NBCUniversal Social Hack
Connecting Developers, Designers & Data Scientists with Social Impact Challenges
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NBCUNIVERSAL,PRESENTED BY NYC MEDIA LAB
This information session is open to NYC graduate students & young professionals who are interested in learning more about the NBCUniversal Social Hack.
Agenda for the information session:
3:00pm Introduction & overview from NYC Media Lab
3:10pm Introduction from NBCUniversal
3:15pm Overveiw of User Experience & Mobile/Web Development Track with Move For Hunger
3:25pm Overview of the Data Science & Data Visualization Track with Per Scholas
Refreshments will be served!
What is the NBCUniversal Social Hack?
Developers, designers & data scientists are invited to apply their skills to help prototype solutions for real-world problems at the NBCUniversal Social Hack. At NBCUniversal, we believe innovation is good for communities, & we know that by supporting nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, & community organizations using the power of media & technology to benefit the communities we serve, we can help solve important social issues & inspire our viewers to take action.
The Hackathon Tracks
Hackathon participants will choose between two program tracks featuring Per Scholas & Move For Hunger - two nonprofit organizations who will benefit from this rapid prototyping for social impact. Each nonprofit will lead a specific prototyping track providing subject-matter mentorship, & firsthand experiences to addressing community challenges. NBCUniversal & NYC Media Lab staff will provide additional presentations & workshops to Hackathon participants during the two day program.
USER EXPERIENCE AND MOBILE/WEB DEVELOPMENT TRACK
Nonprofit partner: Move For Hunger
Move for Hunger is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with relocation companies to collect non-perishable food items, & deliver it to food banks all across North America.
Many people throw out a good deal of stuff when they move. Unfortunately, a lot of this stuff is food that could be delivered to a family in need rather than discarded. By teaming up with relocation companies across the country, Move For Hunger is creating one of the nation's largest year-round service programs. Moving companies offer to pick up unwanted, non-perishable food items from their clients & deliver the items to their local food banks.
Social impact challenge questions:
Move For Hunger is on a mission to get more people who are moving to make their move in a socially responsible way, by booking with one of Move For Hunger's movers & donating their food. How can we use mobile and/or web technology to bring awareness to this search & booking resource at Move For Hunger's website?
Move For Hunger currently provides a variety of resources on how to start a food drive. Currently the process for starting a food drive brings together boxes, trucks & individuals. How can we simplify the process for someone to organize a food drive? How can we use mobile and/or web technology to empower & enable people to organize local food drives in their communities? Once the food drive is organized, how can we encourage people to donate to the food drive?
DATA SCIENCE AND DATA VISUALIZATION TRACK
Nonprofit partner: Per Scholas
Per Scholas is a national nonprofit that drives positive & proven social change in communities across the country. Through rigorous & tuition-free technology training & professional development, we prepare motivated & curious adults who are unemployed or underemployed for successful careers as IT professionals, & we create on-ramps to businesses in need of their talents. Today we provide our solutions in six cities across the country: Atlanta, GA; Greater Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; the National Capital Region; & New York. To date, Per Scholas has trained 6,000 individuals, helping them build lasting, life changing skills & careers in technology.
Social impact challenge questions:
Per Scholas has a large alumni network & many modes of grassroots communication from the office to communicate with the alumni. These modes of communication include phone calls & personal emails, & currently the outreach method is very piecemeal. How can we analyze a dataset of alumni to learn more about when is best to communicate with them, at scale? And, how can we visualize the data in a way to encourage & tell the story of where alumni are, with the goal of having them develop alumni networking chapters?
Per Scholas has healthy, active & engaged social media followings on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, & is eager to analyze their social streams to discover more about their audiences. How can we use data science methods to try & determine any connections between how engaged a social media follower is & the likelihood of the follower to donate to Per Scholas? How can we develop a dashboard to understand the sentiments of Per Scholas' social media followers?