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Announcing IDEO's Make-a-thon

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In December we wrapped up our Amnesty Challenge, tackling the question of how technology can support human rights in the face of unlawful detention. You wowed us with your bright ideas for human rights, and since the challenge's conclusion we've been hard at work figuring out the best way to carry forward some of the winning concepts into Realisation.
Enter IDEO's Make-a-thon: a collaborative effort between OpenIDEO, Amnesty International and IDEO's London studio, taking place in London on February 17th and 18th, 2012.
The goal of the event is to bring together developers, programmers and others to take great ideas and bring them one step closer to reality. Some of these ideas are focused on London-specific issues, while others might be a bit more familiar to you. In fact, five of the project briefs available for development at the event come directly from our Amnesty Challenge!
Although the event is taking place with a limited set of attendees in London, we know that all of the winning Amnesty Challenge concepts came out of a truly global, collaborative effort by our entire community. So, as a way to bring each of you to the event (albeit virtually), we'll be tweeting over the course of both days using the hashtag #ideomake as well as sharing updates on Facebook
We're also   striking up conversations over in our User Forums as a way to give Make-a-thon attendees and OpenIDEO community members the chance to mix, mingle and share. New project briefs are being added everyday so be sure to check back often and add your suggestions and feedback for the teams who will be working on each concept. This is your chance to help continue iterating and refining our challenge concepts – so be sure to join the conversation!
As always, we're eager to find ways to take all of your great efforts from our challenges and bring your concepts to life. Have suggestions for how you'd like to get involved in turning challenge ideas into reality? Email us at And we'll see you over in our Make-a-thon Forums!


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