In February 2014, to commerate the launch of the World Bank's Tokyo Disaster Risk Management Hub and to encourage adoption of and inovation in ICT in disaster response and prevention, we will hold a global disaster response and prevention ideathon and hackathon.
The theme will be "The Developing World × Disaster Response and Prevention", and will have participants from diverse backgrounds such as developers, members of organizations supporting the developing world, and students join forces to improve disaster response and prevention, hence the name "Race for Resilience".
This event will not only be held in Japan, but also be held internationally as part of Code for Resilience. Simulatenous events will be held in several Asian countries, Haiti, and London. After February's Hackathon, the best projects from each country will compete for the global award to be issued in London in July 2014, and will also be presented to the United Nations' World Conference on Disaster Prevention.
In the ideathon, we'll introduce mentors who have used technology to solve social problems, and representatives from 6 countries (Phillipines, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) to consult with the teams. People actually involved with disaster prevention in developing countries, exchange studens, and representatives from the world bank will also participate. In preparation for the hackathon, we'll propose ideas and create teams.
Over two days, we'll develop software / hardware that will help people in developing countries. From the afternoon on the 2nd day, the teams will be judged and the winning team from each location will receive a prize.
After the hackathon, we'll make all entries available publicly through the global website so that people involved in organizations helping the developing world can see them.