domenica 11 marzo 2018

VHacks, the first Vatican Hackathon ever, just ended

1st VHacks (Vatican Hackathon)
Alberto Carrara. Nothing in this world is indifferent to us, says Pope Francis in His Encyclical Letter Laudato sì (LS, 2015). Inspiring by a recently Pope Francis talk on TEDx, 120 young hackers, from all over the globe  and from different cultures and religions, joined together in the first Vatican Hackathon ever!

VHackers working at 1:30 a.m.
VHacks, a 36-hour collaborative event, took place from March 8 till today Sunday 11, 2018 at the Vatican City. Organized by OPTIC, students from Harvard and MIT, the Vatican, Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, and other institutions, VHacks targeted important global issues, including social inclusion, interfaith dialogue, and the migrant & refugee crisis, mixing together youth creativity and technological expertise. Yesterday afternoon, all those guys demonstrated to the world a great hope: it is possible to engage ethically technology and informatics in order to try to solve concretes human problems and foster an authentic human flourishing. All those guys become 'techno-ethicists'!

The mission of VHacks is to: leverage technology to address current global problems centered on hackathon themes; encourage value-based institutions to embrace technology to further their missions; promote collaboration among youth leaders across diverse academic, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
2018 Vatican Hackathon themes focused on 3 key issues:

1. Social Inclusion: Encourage solidarity by restoring human-centric thinking and values in our increasingly digital world.

2. Interfaith Dialogue: Support open communication between individuals and organizations representing differing faiths to create mutual understanding and constructive cooperation.

3. Migrants & Refugees: Strengthen, support, and mobilize resources for migrants and refugees to assist them with relocation and integration.

The capstone to the event have included two panels exploring the intersection of human values and technology and the implications of technological advancement on human development.

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