Pakistan Fights Back

In Pakistan we hear time and again that people are opposed to extremism and tired of violence.

The question, however, is what are we going to do about it?

The ‘Pakistan Fights Back: Hackathon Battle 2015’ is an event to showcase the many ways in which Pakistani citizens can counter extremism. Through project ideas, activities, art and music, the event aims to encourage cross-sector partnerships, raise awareness of extremism and demonstrate societal efforts for peacebuilding.

So here’s what’s happening at our event:


Tech-savvy, artistic and innovative minds are invited to get together and ‘hack extremism’ – anything goes as long as the idea is practical, relevant and creative. After working collaboratively through the day in teams of 03-05 participants, each team will present their ideas to our panel of judges, and the best ones will win some exciting prizes.

Apply below to register your team for the Hackathon, and get ready to start hacking!


We’re excited to be launching the 20 projects that were incubated through our inaugural Social Innovation Lab program this summer. Our brilliant innovators will be pitching their projects at the event, so stop by at the SIL Project Booths to have a chat with them and learn more.


Local artists have come together to transform our event space into an art installation to commemorate Pakistan’s fight against terrorism. Take a walk through Gallery D to experience their work.


No good event is complete without some entertainment. The day will end with a live concert by one of Pakistan’s leading bands, Azal. This is one not to be missed!

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Event Program

10:00am – 10:30amWelcome Remarks + Intro
10:30am – 11:30amSocial Innovation Lab Peace Accelerator Project Presentations
11:00am – 11:45amTeam Pitches for Hackathon
11:45am – 12:15pm Selection of Final Candidates for Hackathon
12:15pm – 2:00pmWork Session – I
2:00pm – 3:00pmLUNCH
3:00pm – 5:00pmWork Session – II
5:00pm - 6:00pm Art Exhibition Commemorating Pakistan’s Fight Against Terrorism (Gallery D)
5:00pm – 7:00pmPerformance by Azal
Tea + Snacks
7:00pm – 7:45pmPanel Discussion: Tech & Extremism 
7:45pm – 8:15pmPresentations
8:15pm – 8:45pmJudges’ Assessment
8:45pm – 9:00pmWinners’ Announcement + Closing Remarks