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Hack Upon a Cause: Powered by XO Group, Inc.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EST)

Hack Upon a Cause: Powered by XO Group, Inc.

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XO Group, Inc.

XO Group, Inc. is proud to announce Hack Upon a Cause: Powered by XO Group, Inc., 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 and teens encounter both locally and globally every day.

XO Group, Inc. is a global media and technology leader providing young women with the trusted information products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Collaborate with developers, designers, entrepreneurs and 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, and DayOne.

Non-profit organizations: 

Step Up Women's Network 

SUWN empowers teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident, college-bound, and career-ready, and
propel professional women through connections, collaborations, and 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 and emails similar to iMentor and Blackboard, but on a mobile platform--something without direct messaging capacity.  SUWN would have administrative control where we could monitor all content and 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 and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Our organization was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their deam wedding wishes. A design hack where you will enter into the XO Hacakthon design contest through 99Designs for free, bring the .PSD's to the event and have devs build their site on your design!


New Course

New Course is a small non profit based in Seattle, Washington. We enhance conservation and development outcomes by making sure the links between women, the environment, and poverty are understood and multi-purpose solutions are developed and applied.
#1 – Asking women what they need
Create an app that allows women to feed in a survey and 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 and the opportunities that they want.

#2 – Training, tools & knowledge
Development of an app for environmental practitioners, donors and even travelers.

#3 – Prioritizing areas for intervention.
Figure out how to mesh data sets like; environmental patterns, poverty numbers and women head of house holds in vulnerable communities and 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 and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development.
#1 – Relate: An application that allows users to track the progress of their relationship using 3 question quizzes. The user takes an initial quiz at sign-up on their relationship and their personal interests which informs future questions. Relationship status would be tracked in a way similar to dieting apps and warning signs of abuse would prompt a connection to resources.

#2 – Our Messages: A message preserving app that creates a timeline of imported messages including SMS, MMS, IMs, Emails and social networking between the user and a selected contact. The app can be used to preserve messages chronologically so couples, friends or family members could look at the "story" of their relationship through mobile communications. Dating violence survivors could use the tool to document threatening or unwanted contacts from their abuser.
#3 – Safety Plan: An application designed to walk a survivor of abuse or assault through the safety planning process. The application would include features to quickly contact people in their network and sent time and location based alerts to avoid encounters with their abuser or to get appointments.


Grand Prize:

  • $5000
  • 3 Months of communal membership in the Fueled Collective
  • $500 in Heroku Credits
  • 6 Months of the Firebase bonfire plan ($894 value) 
  • 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, Inc. 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 and a series of events in Silicon Valley to connect with investors and media. This will be your shot at glory. Learn more on HACKcelerator program here.

1st Runner Up: $3000

2nd Runner Up: $1500

Firebase will also be awarding 3 months of their Bonfire plan to the best hack built with their API ($447 value)

"Most Helpful Hacker" will be awarded a Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet 


Saturday Sunday
8:00AM - Doors open / setup 8:00AM - Breakfast
9:00AM - Doors open to attendees / Breakfast of Champions 12:00PM - Lunch
10:00AM - Welcome announcements & NPO's intro/presentations 1:00PM - Hackathon ends / Submission due on hackathon.io
11:00AM - Team pitches 2:00PM - Judging / demos being
12:00PM - Lunch 4:00PM - Winners announced / Prizathon!
1:00PM - Hackathon competition begins  
7:00PM - Dinner is served  
Hack through the night!   

Hack Upon a Cause: Powered by XO Group, Inc. is an unparalleled opportunity to make new friends, connect with old ones, eat well, and most importantly, make a difference. There's a nominal $25 registration fee (all proceeds go to charity). Space is limited, so register today!

Driving to the event? 
Find & Reserve Hack Upon a Cause parking with SpotHero. You can reserve your spot via their iPhone/Android mobile app or online at SpotHero.com. Use promo code MYHACK20 at check out and receive $20 of free parking. 
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 and Q&A sessions. It's free and pizza and 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.
Have questions about Hack Upon a Cause: Powered by XO Group, Inc.? Contact the organizer

When & Where

XO Group, Inc.--24th floor
195 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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XO Group, Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), is a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include WeddingChannel.com, The Nest, The Bump and Ijie.com. XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media – from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video – and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing. The company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (XOXO) and is headquartered in New York City. Follow XO Group on Twitter @xogroupinc.

AngelHack unites developers around the world in a massive hackathon where they can learn interesting developer tools, start new companies, and even win prizes and funding for their ideas. AngelHack Fall 2013 brings together 6000+ developers across 30 cities for the world’s largest hackathon. The top teams worldwide will be entered in HACKccelerator and receive 6-8 weeks of expert mentorship before being flown to Silicon Valley to showcase their work to investors and media at AngelHack’s Global Demo Day on January 24th, 2013. On average, 30% of finalists will find funding and move on to become groundbreaking startups.

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Hack Upon a Cause: Powered by XO Group, Inc.
New York, NY Events Networking


McKenna Moreau
Director, Coatue Foundation at Coatue Management
Robby Kilgore
CTO at Catapult.org
Avi Flombaum
Dean at Flatiron School and founder of Designer Pages
Rameet Chawla
CEO at Fueled
Azita Ardakani
Founder : LoveSocial
Peipei Zhou
Global Business Account Manager at Facebook
Courteney Ervin
Project Partnerships Liaison at Code Montage
Meha Agrawal
Software Engineer at The Muse


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