XO Group is proud to announce Hack Upon a Cause: Powered by XO Group, a Hackathon with the goal of building sustainable technological solutions to better the lives of women around the world. Together we will be focused for 24 hours building web & mobile apps to help four amazing non profits solve a unique set of real world problems that women & teens encounter both locally & globally every day.
XO Group is a global media & technology leader providing young women with the trusted information products & advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Collaborate with developers, designers, entrepreneurs & non-profits to impact the lives of women that need it the most.The participating non-profits include: Step Up Womens Network, Wish Upon A Wedding, New Course, & DayOne.
Step Up Women's Network
SUWN empowers teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident, college-bound, & career-ready, &
propel professional women through connections, collaborations, & continuous development.
Address the lack of a 'safe' forum for mentors/mentees to interact after mentoring events. We see this app as an alternative to texting & emails similar to iMentor & Blackboard, but on a mobile platform--something without direct messaging capacity. SUWN would have administrative control where we could monitor all content & control who has access to which parts of the conversation. This could also be used to add additional curricular content to the program by giving girls 'challenges' or posing discussion questions online.
Wish Upon A Wedding
Wish Upon a Wedding provides weddings & vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness & serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Our organization was created to celebrate the courage, determination & spirit of these couples by granting their deam wedding wishes. A design hack where you will enter into the XO Hacakthondesign contest through 99Designs for free, bring the .PSD's to the event & have devs build their site on your design!
New Course is a small non profit based in Seattle, Washington. We enhance conservation & development outcomes by making sure the links between women, the environment, & poverty are understood & multi-purpose solutions are developed & applied.
APP IDEAS: #1 - Asking women what they need Create an app that allows women to feed in a survey & voice their opinion to let us know globally, regionally or nationally what their needs are. The app should help us have a better understanding of what women everwhere visions are, fears & the opportunities that they want. #2 - Training, tools & knowledge Development of an app for environmental practitioners, donors & even travelers. #3 - Prioritizing areas for intervention. Figure out how to mesh data sets like; environmental patterns, poverty numbers & women head of house holds in vulnerable communities & project things like human trafficking or other human rights abuses could be outstanding. #4 - Awareness Raising
Day One partners with New York City youth to end dating abuse & domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy & leadership development.
APP IDEAS: #1 - Relate: An application that allows users to track the progress of their relationship using daily quizzes. Questions for the quizzes are populated based on the users' identified interests & preferences for themselves & a partner during an initial quiz at sign-up.
#2 - Search Me: A data-mining tool that searches public records & indexed websites for any instance of information that is perosnal information. #3 - Message Share: An app that allows a user to easily select & copy time-stamped SMS, MMS or emails & retain them or share them with others, either via a screen capture or some form of social sharing. The app can be used to preserve and/or share threatening messages with attorneys, law enforcement or whomever the user chooses.
#4 - Safety Plan: An application designed to walk a survivor of abuse through the 'safety planning' process, which is a system for survivors to conduct advance planning to identify safe routes or locations if they are at risk.
Grand Prize: $5000 &Acceptance into the Spring 2014 HACKcelerator
HACKcelerator is a global pre-accelerator program designed to help top hackathon teams turn their hacks into market ready products. If you win the Hack Upon a Cause: Powered by XO Group Hackathon, you win our full support for whatever product you'd like to have us help you develop. You're in. We'll provide you the platform for connecting with amazing mentors & a series of events in Silicon Valley to connect with investors & media. This will be your shot at glory. Learn more on HACKcelerator programhere.
1st Runner Up: $3000
2nd Runner Up: $1500
Hack Upon a Cause: Powered by XO Group is an unparalleled opportunity to make new friends, connect with old ones, eat well, & most importantly, make a difference. There's a nominal $25 registration fee (all proceeds go to charity). Space is limited, so register today!
We will also be having a Pre-Hackathon Meetup, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the amazing non-profits in an educational roundtable & Q&A sessions. It's free & pizza & beer will be provided! We will also be providing promo codes to receive 50% for this hackathon at the meetup. Check out more details here.