Facebook London hosting Europe’s first LGBT hackathon

Facebook has signed up to host Europe’s first ever LGBT hackathon with the event coming to London only the world’s second such event.

InterTech Diversity Forum, the professional network for LGBT+ in the UK technology sector, will take over Facebook’s Covent Garden location for the hackathon that kicks off at 19:00 on 22 November.

“Hackathons are a time to come together to build interesting and innovative things. This hack will focus on building things to support LGBT+ causes and communities around the world,” said Intertech in the event description on its website.

Registration for the InterTech Hackathon is open until 14:00 on 21 October and places are allocated “based on the strength” of the individual response. The application form asks a variety of questions such as “what’s the coolest thing you’ve ever built”, “do you have an idea for a hackathon project”, “what are your strongest technical skills”, plus whether or not you’ve participated in a hackathon before.

Facebook London will provide dinner, midnight tea and breakfast at the 42 Earlham Street location as the hackathon runs through the night and into the next day. Once the action comes to a close there will be a presentation with prizes handed out for the best hacks.

It’s hoped the hackathon will result in 10 brand new pieces of technology to help improve the lives of LGBT people across the world, according to Tech City News.

“This hackathon will focus on building things to support LGBT+ causes and communities around the world,” Asher Ismail co-chairman of InterTech, told Tech City News.

InterTech was launched back in July and is supported by the likes of Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and various LGBT organisations such as PinkNews.