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.


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 might we ensure efficient, transparent, local procurement processes in school feeding?

  • Smallholder Farmers

    How might we empower smallholder farmers to access markets and new business opportunities so that they can break the cycle of poverty for good?

  • Humanitarian Support

    How might we use emerging technologies such as drone imagery to predict population movement to better understand and then optimize the response accordingly? The same technology can be used to count refugee population in a crisis (example Northern Uganda, Colombia)? How can we combine Logs Cluster data with data on where refugees are, to optimize getting assistance to them.

  • Climate Change

    How do we mainstream information from climate and food security analyses for adaptation actions which address the impacts of climate change on food security and nutrition?

  • Emergency Response

    How might we leverage self-driving technology to address challenges of access to conflict zones and hard to reach areas to deliver needed assistance and resources? / How might we in the event of a disaster reach communities where access is impeded or dangerous in a way that leverages the advantages of modern technology, including UAVs (drones, driverless vehicles), is cost effective, and will be accepted by both the receiving governments / authorities and the affected communities (not be confused or associated with military assets or actions). – private sector support needed

  • Beneficiary Data Management

    Data cleansing in SCOPE. How might we automate the registration?

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.

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

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