What? A one-week hackathon to learn more about the challenges facing indigenous communities in the Amazon, design and build open source tools to meet these needs, and plan to share these experiences and help others do the same. We also ask that each participant share their experiences at at least one additional event that Digital Democracy organizes near the participant’s home city.

When? One week in October 2016, TBD

Where? In and around the Wapichan village of Sholinab, in the South Rupununi savannah. Sholinab is about a 90 minute flight and two hour drive from Guyana’s capital, Georgetown.

Who? Environmental monitors from the local indigenous communities, Digital Democracy staff, and designers, developers, and technically-minded volunteers from around the world sharing their time and expertise (like you!)


  • Because the best tools are built when talented technologists work directly with theirs users and design the tools they need. 
  • Because it will be the most fun you can have while doing good for people and the planet, and Dd’s last two Hackathons - in Haiti and Peru - were a blast. 
  • Because indigenous communities working at the frontlines to protect the Amazon rainforest deserve the best technical support. 
  • Because when indigenous communities assert their land rights, they assert their human rights. 
  • Because community-run forests are better protected, richer in biodiversity, and contain more carbon than other forests, even those managed by governments as national parks. 

How much does it cost? The program cost is $1000 plus airfare per participant. Roundtrip flights to Georgetown are $500-600 nonstop from New York, $900-1200 from San Francisco, $1200-1400 from London. Ask your employer if you can count the trip as volunteer time or if they’ll help support your travel. A small number of scholarships are available for participants that bring underrepresented perspectives.