Peace by Tech

Bridging the Knowledge Gaps across Sectors

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By positioning itself at the intersection of public, corporate, academic, and governmental sectors, The Hague Hacks strives to remove collaborative obstacles and bridge existing knowledge gaps with human rights activism.

Connecting worlds

Grass-roots are embedded into our process

As a project of The Hague Peace Projects, we belong to an extensive, grassroots network of human rights defenders, diaspora members, community leaders, and peace activists. We integrate grass-roots knowledge and human rights problem-owners into a cross-sector idea-creation, design, and development process to produce reactive and proactive human rights solutions and peace-building projects.

Design for Activism

Design for Activism is a new and innovative program to create sustainable cooperation between the sectors of Human Rights, Technology, Academia, and Government in order to research and develop effective (technology) solutions to global human rights challenges. To develop this program, we have partnered with Stanford University and Border Sessions to build a decentralized collaboration between sectors that goes beyond facilitating program sustainability through the sharing of resources.

We argue that this plurality of perspectives enriches the problem-solving process and leads to innovative new tech ideas for human rights advocacy. We believe that these connections produce innovative ideas that would never have occurred outside of our ideation sessions, and that is why it is our goal to be that bridge between the worlds of human rights and technology.

Idea Creation

The Hague Hacks Festival

The Hague Hacks Festival is our main ideation (idea creation) event of the year. We create a trans-disciplinary exchange where human rights defenders share their experiences and unpack human rights violations in their communities. At the Festival, we bring together expertise from diverse sectors with the goal of capitalizing on cross-sector expertise to output effective and plausible tech solutions to real human rights issues.

Latest News & Events

The Hague Innovators Challenge 2020

Apply Now for the Innovators Challenge 2020! DO YOU HAVE AN INNOVATIVE IDEA THAT SOLVES A GLOBAL CHALLENGE? JOIN THE HAGUE INNOVATORS CHALLENGE FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE BETWEEN € 2.500 AND € 25.000. The world is becoming more complex and societal issues are...

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Nextview Event: From personal stories to concept-prototype

Early Warning System Concept-prototype“I’ve never done it before. So I think I can do it.” – Pippi Longstocking By Nina Nout   We held our Nextview Event on June 19 surrounded by inspirational quotes in the beautiful workshop space of the Nextview Design Centre...

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Movies That Matter 2019

Movies that Move you! The Hague Hacks, in partnership with Movies that Matter and Border Sessions, is excited to invite you to our Ideation Session on March 25th, at 15.30, at The Filmhuis in The Hague. Film is a powerful tool against social indiference. In the...

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What is AI?

Should AI be allowed to make moral decisions?An essential step towards building a secure and successful artificial intelligence industry is defining what ethical artificial intelligence means for people developing technology and people using it. Artificial...

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Digital Surveillance

Who is watching me?Digital technology has negatively impacted human rights through the use of digitally facilitated repression. Authoritarian regimes are using digital surveillance against human rights defenders in various ways such as censoring expression, blocking...

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What is Big Data?

Should we be weary of Big Data?Big Data: noun COMPUTING extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions. “Much IT investment is going towards managing...

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Festivals and Events

Every December, our main idea-creation event of the year connects grass-roots knowledge with industry, municipal, and academic expertise. By bringing this experience and expertise together, and organizing and facilitating collaborations with Startups, Scaleups, and NGOs, The Hague Hacks hopes to stimulate new partnerships and opportunities, and promote the development and use of current and emerging technologies for the propagation of peace and justice.

At a Border Sessions Lab you dive into a specific topic or theme together with a diverse group of designers, hackers, students, entrepreneurs, artists, innovation managers, activists, citizens, and scientists. It is an opportunity to tinker, think, and build together towards a clear mission and goal. Join one of the labs, meet new people and find common ground to innovate and kickstart future endeavours. Explore an extensive programme with labs, summits, movies, meetups, and entertainment.

Together with various media partners, Movies That Matter screen films that open eyes online, on TV, or in the movie theater. For our Movies That Matter Ideation sessions, five important activist films are viewed and discussed by the film’s director, actors, and an audience of human rights defenders and technology experts to brainstorm new insights and projects that address the issues put forth during the movies. Reserve your seat in advance as places are limited.

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Do you have a story to tell? Good or bad? Or do you just want to know some more? Feel free to get in touch and share your stories and experiences with us. We are also happy to meet enthusiastic volunteers who wish to invest their talents and efforts in tackling real-world problems and helping to solve global human rights challenges.

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