The I+D+i Building of the University of Salamanca hosted last week the 5th edition of “HackForGood”, a meeting of programmers with the aim of developing proposals to help solve social problems.

HackForGood is an event promoted by Telefónica and organized together with the Telecommunications ETSI of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the Fundación HazloPosible and the start-up MashmeTV with the support of the  Red de Cátedras Telefónica, in which hundreds of hackers for good propose challenges and solutions for building a better world.

It is a hackathon focused on social innovation, in which new ideas, services, or applications will be developed to help to solve social problems by satisfying existing needs, creating new communities, and developing collaboration among public and private institutions and the third sector: in short, everything that can contribute to create a better world using technology together with cooperative and interdisciplinary work. Participating in this edition were 15 universities from different cities in Spain. The University of Salamanca participated through MEDIALAB USAL.

HackForGood functions through social challenges proposed by others and that the participants will try to solve through technology. Participation can be individual or in a group, developing an application or service that converts into reality the proposal you like best of all the ones offered in the challenge. It is a fun, intelligent, practical and cooperative way to help build a better world.


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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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