When a group of intelligent and creative minds put their heads together and try to solve challenging social issues, the results can be incredible – and that’s exactly what we saw this weekend at Girls in Tech Gibraltar’s first social innovation hackathon: Hacking for Humanity.
On the 18th and 19th September 2017, eight inspired and motivated teams got together at Supernatural in Gibraltar to hack social problems put forwards by the local community. There were three social initiatives that participants chose to work on: Childline, Animals in Need and Understanding Gibraltar.
All of the teams approached the problems in their own specific ways and the results were truly impressive. The hack was full-on and all of the teams worked tirelessly for the entire weekend with the aim of pitching their idea to our impressive panel of judges.
The judging panel was made up of Prof. Daniella Tilbury (Vice Chancellor and CEO – University of Gibraltar), Denise Matthews (CEO One Media & Events, Chapter Director Startup Grind Gibraltar), Gal Shapira (CIO Playtech), Paul Astengo (Senior Executive – Gibraltar Finance, HM Government of Gibraltar) and our very own Cristina Turbatu, the Managing Director of Girls in Tech Gibraltar. We were also lucky enough to be joined by The Hon Samantha Sacramento, Minister for Housing and Equality Gibraltar
The decision was tough, but in the end the first prize was awarded the ‘Stewie Griffin’ team with the idea of creating an anonymous help platform that would support Childline Gibraltar in their day to day calls. The two runners up were the ‘Minions’ team who developed a live call to text application and the ‘Ed, Edd and Eddie’ team who created a website that would encourage people to walk the stray dogs in their free time through the use of gamification.
The prizes up for grabs were impressive and we have the Government of Gibraltar to thank for these. First prize was £2,000, second prize was £1,300 and third prize was £700.
Huge thanks goes out to our other sponsors, particularly Gaming Innovation Group, Playtech, Gib Fibre, Colorworks, Supernatural and the World Trade Center Gibraltar. The continued support from all of you is what allows us to put on such incredible and exciting events and keep up the important work of encouraging girls and women to pursue technical careers and develop technical skills.
The next event for Girls in Tech Gibraltar is planned for early 2018 and we’ve already got several exciting things lined up for the first few months of the year. We’ll communicate the events closer to the time so keep an eye on our Facebook page and Website to make sure you don’t miss out.