doing our bit for charity


Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.
We do this by giving advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need, and by campaigning for lasting political change to end the housing crisis for good.

Shelter provides free, confidential advice to people with all kinds of housing problems through our online housing information and our face to face local services.

At Hope and Play, we believe that every child has the right to safely play, learn and grow in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding. We are an organisation dedicated to helping add hope and play to the lives of children who are denied these most basic rights.

We do this by building playgrounds so they can have places to play safely, by buying textbooks, laptops, and other educational materials to help create opportunities and give them hope in a future that they can have some control over. We work with local communities and organisations to get these to the right people and places. We will also occasionally undertake specific peaceful and legal actions to support them where there is an immediate humanitarian need.

The Ministry of stories

MoS The Ministry of Stories was founded by Nick Hornby and co-directors Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne. Hidden away at the back of The Monster Shop (where else would you expect it?), the Ministry of Stories provides a free space for fresh writing by young people. Here in Hoxton we provide workshops and one-to-one mentoring. The services are provided by volunteers: local writers, artists and teachers, all giving their time and talent for free.

The MoS is inspired by young people, and aims to inspire them to transform their lives through writing. We work closely with schools, supporting the work of teachers, but our great benefit is that we provide one-to-one mentoring for young people to enjoy imaginative stories, improve language skills, increase abilities in communication, add to social and educational confidence.

Our volunteers need your IT problems 

I doesn't matter if you are a UK charity or a community/sports organisation, you will have problems that can only be solved with some sort of IT solution being implemented. 
Unfortunately these invariably cost money, money that could be spent elsewhere.

As software/web developers we see first hand how large problems can be solved with small pieces of code, this hack event give us a chance, in possibly the most extreme working environment for us, to solve a few of your problems while working with some of the brightest developers in the UK - all in the name of charity.

What's in it for our volunteers?

Trust us when we say, they love doing this stuff, solving problems is what we all do and the chance to write develop something that may help change a life one day is a big thing for us.

What will it cost my organisation?

There is no direct cost for you or your charity, we may need someone to help us pick the winning solution and we will need some form of introduction to the problems you are proposing, this can be in person or via video/powerpoint presentation.
However if you do have close ties with companies that may be in a position to help us cover the food, accommodation or venue costs that would be great too.

Crazy idea

This is the first time this sort of event has been run in this way here in the UK but it wont be the last, the more input we can get from you the more of these events we will be able to run.
if you unable to get involved this time round, do send them in to us, we can post them on this site or use them for the next event.


Please do contact us with your ideas, questions, we will get back to asap.