Girls in tech San Diego Announcing their 2nd Annual Hacking for Humanity Hackathon

April Rieger
  • By: April Rieger
  • In: Uncategorized
  • Posted: November 15, 2018

Are you passionate about using your unique skills to do good in the world? Do you believe in leveraging technology to improve your community? Do you enjoy collaborating with like-minded individuals to create something that will improve the lives of others? If so, join San Diego Girls in Tech for our second annual Hacking for Humanity event! This year’s hackathon for social good will be held on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd at Amazon in UTC and will focus on tackling topics that deal with homelessness in San Diego.

At Hacking for Humanity, you’ll hear from local organizations that are hard at work helping the homeless population in San Diego. Each organization will discuss the work they do and some of the challenges they face – and that’s where you come in. Under the guidance of mentors, you will join forces with a team to create a technological solution that will address an organization’s needs and help them carry out their mission. We’ll fuel your creativity with breakfast, lunch, and snacks on both days, plus dinner on Saturday. Participants with different ability levels and skill sets are welcome, including coders, designers, project managers, and more. Hacking for Humanity is a woman-, man-, non-binary-, POC-, and LGBTQ-friendly environment. At the end of the weekend our panel of judges will select a winning team. The first-place team will receive $1,000, the second-place team will win $500, and the third-place team will win $250. Additional prizes will be announced soon, so sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.

Last year, participants came together to positively impact their community by creating innovative solutions for reporting and preventing hate crimes and supporting victims. Apps developed with this goal in mind include Safety Pin, a preventative application that allows users to reach out and connect to their community, and Move Forward, an application that helps to educate sexual assault survivors on their rights and support them through the process of reporting and moving forward from their experience. Keynote speakers April Wensel and Lindsay LaShell spoke about compassionate coding and consistent personal branding, and mentors provided guidance and encouragement throughout the 2-day event.

There are lots of ways to get involved with this year’s Hacking for Humanity event. You can sign up individually or with a team (no more than 5 people per team) to participate in the hackathon. You can also sign up to volunteer with San Diego Girls in Tech on one or both days – just send an email to Gina Verrastro at gina.verrastro@girlsintech.org with your availability to sign up. If you are interested in being a sponsor for this event, please reach out to April Rieger, co-managing director, at april.rieger@girlsintech.org to learn more.

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