Close the Gap challenges the participants of Hack in the Woods

Posted on Aug 2, 2019 8:27 AM by

For the sixth time, Microsoft Innovation Center organises Hack in the Woods, a Hackathon in the middle of nature. During this hackathon, teams of developers try to develop concrete and innovative solutions for challenges proposed by humanitarian organisations. This eco-responsible event will take place at Domaine De Graux in the Tournai region (Belgium), from 2 until 4 August.

Hack in the Woods is a four-day event where 250 developers try to come up with innovative solutions for 15 different projects proposed by humanitarian organisations such as Handicap International and Good Planet. Close the Gap is also one of the organisations that proposed a project to be solved. The project we proposed is trying to come up with a practical solution how we can follow and map the use and evolution of the computers with which we provide projects in Africa.

On Friday 2nd August, the developers started their quest to find original solutions for the proposed challenges. In the evening, they were treated to a free concert, effectively bathing the event in a real festival atmosphere. On Saturday, the second coding day was finished by a welcoming barbecue. On Sunday, the last coding day was marked by the meetings between project leaders and developers. There was also an innovation fair and at the end of the day the projects and solutions were presented to the audience. 

Two teams decided to work on Close the Gap's proposed challenge. One team was made up of BeCode students. BeCode is a project located in Belgium that Close the Gap has been supporting for a number of years with computer matierial. The other team were representatives from a company called Radionomy.

"Hack in the Woods is a great initiative where Close the Gap is one of the NGO’s that gets support from more than 250 hacker. It's a real SDG (partnering up for the SDGs) experience!". Didier Appels, Strategic Partnerships Director.