Since today is a technology day and later we’ll be looking at how to recreate a websites looks entirely in Web Wednesdays project, let’s make today a full day of technology. I recently found out about this campaign via Twitter and I was immediately interested in knowing more about it. This article is about Hack Cancer, a hackathon to raise money for cancer research.
Hackathons are a chance for developers to get together, to create software solutions within a set period of time. Not just developers, but graphic designers and UI designers too. The point is, people get together to create software and create some truly genius software. This event is all in the name of Cancer research.
This hackathon is supporting two charities, Cancer Research UK which I previously did a Dryathlon for (early 2014) and Teenage Cancer Trust. These are two really great causes and the 24 hour hackathon on the 10th-11th of October has one theme: to create a Cancer Beater. Once these projects have begun, the idea is to keep working to beat cancer through working collaboratively on projects until the finals in 2016.
It’s a really worthy cause that I wanted to help spread some general awareness on. As I wrote off to the team to see if I could find out more, I had the priviledge of being allowed to join the Hack Cancer Slack team, which is really easy to get into if you’re a passionate developer. If you feel you’re a developer who finds this interesting, get in touch with the Hack Cancer guys today!
They’re looking for sponsors to help make the event a truly memorable experience. So far, the amount of work they have put in is phenomenal. The hackathon day will take place at the Google Campus in Shoreditch, so if you’re free at midday on Saturday 10th, do go by and support the men and women who will be hacking away in the name of beating Cancer sooner.
I’ll be keeping my eye on this, so please do let us know what you think about the event in the comments below, over on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to check out Hack Cancer’s Twitter and Facebook feeds, as well as their website. The website is still being built, so give that some time and hopefully there’ll be more information on there. In the mean time, watch this space guys – It’s time that tech beats Cancer.