San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
About the Challenge
Make It Happen is the 2015 theme Women’s Day 2015, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. This year's Women's Month celebration is especially significant as it marks 20 years since the United Nations laid down an agenda for women's rights and gender equality in Beijing: the Beijing Platform for Action. In addition, 2015 is critical as the world seeks to define a new set of targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. SPARK! together with SMART Communications and the J. Amado Araneta Foundation join the call for women’s empowerment through ‘hacking the gender gap’.
Hackathon ‘App’ Guidelines
The Contest is designed to recognize the best software application that is designed to meet the challenge requirements and can be downloadable for use by the target clientele: women and girls.
You’ll work in teams of 4 to brainstorm an idea for women and girls, bring it to life, and then demo and pitch it for a chance to win prizes and awards. All in just 8 hours. Participants can form their teams and plan their application ahead of time but cannot code until the day of the event.
Your task is to create a solution for ONE of the three challenges:
1. A call for the creation of Safe Spaces and Safe communities of women
One out of 5 women in the Philippines fall prey to different types of violence. There are many areas such as in Metropolitan Manila where vulnerabilities of women are high due to lack of security and poor facilities. Yet, women still pass through or commute through these areas everyday. Stories of women being kidnapped and raped while passing these areas haunt the news at an increasingly alarming rate.As it stands, there are no online portals that allow women to anonymously report incidents of violence. There is also a lack of means to track ‘safe spaces’ for women to use as well as the lack of means to be warned when entering a ‘danger zone’. We are looking for an online platform that will allow women to report incidents of violence as well as be able to capacitate women to identify safe spaces and warn them from danger zones via SMS, email and even through Facebook and Twitter.
2. A call for anti-corruption.
According to a 2008 report by UNIFEM, women are more vulnerable to the impact of corruption than men. This is particularly true of corruption in public service delivery. As women form a larger proportion of the poor and take primary responsibility for child care, they are more reliant on freely provided public services. As a result, corruption in public service delivery has a disproportionate impact on women.* The challenge is to create an app for Monitoring Good Governance and Transparency PlatformCorruption is the ultimate bane in the Philippines. Even the top officials in the land have not been spared by allegations of illegal use of public funds and personal enrichment at the expense of the ordinary Filipinos. It is widespread in public procurement, in customs collection and in the action of the authorities themselves. Public bidding in many cases is rigged and the speed of transactions is often dependent on the ‘pampadulas’ (money given under the table). The challenge is to crowd-source solutions that monitor public transactions while at the same time creating a platform that will allow citizens to directly act as watchdogs in the interest of good governance and transparency.
3. To encourage women and girls engagement in STEM.
Tools to make informed decisions related to critical aspects of their lives, including their health and in an age where many societal debates are linked to the risks and benefits of technological developments, women must be scientifically and technologically literate if they are to participate fully as citizens. Moreover, as more and more interactions go online, women and girls’ ability to engage with ICTs can create mechanisms to mobilize, build community, and advocate for their interests, rights and social transformation. The challenge is to address any or a combination of the many dimensions of getting girls and women in STEM in a way that responds to different types of access to ICTS such as a mobile app that teaches scientific concepts, or a game that inspires women to learn about her universe or a mobile app that connects a community of STEM girls to share stories.
● Appropriateness to Theme (40 points)
Does the app address the challenge which is to create safe spaces for women and create an enabling environment for women to contribute fully to national development?
● User Experience & Functionality (20 possible points)
Is the solution intuitive & has high depth of functionality?
● Originality & Impact (20 possible points)
Uniqueness and the effect, on how the solution was applied to the related problem
● Innovation/Technology (20 possible points)
This is how the hacker will utilize the existing technologies to their products.
You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:
- You are a resident of the Philippines (you do not need to be a citizen)
- You want to help make the lives of women and girls in the Philippines better and safer
- You are eager to collaborate and innovate
When & Where
SMART DevNet is SMART Communications’ developer community program, targeted at developers on desktop and mobile platforms interested in using SMART’s technology platforms such as network tools and APIs.