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SPARK!, Smart invite developers to hack for women empowerment

Spark a Smart Change Hackathon

SPARK! Philippines, an NGO advocating for women’s development, and the Smart Developer Network (Smart DevNet) are calling on mobile application developers to join a coding marathon this Women’s Month to create applications that would “hack the gender gap.”

The “Spark a Smart Change” hackathon, held in partnership with the J. Amado Araneta Foundation, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 21 at the Smart headquarters on Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

Developers should form teams of four, with at least one female participant, and think of apps that can accomplish any of the following:

  • Allow women to report incidents of violence, track safe spaces for women, or warn them once they enter danger zones
  • Monitor good governance and promote transparency (A 2008 United Nations report shows that women are more vulnerable to the impact of corruption than men, given that the former comprise a larger proportion of the poor and are more reliant on free public services.)
  • Encourage women’s and girls’ engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields

Interested parties can register for free at womenhackph.eventbrite.com

Prizes for the best apps include gadgets, 90-day access to the HERE Maps Android SDK, mentorship sessions with HERE Maps and SPARK!, gift certificates, and exclusive merchandise.

Apps will be judged based on appropriateness to theme (40 points), user experience and functionality (20 points), originality and impact (20 points), and technical difficulty (20 points).

Since 2012, Smart DevNet has been organizing and supporting programming marathons and other events that train the spotlight on the Philippine developer community.

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