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How virtual reality is making a difference for lonely elderly

The elderly population in the Netherlands has only increased since the 1950s and continues to grow into the biggest group within the Dutch population over the coming decades. Despite the growth of this population the mental health of the elderly has been degrading. Loneliness is one of the major issues...

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There’s a war going on outside

And it’s an armed war – between poachers and rangers. A war between a $70 Billion dollar industry driven by the Asian demand for animal parts and a small group of bootstrapped wildlife enthusiasts. One can only imagine what Africa would look like if humans would never have initiated this...

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Boost your post!

Why we build the 100 Reporters app Recently we spoke with several of our NGO partners and we found out that something odd was going on. All of the NGO parties have a lot of supporters, but almost all of them find it harder and harder to reach and involve...

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Not your average VR game

When you think about virtual reality (VR) gaming, you probably can come up with a number of popular, entertaining games that are being played all around the world. The game we recently built for The Netherlands Red Cross might give a similar first impression of such a game, yet the...

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The story behind Meet the Soldier

Floris and I just came back from an experience that will probably stay with me for the rest of my life. Let me share that story with you, which not only impressed me, but also brought me to tears, and still does when I think back on it. The seed...

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Border Sessions Hackathon

Last Friday we wrapped up our three day hackathon with some amazing pitches at the Border Sessions festival in the Hague. Four groups worked on cases provided by War Child, Oxfam Novib, World Food Programme and Unicef, aiming to solve a number of difficult challenges, ranging from increasing awareness to...

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The Bigger Picture

All around the globe the most bizarre stories and photos are being made, reflecting situations that most of us would avoid being part of. Recently we met the people behind these visual works, and we learned about the richness of photojournalism. Indeed, photos tell stories that are so complex that...

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On the road with Brandpunt

We recently worked with a great team from television show Brandpunt. They covered our adventures the last weeks leading up to our visit in Austin Texas. Hack The Planet was part of ‘the New Dutch Wave‘ and together with a nice team of Dutch startups we took off to Texas....

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Throwback Sunday @ SXSW

Just 2 days back and we already miss the Austin vibe. Luckily we still have the pictures 🙂 Now back to Hack The Planet business with a lot new inspiration and ideas! Watch our VLOG’s from last week and let us know what you think! Day 1 Day 1 at...

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Hack the forest

Na twee intensieve maanden was het zo ver: project SkyHawq is operationeel en heeft haar eerste missies gevlogen. Met een super gemotiveerd team van Greenpeace hebben we een week in Indonesië getraind, gefinetuned en kennis gedeeld. Indonesië is een prachtig land en de mensen zijn ongelooflijk gastvrij en vriendelijk. Het...

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Hack de verkiezingen

Wat is voor een politieke partij nou dé uitdaging om tijdens de verkiezingstijd voor elkaar te krijgen? Juist! Het uitleggen van het partijprogramma! Partijprogramma’s zijn doorgaans nogal lijvig, want oplossingen voor wereldwijde en landelijke thema’s zijn nu eenmaal complex en uitgebreid. Hoe mooi zou het zijn als zo’n gedetailleerd programma...

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GroundHawQ

De belofte van (aerial) drones lijkt zo mooi: altijd en overal beeld vanuit de lucht. De werkelijkheid is dat het niet altijd mogelijk is om te werken met slimme techniek in de lucht. Gesloten luchtruim door defensie, mensenmassa’s of vliegvelden. Allemaal redenen waarom je in veel gevallen (terecht) verplicht bent...

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Hacking Elderly Care

Meestal zien de projecten van Hack The Planet er iets anders uit. We moesten zelf ook even aan het idee wennen: ouderenzorg hacken. Zo doken we met het team van Hack The Planet in de ouderenproblematiek. Abhishek uit Bangalore (India) joinde ons – hij was, samen met diverse  technische landgenoten...

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Hack the poacher

Wat gebeurt er als drie m00nshot engineers vanuit Q42 en Fabrique beginnen te brainen over serieuze problemen op deze aardkloot? Yes, daar stonden we eindelijk op de officiele lancering in Den Haag: Hack The Planet! Deze week was weer inspirerend. Neem nou een van de problemen die we aanpakken. Stroperij...

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