On Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, the Maritime Authorities of Barcelona prevented Open Arms' ship from leaving the port of Barcelona. By blocking their ship, they have already let 419 people die in the Mediterranean.
Open Arms is a non-governmental, non-profit organization whose main mission is to protect, by having a presence at sea, those people who try to reach Europe fleeing from war, persecution or poverty. Their goal is to save lives and ensure no refugee is adrift or at the bottom of the sea.
However, the Maritime Authorities of Barcelona prevented their ship from leaving the port of Barcelona and have already let 419 people die in the Mediterranean. For Barcelona's annual llum festival hackathon, Hack the Light Up, our team chose to design and create an interactive hack on Barcelona's iconic Agbar Tower, to bring light to this issue.