On August 11-12, over 130 brilliant minds gathered at Capgemini’s New York Office to collaborate and bring ideas to life over two days at the Social Good Hackathon.
This year’s theme: solutions with a conscience
The event aimed to empower individuals to create unique and innovative technology-based solutions to help businesses overcome some of the most pressing diversity and inclusion challenges of our time.
Some of the top categories included:
- Work/Life Balance
- Societal Norms
- Diversity Hiring
- Social Mobility
- Digital Inclusion
However, teams also had the freedom to come up with their own challenges related to diversity and inclusion if they chose to.
The day kicked off with breakfast and great introduction. Teams were formed, friendships were made.
With over 30 teams competing in the hackathon, competition was fierce. Teams were competing for their share of over $8,000 in prizes and of course, bragging rights.
This year’s overall winners were:
1st Place (TIE)
- Team Melancholy – Detecting early stages of cancer in the most effective way
- Team W+Health – Intelligent auto-health tracking
- Team CGGS – Generate awareness toward the inefficiencies and lack of funding for epidemic relief efforts
- Team Woliba – Changing work-life balance culture, allowing employees to control and measure their work-life balance and well-being
Alongside the main challenge, Teams also competed for prizes in our Sponsor Tech Challenges. Each of our sponsors hosted a “Best Use of” challenge, in which teams competed to see who had the best use of the sponsor’s products/APIs.
The Sponsor Tech Challenge winners were:
- IBM – TEAM CGGS
- Microsoft – TEAM SAVE RACCOONS SAVE THE WORLD
- AWS – TEAM CAPx TECH
- SalesForce – TEAM FRESH CHECK
- Stibo Systems – TEAM HELPING HANDS
- .tech Domains – TEAM W+HEALTH
To see all the submissions, check out our Devpost.
Over the two-days, while teams were busily developing their best solutions, they also had the opportunity to learn and relax. Participants were encouraged to sit in sessions as industry thought-leaders offered their insights to applications, platforms and business acumen, as well as enjoy some meditation, stretching and yoga offerings.
On day two, teams submitted their final solution. Each team had five minutes to present their solution to our panel of judges, two minutes for a demo, two minutes for Q&A and one minute for transitioning.
Solutions were evaluated across the following criteria:
- Technical Demo
- Ease of Deployment
We started this journey last year in Toronto with only 60 participants. This year, we more than doubled that, and could not have done it without all the passionate participants, generous sponsors and the team behind the scenes.
Thank you to our sponsors: IBM, Microsoft, Stibo Systems, Intel, Salesforce, Good Yoga Project, Insomnia Cookies, Guayaki Yerba Mate, .tech Domains, Blagden
Thank you to our external judges, mentors and speakers: Mike Moore, Brian Bowman, Kavitha Pullela, Charlie Isaacs, Chirag Oswal, Jeff La, Lisa Coleman, Carol Watson, Vishal Srivastava, Lisbeth Hinkel
Thank you to our Capgemini judges, mentors and speakers: Lalit Khandelwal, Vito Labate, Abhaya Gupta, Vamshi Rachakonda, Andy Heppelle, Krystianne Avedian, Janet Pope, Lauren Sanne, Stephan Bragner, Johnny King, Apoorva Golagabathula
Thank you to our all-star organization team and day-of volunteers: Rachelle Clifford, Ben Barry, Joel Quinones, Krystianne Avedian, Nicole Karp, Maria Kwok, Lauren Sanne, Haley Wagner, TJ Aldridge, Alexa Kulousek, Monica Medina, Christine Hwang, Nafiri Kusumakaulika, Andrew Peterson, Helen Yin, Victor Li
And a big thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 Social Good Hackathon! We hope to see you again next year!
To see all the pictures from the 2018 Social Good Hackathon, click here