#PeacehackDC generates new tech tools to counter violent extremism (Fall 2015)
For 36 hours, 20 peacebuilding experts and technologists huddled around laptops in a rush to hammer out new games, applications and tech tools to counter violent extremism as part of #PeacehackDC.
Taking a technological idea from design to fruition in 36 hours is no easy task, but the chance to make something tangible is not to be missed, according to #PeacehackDC participant Derek Caelin, a specialist at The PeaceTech Lab.
“So often in the peacebuilding community we are confronted with difficult problems where we have to think, we have to write, we have to communicate. And all these are absolutely necessary,” says Caelin. “But the fun thing also is creating something… to share with your community, start a conversation and initiate a learning process, not just for you but for others.”