Twitter Hosting Mobile Apps Hackathon

By Mary C. Long 

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 9.52.09 AMTwitter, Women Who Code and Gucci’s Chime for Change are hosting a mobile apps hackathon in San Francisco this week.

The three-day event, called ChimeHack, kicks off with a welcome reception on Thursday evening, in partnership with TEDWomen (their 2013 event takes place across Wednesday and Thursday, and you can take a look at their program here).

Team-building, dinner, API talks and work sessions are scheduled for Friday evening, with work continuing throughout Saturday. The hacking stops at 5pm, and is followed by judging and an award ceremony in the evening.

The aim of the event is to create mobile app solutions that help women and girls around the world, and to celebrate the power of women in tech. The challenges — designed by Chime for Change, UN Women, UNICEF, Vital Voices and Riders for Health — are as follows:

UN Women

Create a configurable platform that women can use to assess and enhance their career skills in a specific field.


Create a gamified mobile app for young children to use with their parents. The app must take digital payments.

Vital Voices

Create an app to track the progress and achievements of individual women leaders, with info that can be shared online to inform and inspire others.

Riders for Health

Create a mapping application to help Last Mile Health find and reach remote villages.

Chime for Change


A $10,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winning team in each category so they can continue work on their solution — that’s a total of $50,000 worth of girl power.

Interested? Too bad — submissions closed yesterday. If it makes you feel any better, you needed to have been invited or sent in a successful application, so you might not have made the cut anyway. But it’s a bummer that many folks heard of this AFTER it was too late to submit. Maybe “mindreading” is a pre-qualifier as well?

Mark your calendars for next year!