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#PeaceHack2016: The first #peacehack hackathon in the Philippines

International Alert Philippines and Smart Communications, Inc. invite all developers, programmers, and tech enthusiasts to join the first #peacehack in the Philippines, and step up to the challenge of creating a functional and interactive prototype! Build either a mobile or web application that can help the general public and/or peace builders understand conflict, and win up to P50,000 in prizes!

The theme for this year’s hackathon is P.E.A.C.E.: Perceive, Engage, Alert, Communicate and Educate. These are actions essential in building peace, and this is why International Alert challenges developers to create apps under this theme. Apps may serve any purpose, whether it’s for dissemination, mitigation, or education.


The 2-day hackathon is happening on September 24 and 25, 2016, in A Space Manila, 110 Legazpi Street, Makati City, Metro Manila. The fun begins on September 24 (Saturday) at 9:00 AM, and ends on September 25 (Sunday) at 8:00 PM.


First prize:         P50,000
Second prize:    P30,000
Third prize:        P20,000

Plus goodies from Smart Communications, Inc.!


Registration and team size

Join as an individual, or form a group of up to three members, and register for free through the Eventbrite page.

Event day mechanics

Participants will have two days to develop an app. They can stay overnight in the venue, and bring their own sleeping bags and extra clothes. Alternately, they can also go home and return the following day at 8:00 AM.

The event will start at 9:00 AM on September 24.


All participants should bring their own equipment, including computers, chargers, and tools needed to build their app. It is also highly recommended that they bring their own extension cords, tumblers/water bottles, and pens/papers. A Space will provide power sockets and internet connectivity.

Platform, technology stacks, and API

Outputs can either be mobile or web apps. Participants are also free to use any programming language. If an app will use an API, it should be publicly available for at least a month, or if it is a private API, it should have been developed during the event.

Pre-judging (Only when there are 20+ teams presenting)

Before the selection of the final presenters, the judges will pre-select the top apps. They will go around and test each team’s entry. A strict time limit of five (5) minutes per table will be allotted. The judges will then deliberate and announce the finalists who will present on stage. From there, the winners of the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st prize will be selected.

Stage presentations and app demos

Finalists will demo their app on stage for the judges and other participants to see. It is also important to explain how each app is relevant to the theme. Provide a clear walkthrough of each app. An additional two (2) minutes will be allotted for the Q&A portion with the judges.

Judging criteria

Qualifying criteria: Does it conform to the theme?

40%     Relevance          Applicability to peacebuilding initiatives
40%     Engineering      Code quality, design, user experience, API/frameworks/stack used
20%     Sustainability    Impact and viability


A code review will be done in the event of a tie. Judges will audit each team’s source code, with the help of a developer appointed by the judges. The tie will be broken based on the quality of the code.

Intellectual property rights

All teams retain full ownership of their own apps.


What’s with the theme?

We thought of this theme because we want the developers to think broadly and creative about the range of functions of their apps. Because understanding violent conflict can be done in so many ways, the theme allows participants to think of the different purposes of the app they will create. (But no disaster / flood warning apps please, since that’s not part of what International Alert does.)

What does International Alert work on?

We’ll talk a little bit more about what we do in the event, but to summarize, we understand conflict, and build peace!

1. We have a conflict monitoring website called Conflict Alert.
2. We also study the connection between the shadow economies (drugs, illicit firearms, kidnap-for-ransom, informal land markets, and cross-border trade) and violent conflict.
3. We also study the different kinds of horizontal conflict (violent conflict between clans, ethnic groups, rival insurgents, political parties and private armed groups, or authorities fighting for control over land, natural resources, elective and non-elective positions, including government resources). We also study common crime as a type of violent conflict.
4. We support the peace talks through galvanizing support within our networks, and we build communities that are resilient to discrimination and extreme ideology.
5. We work with businesses in ensuring that businesses do not incite violence in areas they operate in.

Who can participate?

Anyone creative and knows how to code and develop an app is free to participate.
What will be provided by the organizers during the event?
Internet access, power outlets, and food and drinks will be provided.

What should I bring for the event?

Laptops, chargers, extension cords, tools for app development, sleeping bags, extra clothes, tumblers, and extra broadband dongles.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing!

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have further questions, please email

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 9:00 PM (PHT)

Where: A SPACE Philippines – 110 Legazpi Street, Makati, NCR 1229, Philippines

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