Want to put your coding skills to good use in your community? Register to be part of the first annual Hack 4 Good!
This year's focus is #hackpoverty where teams of people just like you, throughout the Springfield area, are competing to "hack" together in 24 hours an application that:
- connects the homeless to vital resources
- connects volunteers in real-time to meet the needs of the homeless community.
While every homeless person's story and circumstances are different, it is common for either them or someone in their micro-community to have a smart phone where they can use free WiFi from various places all over the Springfield area to stay in contact and look for resources.
Many difference civic organizations provide and curate resources available to the homeless, but there currently is not a centralized way to make them available or to reach out to members of the homeless community.
Let's do something about it!
ABOUT THE APP
- There are no limits on what technology or tools you use.
- Web apps and native apps (iOS, Android, or both) are encouraged; ultimately the chosen application will become a cross-platform, installable native app but does NOT have to be for this competition.
- Try to use technologies and tools that are free/open source.
- The expectation is NOT to have a fully functional, bug-free app at the end of the competition; ideally a group will be able to carry forward the winning application or a combination of ideas from the submitted applications to fruition.
- End users should be able to search for various kinds of resources (food, shelter, clothing, job opportunities, etc.) and see results in a list, on a map, or however you can think of it being displayed.
- Not all resources for the homeless are available for every person, so the end user should be able to self identify various criteria such as gender, age, whether they have children or are by themselves, etc. and narrow the results.
- Ideally the application should be able to work in an offline mode.
- Ideally the application should include geolocation capabilities.
- Organizers should be able to maintain the content of the application, but this functionality could be added later if needed.
- More specifics will be provided closer to the time of the competition.
- Be creative and problem solve! Maybe you can think of a feature that would help that isn't in the requirements!
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
- People are encouraged to create teams of 3 to 5 people and can be formed all the way up until the kick off of the competition; you can work independently but teams are highly encouraged due to the social/communal aspect of the event.
- Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate: students and professionals, developers and designers, technical and non-technical people.
- Mentors will be available to teams at various points throughout the competition for guidance, limited troubleshooting, and clarification of requirements.
- Students and anyone new to this sort of application development are highly encouraged to participate; mentors will be able to guide, suggest, and troubleshoot to an extent but will not be available to teach or train you on how to build the application, so this is a great opportunity to give it your best shot and learn under pressure!
- Anything you develop and submit as part of the competition will be included in an intellectual property waiver so that it can potentially be used to further develop a fully functional and full-featured application to be used by the homeless community and supporting organizations.
- The competition starts at 6:00pm at The eFactory on Friday, December 9.
- The competition ends at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 10 with judging and results immediately following.
- This is an around-the-clock competition but you DO NOT have to stay throughout the night! Facilities as well as food and drinks will be available the entire competition, and some people may choose to work through the night, but many people will head home and get some shut eye, see their families, etc.--whatever works best for you and your team.
- Internet connectivity, desks, and seating will be provided
- Bring your own device(s), cables, software
- Food and drinks will be provided throughout
- The eFactory is located downtown on Jefferson Ave; parking on the street will be available
- Thurs, Nov 17, 4:00-5:30pm MATA Idea Mashup at the eFactory
- Wed, Dec 7, 6:00-10:00pm SGF Web Devs Meetup: Requirements Presentation/Opportunity to Form Teams/Start Preliminary Work
- You and/or your team are strongly encouraged to attend these information sessions if at all possible but are not required (just remember, the more you know the better your app will be!)
- Free to register and to participate
- Prizes will be awarded to the winning team(s) (judging criteria will be released prior to the competition)
- Big thanks to our sponsors for covering the various costs associated, and additional sponsors are welcome and encouraged!
We want you to...
- Get involved and give back your talents to your community!
- Raise awareness for the issues of homelessness and help others in need!
- Have fun working together and enjoy stretching your imagination and skill set for the greater good!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: