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Can hackathons help create smarter cities?
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Apr 19, 2015 Zachary B12
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Medical breakthroughs require more than an excellent idea. “Hackathons are not ideal for solving big problems like reducing poverty, reforming politics, or improving education,” writes Jake Porway of DataKind, an organization that “tackles humanity’s biggest problems through data science.” “The hackathon itself is not enough to produce change, but it’s an opportunity to expose important players in the ecosystem…to the value of using and contributing to these platforms.” Much good can occur when productive and collaborative events bring together some of the sharpest in their communities to pair old issues with new methods. What becomes of such a pairing has the potential to deliver an innovative method for solving one of the world’s most daunting issues

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