About the challenge
The Russian invasion of Ukraine, started on 24 February 2022, is an ongoing conflict that has displaced at least 10.5 Million people already, and has caused countless deaths and injuries.
The devastation is shocking, marking Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Ukrainians are faced with armed warfare, bombings, utility shut-offs, and lack of access to food and medical care. And the situation is even more dire for people of color and the LGBT community, who face discrimination (and are sometimes even turned away) when trying to flee the violence.
With celebrities, governments, millionaires, and everyday people rallying to support the Ukrainian people – we’re left wondering how the tech community can apply its unique skills and develop solutions to help the cause.
About Girls in Tech
Girls in Tech empowers women to tackle important global issues using tech skills. We’re passionate about building equal and inclusive experiences, supporting freedom for every person, and solving complex problems.
We invite you to join us in developing much-needed tech solutions for the people of Ukraine. Whether you’re a web developer, a designer, a product developer, an engineer, a strategist, or anyone with ideas – we need your input.
What to Build
Think about how your team might use tech, AI, blockchain, and other technologies to come up with answers to the following problems.
- Waste: Less than 9% of all plastics are recycled globally. Is there a way you and your team can come up with an idea to increase the recycling rate of plastics, whether in the USA or elsewhere?
- Deforestation: Can you come up with a tech idea to track and disrupt deforestation? How might we track deforestation and the increasing number of trees being planted in the Amazon?
- Endangered species: Tigers in Southeast Asia, rhinos in Africa. Animals are being poached, decreasing biodiversity. How might we use technology/AI to increase animal biodiversity?
- Climate change: Can you think of how tech could help increase the lifespan of car batteries and assist battery-powered cars to go further? Can you think of ways renewable resources could achieve this?
What to Submit
A functioning MVP ready for immediate use.
Develop a prototype concept for an application that can later become a functioning product.
All of the following items must be included in your submission to the Girls in Tech Devpost page:
1. Submission form
Submit your project to the Girls in Tech Devpost before the deadline and complete the submission form questionnaire. Submissions (including video/code links) are editable until the deadline of August 23.
What to include:
- Speak about your purpose & motivation
- An explanation of how does the application works
- An explanation on the development of the application
- An explanation on how to use the application
- An explanation on the difficulties & challenges faced during the design and/or development process.
- An explanation on your Go-to-Market Strategy (How will the application be available to the public, and is it scalable?)
Upload a 3 min video including the following:
- Pitch Deck Presentation
- Demo of your product, including an explanation of the solution and function of your application.
- This video can be submitted as a Youtube link on your Devpost page for your project. Make sure the video is set to public.
Note: Any video longer than 3 mins will be automatically disqualified
3. GitHub or other code repo link
Please ensure that this link is publicly shareable so judges can access your project.
4. Provide images, screenshots, & wireframes of your project
***Important: By submitting your project to the Girls in Tech Hackathon Devpost, you acknowledge that these materials may be used to promote this hackathon globally.
|Team Formation + Build Period||Judging|
|Sprint||June 20 - July 15||July 18 - August 15|
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
|# 1||Registration||In Devpost, click the “Register” button and create an account.|
|# 2||Join Slack Workspace||Join the Slack Workspace: Support Ukraine with Girls in Tech Hackathon and introduce yourself in the #general channel!|
|# 3||Recruit team members||Head over to the participants’ page to indicate whether you’re working alone, looking for teammates, or already have a team. You can also post in the #find-teammates Slack channel if you’re still looking for more team members or are trying to join an existing project.|
|# 4||Create a team channel in Slack||Feel free to create your channel in Slack and invite all of your team members to it.|
|# 5||Review rules and challenges||Review the rules and guidelines on Devpost and challenge project ideas: Support Ukraine with Girls in Tech Hackathon|
|# 6||Prototype, build, and test!||Work on your challenge project and submit it via Devpost. It is highly recommended to use Slack to reach out to your team members|
|# 7||Submit!||Submit your completed project by the Sprint deadline of July 15, 2022|
PRIZES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS:
To receive these prizes, you must submit your completed project to the Girls in Tech Hackathon Devpost by July 15, 2022.
$6,000 in prizes
- $3,000 Cash Prize
- $2,000 Cash Prize
- $1,000 Cash Prize
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Data Engineer, Specialist at McKinsey and Company
Product Adoption Specialist at McKinsey and Company
Head of Development Operations at McKinsey and Company
Software Architect at McKinsey and Company
Senior Product Manager at McKinsey and Company
Taylor Greenberg Goldy
Senior Designer at McKinsey and Company
Usha Jagannathan, Ph.D.
Principal Engineer & Digital Innovation Leader at McKinsey and Company
User Research Lead at McKinsey and Company
VP Digital Innovation at McKesson
Insights & Analytics Manager I, North America Nike Direct Value Analytics at Nike
Sustainability Insights Manager, Global Sustainability Analytics at Nike
Sr. Director, Digital Product Management, Core Commerce Service at Nike
Design Engineer at Nike
Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Nike
Senior Technology Manager at McKinsey and Company
Lead Technical Recruiter, Global Tech at Nike
Is the idea original and innovative?
Is the design user-centric, easy to navigate, and intuitive?
Can the application be transformed into an MVP ( Minimum Viable Product), be profitable, and scalable?
Is the application addressing real issues the users are facing? Does the application provide user research or validation?