The City Changer Hack Day workshops are expanding within Latin America.
The Hack Day is a youth contest during which, for 36 hours, participants design and implement a functional application for mobile phones and tablets with a social and urban focus. The winning team receives a 2000$ price and the possibility to convert their application in a commercial product within a 9 months period. At the end of this period of innovation, another business step starts in order to create a start-up, or technology compagny with a social impact.
After a first experience in Mexico City, the last weekend of April, another Hack Day was organized in Monterrey, Mexico. In this edition, under the theme of « Rethink the Public Space», 100 people got involved, between the participants, the staff, the jury, the sponsors, the organizers and the partners. 9 prototypes were developed. The goal was to create an application that would « improve the public space life, with shared visions, concretes projects and binding actions from active citizens, an open government and a responsible society ».
The urban context here was the Barrio Antiguo (Old City) of the City. It was established during the 16th century and went through some ups and downs over time. Originally dynamic from a commercial and cultural standpoint, it was reduced to a nightlife focus and is currently known to be an unsafe area where 52 families live. This situation though already started to change.
The next City Changer Hack Day will take place in San Salvador, on May 25th & 26th, under the theme «Youth for Sustainable Financing».
More info: http://www.onuhabitat.org.