Web experts and people with ideas on how to address environmental problems are being asked to put their skills to work at a "hack day" to create online tools to help tackle climate change.

The West Midland web designer and developer community Multipack is organising the "Hack the Planet" event on 20th February which aims to encourage people to use the web to lead a greener lifestyle.

Hack days are events where computer programmers and interested individuals seek to turn their ideas about new approaches to issues into an online reality.

Hack The Planet’s organisers hope the day will produce a product or several products to turn eco-friendly online ideas into a usable tool.

Simon Jobling, cofounder of Multipack and organiser of the hack day, said: "We want to some form of online tool to raise awareness about being green and more eco-friendly and basically get people involved from around the community.

"A hack day is about bringing together a group of developers, designers and potentially marketing types to spend a full day developing a product or more than one product using online tools."

The event takes place at the offices of One Black Bear at The Old School House, 191 Fazeley Street, Birmingham from 10 am.