Hackathon Planned to Promote Safety for Girls & Women

CHIMEHACK 2Gucci hosted a luncheon event at TEDWomen last week to announce CHIMEHACK 2, a hackathon focused on developing solutions to promote safety for girls and women. Presented by Twitter and CHIME FOR CHANGE, the global campaign for girls and women founded by Gucci, the hackathon will be held July 9-12 in San Francisco, with support from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, The Kering Foundation and Hearst Magazines. Engineers will be challenged to develop tech-driven solutions to 3 challenges: safety in the developing world, safety on campus and promoting healthy relationships.

Annie Clark, co-founder of End Rape on Campus and one of the main subjects of THE HUNTING GROUND, joined Generation W speaker Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices, in conversation to articulate the need for innovative solutions to address safety concerns on campus. The TEDWomen community was invited to vote on the most pressing need for supporting young women on college campuses through a real-time, Twitter-supported voting mechanism, the results of which will further shape the campus challenge at the hackathon.

“CHIMEHACK is an opportunity for talented individuals to test their skills and network with leaders in the industry, but also to understand pressing global challenges and create truly useful solutions,” said Juliet de Baubigny, chair of the CHIMEHACK2 Host Committee and a Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as well as a CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board member. “We’re thrilled to have our KP Fellows involved in this event, lending their talents to help develop solutions to support girls and women.”

In addition to de Baubigny; the CHIMEHACK 2 Host Committee includes Robbie Myers, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE US; Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter; and Robert Triefus, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer of Gucci.

Building on the legacy of the first CHIMEHACK in 2013, CHIMEHACK 2 will identify ways for disruptive technology to support girls and women globally, and celebrate the power of women in tech. A kickoff event on July 9 at Twitter will include content and expert panel discussions related to each of the three challenge areas. Throughout the hackathon, teams will be provided with access to key leaders and nonprofit organizations working in the space to help craft their solutions.

Interested CHIMEHACK 2 participants may visit http://chimehack.splashthat.com to request more information. Engineers, designers, product managers and marketing experts of all levels are invited to apply. The deadline for applications is June 25, 2015.

To stay informed about the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign, please visit www.chimeforchange.org and join the community on Twitter www.twitter.com/chimeforchange and Facebook at www.facebook.com/chimeforchange.