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Hack4Humanity – Google’s 48 Hour Hackathon


Subject: Invitation to Apply for Hack4Humanity NYC – Google’s 48 Hour Hackathon!

Google NYC has a challenge for you: can you make the world a better place with technology?

Around the world, billions of people confront violence, instability, and repression. Google wants to challenge a select group of students to help people confront these threats and make the world a better place through technology. From topics ranging from social justice to gender based violence, we are challenging you to find technical solutions to address some of the world’s toughest humanitarian challenges.

We cordially invite you and up to four friends (in CS or related majors) to apply to participate in Hack4Humanity, a 48-hour hackathon taking place at Google NYC from December 5th to December 7th. If selected, student teams composed of 4-5 participants will join forces to select a project track, travel to Google NYC, and get started on building a technical solution for social justice. The project tracks for the event are as follows:

1) Ending online repression and censorship

  • Definition: Explore how technology can enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability and repression.
  • Example: Checkpoints in Syria: having the wrong data on your phone can put your life at risk

2) Ending gender based violence/assault

  • How can we help victims of gender-based violence? Can we help prevent such violence before it happens?

3) Corruption and vulnerable populations

  • Definition: Today 2.2 billion people live with less than $2/day. These people have limited or no access to basic human needs such as clean water, safety, and transportation. Explore how we can use technology to help with their problems.
  • Examples: How can we expose corruption? How can we more easily provide clean water? How can we make communities more safe for everyone?

4) Data visualization:

  • Supported by Google Ideas, the GDELT Project monitors the world’s broadcast, print, and web news from nearly every corner of every country in over 100 languages and identifies the people, locations, organizations, counts, themes, sources, and events driving our global society every second of every day, creating a free open platform for computing on the entire world. This track covers hacks that use GDELT as a source!

If you’re interested in participating, get together a team of four to five fellow students, and fill out this application form by Wednesday, 11/19. We will notify you by Friday, 11/21 if your team was selected.

TL:DR details:

What: Hack4Humanity – Google’s 48 Hour Hackathon

Who: Computer science (and related fields) students in teams of 4-5

When: Friday, December 5th at 4pm through Sunday, December 7th at 4pm

Where: Google NYC, 111 8th Avenue (the corner of 8th Ave and 15th St.)

Why: Hone your hacking skills, do good for the world, meet fellow computer science students and awesome Google engineers……as well as FOOD, FUN, and PRIZES!

We’re looking forward to seeing you in December, to Hack4Humanity!


Your Google NYC Hack4Humanity team

November 12th, 2014 · Tags: Competitions, Hackathon