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Humanitarian Hackathon

  • Egmont Palace Brussels Belgium (map)


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, 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

To learn more or register, please visit