#peacehack is International Alert’s initiative that brings together technologists, designers, developers and peace practitioners to create and realise solutions for ending violent conflict and building peace.

The peace-theme hackathons run for non-stop for 36 hours, with a judging panel then selecting a winning idea.

Last year the #peacehack series went global, with events running in cities around the world from Barcelona, Beirut and Colombo to London and Washington. These all generated some inspiring ideas for building peace in different urban settings – some of which are now in development. Read more here.

#peacehack is returning to London this September where the theme will be ‘countering hate speech’. Over two days, the hackathon will examine the real issues of Islamophobia faced by Muslims in the UK and beyond as part of International Alert’s European Youth Advocates Against Islamophobia project – which aims to train Muslim and non-Muslim young people on how to advocate against Islamophobia in schools at a regional and national level.

The 2016 #peacehack will specifically explore how technology can be used to help reduce Islamophobia and tackle online hate speech. Sign up below and join us at Google Campus London for a weekend of hacking against hate speech, from 30 September – 2 October.

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