We have noticed the development of a partition in Groningen. On the one hand, creatives and social entrepreneurs are trying to fend for themselves and on the other hand, the downsides of the society: In Groningen there is a lot of unemployment, poverty and loneliness. Our fear is that things will run out of hand, since we slowly forgot how to live together and how to take care of each other.
However, we also see a growing selfconfidence in inhabitants and entrepreneurs who want to take responsibility for their living environment. Hack of a City is a lab for social innovation and Groningen is the ideal location for this: We get together and innovation is in its DNA. We hack the city to give an impulse to concrete and practical ideas. Ideas that help Groningen and its inhabitants!
Therefore, we co-organized a Helpathon in Groningen: Hack of a City. Creatives, ICT experts, social workers, health professionals, entrepreneurs and inhabitants of Groningen get together and work on finding solutions for societal problems in 48 hours. For more information, please visits www.hackofacity.org.