Girls in Tech Hacking 4 Humanity is a hackathon inspired by social good. The concept: bring the best creative people, technical folks and design thinkers together to see what social problems they can hack over a two-day event. Hacking 4 Humanity is making its way around the globe; San Francisco is just one stop out of more than 36 countries.
In San Francisco, we were thrilled to gather nearly 130 social hackers. Out of this broad group, 26 competing teams formed. Check out the winners and their prizes!
First Place: MPathY, a meditation app for women that provides services for domestic violence victims; 5 Samsung Galaxy Tablets, Pitching Live at Amplify, $200 gift card (each) to Girls in Tech San Francisco events
Second Place: Polyglot, a volunteer language support service for disadvantaged women; 5 Echos, GA Course ($250), Tickets to Amplify ($65), $175 gift card (each) to Girls in Tech San Francisco events
Third Place: Get Her Home, a free ride and safe location app for women; 5 Fitbits, Tickets to Amplify ($65) – $150 gift card (each) to Girls in Tech San Francisco events
Honorable Mention: Within Reach, a birth control access service; Philz Gift Box ($100), Rebecca Minkoff ($200), Tickets to Amplify ($65), $125 gift card (each) to Girls in Tech San Francisco events
Girls in Tech Favorite: Axxess, which helps distribute menstrual supplies for homeless women; GIT Shirts, Tickets to Amplify ($65), $100 gift card (each) to Girls in Tech San Francisco events
Kathy Nguyen, one of the leads who coordinated the San Francisco event, said she received an overwhelmingly positive response from participants.
“Participants said how it was the best hackathon they’ve ever been to. It was a testament of how Girls in Tech San Francisco worked as a team to pull it off, and how we welcomed an empathetic and overall great set of hackers to our community,” said she. “Our hackathon was the most diverse I’ve ever seen: from age, to gender, to ethnicity, to skillsets. We had 80-85% of female hackers.”