The demand for humanitarian aid is on the rise. Join the Humanitarian Hackathon to create cutting-edge solutions saving lives and changing lives around the world.

Application deadline December 27th, 2018


In the context of the growing humanitarian needs and limited funding, innovative solutions are crucial to assist the most vulnerable groups in a more effective and efficient way. Close collaboration between humanitarian organizations, research institutes, civil society and the private sector is a prerequisite for boosting the use of state-of-the-art technologies for the benefit of those left furthest behind.


The Humanitarian Hackathon is a two-day event, taking place in Egmont Palace. It is designed to create technology-driven solutions for the most pressing humanitarian challenges. International and Belgian humanitarian organisations, donors, large companies, startups, scientists and engineers will be presented with 6 different challenges to choose from. Participation is free but application is mandatory.


The Humanitarian Hackathon is an initiative of the Belgian Ministry for Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda and Telecommunications, a major donor of international humanitarian aid. The event is organised by the World Food Programme (WFP), the leading agency fighting hunger worldwide, and by Hack Belgium Labs, the creator of Belgium's biggest multi-stakeholder hackathon. Together, we aim to gather top experts from the humanitarian field, innovative companies and tech talents from a variety of sectors.


The hackathon is open to participants and partners who have the skills and organisational capacity to create, deliver and/or fund innovative solutions, such as:

  • Belgian and International humanitarian NGO's and Non-Profit organisations.
  • Technology startups and companies of all sizes
  • Social enterprises
  • Academics
  • Current and potential donors (governmental and non-governmental)
  • Scientists
  • Professional designers, developers and engineers

  • School Meals

    How can we leverage the potential of local production to provide quality and affordable school meals, which will help children stay focused at school while supporting farmers and other producers in the area?

  • Smallholder Farmers

    How can we design an efficient and straightforward communication system for smallholder farmers in remote areas to provide them with information, connect them with the local markets and create new business opportunities for them?

  • Humanitarian Support

    How can we use emerging technologies such as drone imagery to predict population movement in the humanitarian context to optimize the emergency response? How can we combine various sources of data on refugees’ whereabouts to provide them with better assistance?

  • Climate Change

    The Climate Adaptation Management and Innovation Initiative (C-ADAPT) is an initiative designed to develop innovative climate-induced food insecurity analyses and practices to inform programming and decision-making. How can technology boost the implementation of C-ADAPT?

  • Response

    How can we leverage self-driving technology to access conflict zones and hard-to-reach areas to deliver much-needed assistance to the most vulnerable? How can we better reach communities hit by disasters, where access is impeded or dangerous, by using technologies such as drones? And how can we make these solutions cost-effective and acceptable for the national regulators and affected communities?

  • Beneficiary Data Management

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    How can we automate the registration, processing and delivery of assistance (both cash and in-kind) for people affected by disasters?

Two Tracks

Tech Track teams will be focusing on developing prototypes using the latest technologies from the private sector. Such teams can be existing company tech teams or be formed on the spot by participants with design and technical skills.

Connect Track teams will explore how they can launch viable new projects to solve the challenges by combining expertise and resources from multiple stakeholders. Such team will be formed on the spot with participants bringing their diverse skills and experience to the table.

All teams will be supported by humanitarian experts from the WFP, other organisations and donors. Tech and Connect Tracks teams will be encouraged to engage each other for ideation or validation purposes.

The United Nations World Food Programme - saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future.

Be part of it!

  • organised by
    World Food Programme
  • Hack Belgium Labs
  • initiative of
    Belgium Partner in Development

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