The key objective is to tackle issues and innovate, to solve some of the issues focusing on Education faced by girls and women in our society. At Hack4Her, WEP-India’s goal is to encourage change and solution driven mindset. The Hackathon is designed to roll out in two phases, where the 1st phase was conducted online out of which best teams will be shortlisted for the main event which will conclude with phase 2 offline finale. The online hackathon which just recently concluded with a record-breaking number of 2000 plus registration on their platform. The 2 – day Hackathon was conducted among the finalists who have been shortlisted from the online submissions on 4th and 5th of November’17.The winners for the Hack4Her Hackathon event conducted on November 4 and November 5, 2017, are Anthony Cote – Game Designer and Media Hacker from France &
Aprurva Raj – Entrepreneur from Gujarat, India.
Technologists, designers, and innovators with great social insights have come aboard for this hackathon together to build technology-based solutions. The hackathon will bring in both tangible and intangible value in the complex and diverse ecosystem in India. Speaking about the idea of the hackathon and its impact on women’s education, Shruthi Dinkar, Director – WEP India said, “Women’s Education Project India conceptualized the idea of Hack4Her in the context of some real challenges faced by a woman to pursue her education in India. Here, we are talking about women in rural parts of the country who drop out due to various socio-economic reasons. By addressing some of the resolvable challenges, through this hackathon, we are taking baby steps to ensure our women in the coming generations don’t drop out of schools and colleges for reasons that could have been just a hack away. This hackathon is one step closer to making a woman self-reliant and independently empowered through education.” The winning team will be entitled to an acceleration program facilitated by Rhok India and the prize will be awarded a by WEP India.
Solutions for the following issues will be explored during this hackathon
- Female literacy in India stands at just 65.46% (2011 census) when the world average is 79.7%. Furthermore, the school dropout rate amongst adolescent Indian girls is 63.5%, which means that most girls going to school right now will gradually fallout from the education fold and may get into employment or family life even when their education stands at bay. Through technology, we want to provide girls access to online educational materials including a need-based helpline, with information on their rights.
- Build capacities of select girls to act as tutors in Kishori sanghas. Link sanghas to each other through technology to create peer support. Tutors across sanghas can provide academic assistance to each other.
- How we do we tilt that desire to be a part of education institutions which promote education towards women? Institutional infrastructure – where the best go to rest, leftovers come to women-specific institutions. A Co-ed school most likely gets better infrastructure, teachers and it is multi-fold. One way is an attitudinal shift to make the change and we want to use technology to aid the change in mindset to provide better institutional infrastructure. We are looking for tangible platforms which could nurture the skills of girls as well as speak of their capabilities
- Women’s Education Project is a looking to make the ‘I am Leader’ program online. While the obvious solution is put together LMS, what we are focused to arrive at is a platform where students have a progression to each theme of the program namely – Health, Finance, Civics, Environmental Science etc. from the time they join the program. And, to build a platform where users can log in from any part of the world and learn. Technology will aid in qualifying this to make it more interesting
- Getting better involvement of the alumnae in the form of mentoring, sharing of employment opportunities and networking
Chinmayi – RHoK India said, “We believe access to education is a very important part of the empowerment of women. Access to education for women in India has complex dependencies deeply embedded in the social fabric. We believe that innovative methodologies like a hackathon can present some tangible solutions to these issues. Hence, we are partnering on this event to see how it is possible to build interventions through technology. We think any effort to make this possible is worth all the support and RHoK India is a very proud partner of the event.”
Speaking of this association with WEP-India, Dipti Tandon, Product Head, TechGig said, “We are excited to partner with Women’s Education Project and Random Hacks of Kindness, India for Hack4Her. At TechGig, we strongly believe in making women the forefront of all endeavors. We have the Geek Goddess series where we celebrate the feats of women coders exclusively. We are hopeful that Hack4Her will give light to many ideas that will boost tech solutions to enhance women education.”