Hack the Police 2 :: 9 - 10 December 2017
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Hack the Police 2

Join us and find ways to help police gather evidence, make it easier to give statements, and improve the wellbeing of officers and victims.

December 9-10 2017. Newspeak House, London.

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In the summer of 2013, front-line police officers from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's 100 voluntered to set up and run the first UK Policing Hackathon - Hack the Police.

In 2017 Hack the Police is back, and this time we're exploring the themes of:

  • Collecting better first-hand evidence, and reducing false suggestions.
  • Improving the comfort of citizens and building rapport in the interview room.
  • Tools for better officer wellbeing and mental health.

We are once again engaging with developers, designers, researchers, and police officers. We'll have experts from the Forensic Psychology Unit at Goldsmiths on hand; and we're working with volunteers from Police:Now to provide policing insights and knowledge.

Event schedule can be found here.


December 9-10 2017
10:00 Sat - 17:00 Sun


Newspeak House,
133-135 Bethnal Green Road,
E2 7DG

This event is supported by

As a volunteer-run event, we rely on the generosity of organisations to provide a great event to our attendees. If you'd like to support this event, please get in touch.


What is a hackathon?

Hackathons are invention marathons for developers, designers, psychologists, researchers and more. During the event, participants ('hackers') will build projects that answer our challenges to build awesome creative projects.

Who owns the projects?

All projects built at this event belongs completely to the teams. However, to generate the widest benefit from this event, we encourage attendees to provide Open Source licenses for the results of their work.

What should I bring?

All participants will need to bring their laptop, charger(s) and any other devices they wish to work on.

How much does it cost?

We want to make this event accessible for everyone, so there is no charge to enter. To make this possible, we need sponsorship. If you are interested in supporting, please get in touch.

Who is this event for?

Developers, designers, officers, psychologists, researchers, and other interested people.

Who is running this event?

This event is run by Edwin Burns, Lewis Westbury, Rory Geoghegan, Wilson Tolentino da Silva and Kevin Lewis.

Do I need a team?

You don't need a team to take part; it's perfectly acceptable to create a solo project. However, during the event itself, there will be opportunities to share ideas and connect with your fellow hackers to form a team. As organisers, we’ll do our best to encourage and facilitate teamwork across the weekend.

Do I have to stay overnight?

No, it is not a requisite to stay over. If you would like to stay though, we'll have a small number of airbeds available. We recommend you bring sleeping bags, pillows, and a change of clothes.

Can I start before?

While you can explore ideas before the event, you shouldn't start your project before the event itself and still enter the challenges. If you want to bring an existing project to the table, we encourage full disclosure and honesty.

What's the deal with food?

Thanks to our kind sponsors, we'll be able to feed you four meals throughout the event. We'll sort you out for Saturday lunch/dinner, and Sunday breakfast/lunch. Please let us know if you have any special requirements when getting a ticket.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes, and you must agree to it before attending. You can find it here.

I have another question

Please contact Edwin Burns on team@hackthepolice.com.

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