PetRescue announces a hackathon

PetRescue hackathon
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An Australian charity is creating a first of its kind digital event for the animal welfare sector which it hopes will save 100,000 lives and ultimately bring about systemic change. 

PetRescue has announced two online hackathon events with help from Google, to be held this September. Both events are designed to bring together groups of skilled professionals with diverse skill sets and perspectives to solve problems within a set time limit, using technology as an enabler.

Participants from organisations across a wide range of industries including tech, manufacturing, retail, education and advertising will be given the challenge of saving 100,000* healthy pets—the number estimated to be killed in council pounds and shelters each year. Most are never given the chance to find a new home. 

PetRescue is calling for the brightest minds in tech to bring fresh ideas and create prototypes to help solve this issue.

“New creative thinking and innovation is needed,” PetRescue co-founder Vickie Davy said.

“Community expectations for the care and wellbeing of homeless pets has completely changed in the last 25 years, but legislation and an outdated animal management system have not.

“Volunteer rescue organisations do an incredible job saving at-risk pets from council pounds, often at great cost to their own livelihoods. But they just don’t have the capacity to take in another 100,000 pets.

“It’s time to shake things up and look at the entire system with fresh eyes and a new perspective,” Davy added.

“That’s why we’ve invited passionate people from all sectors to come together for our 2020 hackathon for pets.”


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