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Helping Hacks: The Goodnik Hackathon

Helping Hacks is a hackathon devoted to building digital capital and technological capacity for New York City’s cause-based organizations. The goal is to create real solutions to the technology challenges facing nonprofit organizations or benefit corporations by engaging some of New York’s best developers, designers and project managers. Unlike some hackathons, this isn’t just a contest or opportunity to show off, it’s an opportunity to make a real difference for an organization that is doing good in the world by solving a technology problem for them.

Helping Hacks will kickoff on Friday August 24th with a pitch session and happy hour mixer, and continue through the weekend of the 25th and 26th. The weekend begins with the organizations pitching their needs and projects to the attendees, and drafting teams of developers, designers, and project managers to join them in creating a solution. At the end of the event, the solutions are presented and prizes awarded based on creativity, elegance, effectiveness and overall awesomeness. The event will be hosted at the coworking space Alley NYC at 500 7th Ave, 17th Floor, Manhattan.

If you are an organization or benefit corporation with a technology project that needs help - anything from an idea for an awesome web app to a new website design, we want to hear from you! Fill out the contact form to let us know about your project and we'll get back to you with more details and a plan.

If you are a hacker, designer, developer, database guru or project manager, we need your help! We're looking to get probably up to 75 hackers together for this event, and we'll need a range of skills to make it happen. So fill out the contact form and let us know you're interested, and we'll put you on the list.

We will also need some non-techy people to volunteer and help manage the event, so if you're interested in attending but not as a hacker or an organization, fill out the contact form as a volunteer and we'll let you know how you can help. Anyone with hackathon experience should make note of that in the notes field. Aside from helping during the event we will also need help with designing the Helping Hacks logo and website, doing PR and marketing, event planning, tech management, etc so if you want to help in those ways please let us know.

Finally, if you're interested in sponsoring this event, please contact [masked] directly. We expect this event will cost about $7500 and we'll need a lot of help to pull it off. Any help you can provide, whether it's cash, swag, prizes, food or beer would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Julio

    It was a great opportunity to meet some diverse people and talents under the common umbrella of advancing our skills while doing for others.

    August 27, 2012

  • Karen5Lund

    I wasn't able to be there the whole weekend, but attended the opening presentations and volunteered on Sunday afternoon and saw what the hacking teams did. It was great! The event was also well organized, especially as this was Goodnik's first hackathon.

    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Impressive how people from different backgrounds were able to meet and work together productively.

    August 27, 2012

  • E\/IE B.

    It was great to be able to hack and accomplish something that actually improves people's lives.

    August 26, 2012

  • Yen

    Great to see group of talent, sponsors, and volunteers come together for a good cause.

    August 26, 2012

  • Larry L.

    is there a GitHub Organization-account (or equiv.) for this hackathon?

    August 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is such an awesome idea, much needed in the cause and social mission world

    1 · August 10, 2012

  • Rachael

    San Francisco did a hackathon to end homelessness and came up with some great ideas. I can't wait for this!

    July 10, 2012

  • Nate H.

    A hackathon is when developers, designers, and other tech experts gather together, usually for a weekend, to create some new technology solution. In the case of this event, it will be to help a small number of cause-based organizations create new websites or web services of some sort. More details to come soon!

    June 7, 2012

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