend in December, ÅF will be hosting the event that truly represents our strive to make a better future, OpenHack - Coding for Humanity.

The event will be held at the ÅF office in Malmö, Sweden, and it is around a hundred passionate engineers who has volunteered to participate in the 48 hour hackathon, where the challenge is to solve real humanitarian and social challenges.

"We are very happy about the partnership with OpenHack and we are looking forward to seeing all the ideas that the hackathon teams will come up with during the weekend in Malmö. Technology division at ÅF develops digital concepts and solutions connecting our strong competence areas within IT, embedded systems and digitalization closer to the infrastructure-, energy- and industry business. Coding for humanitarian challenges is even more important and fully in line with ÅF’s sustainability strategy." - Gabriela Larson, Market Area Manager för IT Solutions South, ÅF.

The purpose behind OpenHack is to show people interested in programming how they can help make a difference on both a local and global level with Open Source development as a main toolkit. The idea is to build a community around the common goal of how to build and leverage Open Source solutions that make an impact for the humanitarian evolution of our planet.

More about OpenHack

Since OpenHack was first founded in 2015 they have organized four humanitarian hackathons, each with over 100 registered participants from all over Sweden and the Nordics. They have received and helped address more than 25 humanitarian and social challenges, with at least one concept solution presented for each challenge.

Participating in OpenHack is open to anyone regardless of age, profession, skillset etc. The challenges for each hackathon is selected based on subject relevance, social impact, technical depth and the credibility of the case contributor.

Some of OpenHacks case contributors: SIDA, UNHCR, Unicef, Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, ActionAid.

Read more on OpenHack's website

OpenHack - Coding For Humanity on Youtube

For more information, please contact Anna Grane, recruiter for IT Solutions South.