The Great British Hack-Off summer festival hackathon will take aim at Brexit

Jul 11, 2018 · techcrunch.com

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While the chaos of Brexit plays out at the top of UK politics this week, it’s very hard to know what the effects of Brexit are "on the ground". Local news no longer has much of a business model to concentrate on specific subjects or campaigns. Social media is a mess of local facebook groups which only locals can see. MPs often ignore email / online campaigns from constituents.

The Great British Hack-Off aims to address this. In a 2-day intensive, overnight "hackathon" on the weekend of July 21-22, the aim will be to get a groundswell of interest in helping to improve local communities and economies. The aim is to connect people with their decision makers and MPs about their concerns for jobs, services and the economy.

The event is also going to be used to pressure MPs to back a new, ‘people’s vote’ on the terms of Brexit, with the option to remain in the EU.

It will be held by Tech For UK (Twitter, Hashtag:#GBhackoff, Instagram, Facebook) the tech industry body calling for a meaningful people’s vote on Brexit, with the option to Remain, and anti-Brexit group Best For Britain.

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