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    17 Jul Hackistani citizens want to save the World. They need you.

    On a daily basis, we meet incredible souls. Entrepreneurs, hackivists, investors, scientists, they all aim at Saving the World. Here below, you’ll read about their ambitions, their resources and their needs. To contact them, get aboard our Slack or shout out at hello@hackistan.be.

    If you want to meet us to tell your stories and find out how we could help, please get in touch or fill this form in.

     

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    Profile

    Pieter-Jan, Open-Knowledge Belgium representative and community developer.

    Ambition

    Keep organzing hackathons (lately organized Summer of Code, Diplohack and OD hackathon) around Open data (around February&March). Raising awareness of academics, industries and public actors around these opendata questions.

    Resources

    Different working groups at OK Belgium: 1) Creative commons and link with Belgian legislation, 2) Openstreetmap team that helps mapping through crowdsourcing in regions in Africa to help RedCross and Médecins sans Frontières (HOT, humanitarian openstreetmap) 3) Highrail, dealing with opentransport data, 4) Opentourism research, to enhance tourist data and help cities and tourism agencies., 5) Openaccess, looking to release as much scientific data and papers as possible. Help universities in their transition.

    Developed W4P.be with idrops.be, low fee & light (csv databases) crowdfunding + crowdsourcing (skills, resources) platform for projects that allows creditcard, standard bank transfer and bitcoin donations.

    Global network of developers around Opendata.

    Needs

    Want to enlarge OpenData community to French-speaking parts of Belgium, need for developers.

    Looking for lawyers to communication experts, for one-time missions.

    Looking for interested projects using W4P.

    Spaces in Brussels for flexible desks for their team.

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    Rozina, design thinking expert and Welsh architect

    Ambition

    See huge socio-economical opportunities to regenerate cities.

    Working on business improvement districts (BIDs) around social innovation.

    She connects the dots between civil society, politics, shops and associations through the Belgian Design Council. SWOT analyses with private/public/citizens around neighborhoods and towns. Health&education purposes.

    Resource

    Network in communal, regional and national politics.

    Needs

    Looking for collaborators to help her build more BIDs.

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    Michel, designer, engineer and entrepreneur, would love to make a living working on impactful projects

    Ambition

    Has several hardware project which are currently prototyped.

    Tries to build an interpersonal communication system that allows people to discuss in noisy contexts. A technology that suppresses the “cocktail effect”. Needs to develop an app, an algorithm that process and filter the signal and funds for a market study.

    Is part of the Humanitarian Design bureau. Prototyped a phosphorescent canvas sheet for humanitarian purposes, allows to secure, indicate and gather (in refugees camps for example). Looking for an industrial partner (200k). Many other possible applications (design lights, tourism).

    Very active in Madagascar, trying to rehabilitate fluvial transports by 1) building photovoltaic openhardware boats, 2) extract the vegetables from the river bottleneck and  3) produce local biomass industries along the river to emancipate locals.

    Needs

    Looking for electromecanicians and IT dev to get aboard of this Cocktail Canceller device.

    Looking for an industrial partner and other partners that could help prototype the phosphorescent canvas sheet.

    Looking for local students in Madagascar that could assist him in developing this openhardware fleet. Also needs funding.

    Looking for a lawyer for international contracts (industrial expertise).

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    Thomas, business and IT consultant, CTO,  jobbed-out several days ago.

    Ambition

    Connect volunteers with non-profits with Fovento, a platform he developed.

    Reduce the amount of burn-out with Flaresight, an app that tracks employees with all kindliness (and no surveillance) and let them know when they are about to suffer from burn-out.

    Resource

    Could help projects to develop their business plan and help them extract the simplicity the complexity.

    Needs

    Wants to enlarge the Fovento database and volunteers. If you know non-profits with missions or volunteers who would love to embrace them, tell them about the platform. Looking for a community developer intern who could lead Fovento and work on it full-time.

    Looking for a systems IT developer who could help him know how to track user behavior within Outlook and Windows.

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    Jan Boelen & Laura Herman

    Ambition

    Raise awareness around society and the environment through art.

    Launched z33, a contemporary art center, a cooperative with 8 units: design network, printshop, production place for design, art, etc.

    Gives classesat the Eindhoven Design Academy, with design students familiar with P2P, biohacking and biodesign.

    Called by the Luma Foundation to launch a decentralized factory in Southern France around local production materials (rice, wheat, sunflowers) with 60 designers.

    Resource

    Network of designer students and a network for artist with societal/environmental impact.

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    Jean-Christophe, worked as CFO in financial and insurance sectors, bodyshopping

    Ambition
    Would love to reinvent his work. Highly interested in urban agriculture.

    Resource
    Brings a new external look around business intelligence.

    Needs
    Would love to find projects with societal/environmental impact on which he could provide his expertise.

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    Winnie, led ReaGent and co-founded MagmaNova

    Ambition
    Launching an open biodesignlab with an academy: “experimenting with biodesign while teaching”.

    Needs
    Looking for partners, funds and contacts in universities to co-create this academy.  He is also looking for a spot in Brussels or Ghent to launch it.

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    Joris, founded the Food Surplus Entrepreneur (FSE) network, entrepreneur

    Ambition
    Organize a hackathon on Food Waste (farmers, households, shops) in Leuven on 26-28th of August in Leuven.
    Wants to scale in a resilient way the FSE at the European level.

    Resource
    Highly connected to the Belgian food and sustainability networks.

    Needs
    Looking for partners/sponsors to make the hackathon financially sustainable. Looking for people who could facilitate collective intelligence sessions, who could coach and help with incubation of the projects. Need people to communicate about the event to proper audiences (share this link).

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    Alexandre, business background

    Ambition
    Highly interested in sustainability, agriculture and agroecology projects, local-suppliers oriented.

    Needs
    Want to meet like-minded people and looking for interesting projects he could get involved in.

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    Ian, deals with online presence and social media

    Ambition
    Leverage his skills for SME and social innovation projects. He has a platform project (Communal Spoon) where freelance writers, creators, photographers, producers unite to provide a “genuine voice” service to NGO/companies and innovative projects.

    Resource
    The guy knows how to get your voice heard.

    Needs
    Advices on how to become an independent worker in Belgium.
    Would love to connect with people with writers and communicants that aim at working on genuineness.
    Looking for webdevelopers to help him build this website.

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    Laurent, IT background and worked in several NGO, entrepreneur

    Ambition
    Looking forward to enter the cooperative world and the new work era. Launched Greenfab.brussels, a fablab/laboratory with environmental purposes for professionals and crafters.
    Fascinated around citizen science project (rasberrypi openhardware device to monitor pollution for example). Met Timelab in Ghent.

    Needs
    Looking for people to connect with that either share this strong vision around Greenfab, or want to develop openhardware with an environmental-focus. Looking for communication skills and visibility. Greenfab needs at least 50k of investment to start with proper machines.

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    Julien, facilitator/coach specialized in collective intelligence and art of hosting

    Ambition
    Consolidate Collectiv-a, a collective that provides workshop and facilitation sessions to help the best from collective intelligence emerge.
    Working on Mycelium, a project that aims at federating the stakeholders around transition in Brussels.

    Needs
    Looking for a space that could be used to host workshops and let people from the collective (co)work from time to time.

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    Sinouhe, energetic global citizen and entrepreneur

    Ambition
    Building Ewala, an app that allows a unified framework for money transfer in Africa

    Needs
    Looking for people interested in developing financial services for the poor.
    Looking for a PHP developer for Ewala. They have budget to allocate.
    Looking for volunteering (could provide a working desk, access to workshops and provide computers if needed) interns to develop Ewala in India and Pakistan. Same for Afghanistan. Knowledge about these regions and having worked with refugees is an asset, knowing about Islamic finance as well. The job would be about communicating, marketing and public relations in these regions.

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    Thibaud, entrepreneur and connector

    Ambition
    Wants to build a cooperative that would source shops and restaurants in Brussels with local ingredients. A cooperative where producers are active stakeholders. Deals with Future of Waste in Brussels and organizes a Future of Fashion event in October at 4041 space.

    Resource
    He knows almost everyone in Europe working on waste and food production/distribution.

    Needs
    Someone who could help him with dealing with the Future of Waste community.
    Looking for webdeveloper for implementing Openfoodnetwork in Brussels/Belgium.

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    Matthieu, entrepreneur, CTO, lived for 3 years and a half in San Francisco, member of Fourwings Foundation

    Ambition
    Helping to build a Coding Academy in Brussels.
    Implementing Ticketfix (civic tech app that allows citizen to contest their car fines) in Brussels.
    Implementing a laundry-soap “en-vrac” shop.
    Make the world a better place

    Resource
    Huge network in Brussels and Belgium, specifically around Foundations, precarity and education.
    Has ten ideas a minute and cannot lead them all.

    Needs
    Looking for people who could take the lead on his ideas. Ticketfix and Laundrysoap “en-vrac” are waiting for people to bring them to the next level.

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    Stanley, datajournalist, medihacktivist.

    Ambition
    Raise global awareness about the state of the world, especially around the environment and economics. Has built Pressformore, a digital content platform for web-authors (journalists, bloggers, vodcasters) that combines microdonation system and a semantic curation tool.

    Needs
    Looking for a ninja developer which is highly-motivated by reinventing the information sector. Knowing a bit about alternative donation-based business models (twitch/patreon/tipeee) or even platform cooperativism would help.

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    Pierre-Yves, entrepreneur, artist and comedian

    Ambition
    Reinforcing resilience at the scale of Brussels through an observatory
    Will lead the coordination of different projects around resilience in the Brussels region from September.

    Needs
    Looking for facilitators to help him extract the needs and goals of each projects.

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    Antoine, activist, entrepreneur, bike messenger and urbanist

    Ambition
    Placing the bike as the main transport vehicle in Brussels through @Molenbike, a brand gathering different services: @Brussels Bike Messenger, @Booze Bike, @Brussels Tours, and @R&D. He also joined @Cyclehack BXL and a project with bamboo bikes: nothing stops Antoine. He would love to bind agriculture, local food and beverage production with bike deliveries. He also aims at transforming urban planning rules in order to put bike parking on garage boxes with @Skyrack.

    Resource
    Starts a business around bike deliveries in Brussels.

    Needs
    Looking for a bike lobbyist who could deal with communication aspects and raise awareness about the usefulness of bikes in town.
    Looking for people eager to work in the biking sector with him.
    Looking for a web developer who could help him make his online presence look more professional.
    Looking for a tool, platform or app to create a shared (professional) biking fleet/pool among different bike (delivery) companies.
    Looking for a storage for the different bikes he owns (a Rickshaw for example, you should definitely google that one), touristic shelters or non-profits where he could store safely.
    Looking for any business or industry who would need bike delivery or bike passenger transportation.
    Looking for projects, industries or people who could partner up to apply at the transports.brussels call (deadline on the 15th of August).

    Links
    Molenbike: https://www.facebook.com/Molenbike.be/?fref=ts
    Brussels Bike Messenger: https://www.facebook.com/cyclingsynergies/?fref=ts
    Booze Bike: https://www.facebook.com/BoozeBike.be/?fref=ts
    Brussels Tours: https://www.facebook.com/Brussels-Tours-1691398104440018/?fref=ts
    R&D: https://www.facebook.com/recherchetdeveloppement/?fref=ts
    Cyclehack BXL: https://www.facebook.com/cyclehackbxl/?fref=ts
    Skyrack: https://www.facebook.com/Skyrack-1593887587570226/?fref=ts

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    Hugues, entrepreneur

    Ambition
    Building healthcare solutions based on Internet of Things. Currently working on Helpilepsy, a wristband that allow epileptic patients notifying surrounding people and friends about their seizures and provide them with proper instructions.

    Needs
    The wristband and software are already prototyped. Looking for a ninja digital marketing/community builder, english-speaking, highly motivated by a mobile health project. The goal is to build a patient community (care, content curation). They could provide a salary and an office desk in Brussels.

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    Damiens, IT hero (network, back-end dev, systems)
    Ambition
    Launching local cooperativism platforms and interconnect them between cities.
    Interested in cryptocurrencies.
    Aims at empowering people and let citizens be closer to ‘power’.

    Needs
    Looking for people, designer and others that could provide him positive/constructive feedback on his projects and ideas.

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