Recap: AT&T Women in Tech Hackathon–New York City
Recently, AT&T collaborated with Girls Who Code in New York City to produce a special hackathon focused on Women in Tech. We had around 100 hackers gather at the Center for Social Innovation to create websites and apps for social good.
To kick off the event, Robin White, AT&T External Affairs – New York, talked about the ways in which AT&T is supporting girls and women in tech and why it’s so important to AT&T. We also heard from Grant Reid, Lead College Recruiting Manager – New York, who shared some of the amazing career opportunities and programs at AT&T for young technologists.
As an extra bonus for all of the participants, the Microsoft Surface team sponsored the event by providing Surface Pro 4 loaners to teams to use for their development work. This helped the Girls Who Code teams by ensuring they could have more than one developer working on their project.
The whole event was quite collaborative with lots of interaction between professional developers and Girls Who Code students. The projects were amazing with solutions ranging from shopping to hotels to optical care, and it was so much fun to watch the demos! It was hard to pick winners, but the following teams stood out above the rest.
Best Overall Social Good Website/Mobile App from a Girls Who Code Team
1st place: Get n’ Give – “Get n’ Give hopes to link consumers to companies, businesses, and websites that use their profits to give back. By using Get n’ Give, you can shop for a cause by giving back through your purchases.”
2nd place: foodlink – “foodlink connects organizations that help feed the homeless to event organizers. In many events, the leftover food is wasted when it could be used to feed people in need. Organizations like Saving Leftover Cuisine can use this website to contact event organizers through this web app.”
Best Designed Website/Mobile App from a Girls Who Code Team
LGBTHotelServices.com – “We were inspired by Stayuncle.com which is a website that allows unmarried couples in India who are looking for privacy to book a hotel room without being judged because most hotels turn them away. Our website, lgbthotelservices.com, allows people in the LGBTQ community to book hotel rooms that are safe and also illustrates what the hotel offers along with reviews from guests about their experiences.”
Vision – “Cheap visual field testing to detect visual impairments in low income populations.”
Best Social Good Website/Mobile App Overall from a Women-Led Team
Unteer – “Connects students to volunteer opportunities. The key feature allows them to have a volunteer resume that they can use for college apps, jobs, and other volunteer opportunities. In the volunteer resume, the organizer of the event can leave them feedback about their job (both good and bad).”
Best Social Good Website/Mobile App Overall from an All Women Team
Insur-Aide – “Navigating the health insurance system through connections with real people who’ve been through the process.”
Best Overall Social Good Website/Mobile App from a Girls Who Code & Women in Tech Team
1st place: Adiona – “Adiona was created for the protection and prevention of attacks on NYC women.”
2nd place: 2nd Chance – “2nd Chance is an online platform for those battling cancer to connect with others to create a supportive community. The platform provides a safe space to share information and speak about individual experiences. By being able to send and receive postcards, people can develop personal relationships that will help get them through their battle. 2nd Chance will also provide advice that they may not traditionally receive.”
Judge’s Choice Award
Marshal – “Imagine being trapped inside your own body. Not being able to get up to use the bathroom or grab more water without needing the assistance of someone else. Imagine being completely dependent on others in order to survive. One of the top complaints in nursing homes is people not coming when the call button is pressed. This app’s purpose is to increase efficiency in nursing homes and decrease the anxiety and hopelessness of the patients and their loved ones.”
Audience Choice Award
A tie between Vision and Adiona
Vision – “Cheap visual field testing to detect visual impairments in low-income populations.”
Adiona – “Adiona was created for the protection and prevention of attacks on NYC women.”
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A huge “Thank you!” to all of our event sponsors for making this event possible!