SocHack is an initiative of loosely-linked coalition of NGOs and hacktivists (on-board for the first installment, among many others, were the Polish FLOSS Foundation, BRAMA Mobile Technologies Lab, the Warsaw Hackerspace and TechSoup), aiming at bringing social hacking (understood as “hacking about with technology to bring social change and further social agendas”) to Poland. The idea is to organize and promote social hacking events (mainly hackathons) semi-regularly, and to connect social activists (from NGOs, for example) with technology hacktivists and generally technical people.
The first instalment - under a double aegis of Random Hacks of Kindness and Open Data Day - was held in the beginning of December, 2011. We had about 70 participants, including some 20 social activists and around 50 technical people; that went on to become 10 projects, of which 8 made it through the 48-hour hacking marathon and were able to show some prototypes of technical tools created to tackle social issues.
Next instalment is planned somewhere in the spring, March probably. We are unable to do it more often, as it’s organised and run completely by volunteers - nobody receives any compensation for their work on SocHack.