More than 30 participants from various professions gathered in Miami and New York this past weekend for the #FusionRiseUp Hackathon. The goal was to to create innovative and disruptive ideas to make a better world by designing the projects needed to create change. Areas focused on included education, poverty, climate change, gender inequality, corruption and health.

The attendees worked on 7 projects that connect and empower citizens through technology. Billed as a “pro-amateur, pro-expert” event, people of all skill sets took part in the technology building process.

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This hackathon allowed people interested in improving their communities to share their ideas with other professionals, creating a space for community perspectives to lead.

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"The more input from different people you have, with different perspectives, the better you are in the right solution," said Alfonso Mendez, a programmer who developed Pppin, an app that geo-localized problems and needs of the community.

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The Hackathon served as a precursor to RiseUp summit which will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 19th.