Shelter Scotland Product Forge Hackathon

I had the pleasure of attending the Shelter Product Forge 2016 at Codebase this weekend. There were seven teams hacking around products and services to alleviate the causes and burdens of homelessness.

There were a few key takeaways from the event: there is a homelessness crisis in Scotland, affecting tens of thousands of people each year; homelessness encompasses a far broader set of issues that just rough sleeping; the problem of connecting people to the right services, and obtaining data on the true extent of problems is difficult.

We heard from members of the Shelter Scotland team who helped explore the issues, and outlined some of the services available. You can find out more information on their work on the Shelter Scotland Website.

You can watch the final presentations on the Product Forge Live Stream site, and find out more about the next Product Forge event: “Future Libraries”.

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