|The #CHIMEHACK hackathon to create mobile app solutions to support girls and women through Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign concluded Saturday with an awards ceremony honoring five winning teams:|
-Kevin Berry, Suzanne Kiihne, Sharon Ly, Maryam Quadirand Amrita Ramsaransingcreated an app for CHIME FOR CHANGE, that leverages Twitter to bring people together and create awareness of challenges facing women and girls across the globe, winning a $10,000 cash prize from Gucci
-Rosemary Jammaland Kate Schnippering created an app for Vital Voices that connects and inspires women leaders, winning a $10,000 cash prize from Hearst Magazines
- Cesar Ganbaldo, Dom Gaudioso, Tiernan Lee and SamerMasrycreated an app for UN Women, to help women and girls enhance their career skills, winning a $10,000 cash prize from Chegg
-Nikita Attiguppe Dasharath, VinuCharanyaAthangudiPurushothaman, Anna Haeger, Mary Ann Jawili and YadagiriLertlit created an app to gamifyUNICEF’s Trick-or-Treat fundraising program and accept mobile payments, winning a $10,000 cash prize from Jawbone
- Kara Yu, Matt Morgan and Slava Kim created an app for Riders for Health that helps medical workers plan their routes so they can deliver medicine and treatment more efficiently to rural villages in Lesotho, winning a $10,000 cash prize from the Skoll Foundation
“This hackathon was about more than just creating the best mobile app solution,” said Maryam Quadir, who worked on the team developing the winning app for Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign. “We were working together to really make a difference in people’s lives, and having the support from the biggest names in technology added to the excitement.”
The three-day event was created by Gucci, Twitter and Women Who Code in partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and TEDWomen, as well as prize sponsors the Skoll Foundation, Hearst Magazines, Jawbone and Chegg. Additional sponsors included Yelp, One Kings Lane, PayPal and Riviera Partners.
Top engineers and tech leaders – including Dick Costolo, Susan Wojcicki, Hosain Rahman, Ali Pincus, Hugo Barra, Jared Morgenstern and Andrew “Boz” Bosworth – participated in #CHIMEHACK, serving as judges, mentors and speakers. CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board members Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices, and Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media and co-host of TEDWomen, also participated, representing the girls’ and women’s issue space.
#CHIMEHACK reflected the innovative nature of the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign, celebrating the power of women in tech, and connecting the tech community to issue experts and non-profit organizations to identify ways for disruptive mobile app solutions to support girls and women globally.
The group of 105 hackers spent Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, developing their apps, and presented their ideas to a panel of expert judges on Saturday, December 7.