A Miami-based group called Roots of Hope is organizing a Code for Cuba hackathon at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California headquarters later month in an effort to get programmers to create apps and programs that can be used on the island.

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A Wall Street Journal report on the event says the only restrictions on the software are that it must comply with Cuban laws like those which restrict the import of satellite and other communications equipment. Prize money will be awarded to the teams who come up with the most innovative ways for Cubans to work around Internet current restrictions and connect into the global information flow.

Roots of Hope’s first hackathon last year in Miami led to the development of two applications that allow Cubans to perform basic Internet functions through email. One of the programs enabled searches on Google and Wikipedia as well as Twitter, while another established a Craigslist-like online market for Cubans, all via email.

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