I’m at WaterHackathon London today and tomorrow, where programmers are coming together to try to develop IT tools that can tackle water and sanitation problems. We first came across the programme, which was initiated by the World Bank, earlier this year when Luuk interviewed Julia Bucknall from the bank at the World Water Day event in Cape Town.
I was asked to open the London event by Julien Harou, a lecturer at University College London who has led the organisation of the London Hackathon. I talked about my experiences coming from the computer industry in the water and sanitation “sector”, describing some of the problems I think we face making information technology a force for change.
I’m capturing short video interviews on the fly during the two days. You can watch them in the player below.
For more background, see Luuk’s WaterCube interview with Julia here, and a WaterCube interview I did with Julien in Stockholm this summer.
The global event page is at https://waterhackathon.org and the London event details are here. It’s open to everyone, so drop in on Saturday between 9:30am and 7pm. I’m on the judging panel tomorrow at 5pm which should be fun. And then we’re off to the pub.
Mark Charmer is a co-founder of Akvo.
Update (Saturday eve): Here’s my Flickr set from the weekend.