UNited We Hack

August 15th and 16th, 2015

A Hackathon to Promote Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment for Women Around the Globe.

About UNited We Hack

Globally, women’s earnings are, on average, 24 percent less than men’s, and even in developed countries —where policies are increasingly supportive of female employment— women on average earn just half as much income as men over their lifetimes.  The contrast is even starker in developing countries.

How can we use innovation to benefit women financially and economically around the world?

 On August 15th and 16th, join us at Microsoft Singapore for a 24 hour hackathon to innovate in the field of women’s financial and economic empowerment.  This hackathon is open to men and women who are interested in using the latest API’s to create cutting edge solutions around gender equity and financial equality.

Pre-Hackathon Meetup

August 13th, 2015 from 8pm – 10pm Singapore Time.

The information session will be hosted via WebEx.  All developers, designers and entrepreneurs are invited to join as we propose the hackathon challenge, introduce the technology and answer any questions to help ensure an amazing hackathon.

Here is how you log in:

1.  Download all WebEx Software, if you haven’t done so already, http://www.webex.com/

2.  Click on the link below and follow instructions:

Meeting number: 191 497 376
Meeting password: This meeting does not require a password.
Audio Connection: +1-415-655-0001 US TOLL

Attendees will have access to partner API’s which will help guide them in creating viable prototypes to help thousands of women. Some of the challenges that participants can attempt to solve at the hackathon include:

Financial Literacy

Hack a solution that will help women and girls gain insight into spending, saving, loans, investments and other aspects of personal finance. The top idea in this category will receive a $500 cash prize and receive 3-month mentorship and in-field support from Next Billion.

Micro Lending

Hack a solution that allows women to gain access to basic financial services, such as credit and deposit-taking through microfinancing options. The top idea in this category will receive a $500 cash prize and receive 3-month mentorship and in-field support from Next Billion.

Crime & Abuse Reporting

Hack a solution that allows a women to report crime and abuse anonymously and securely. The winner in this category will receive a $500 cash prize and 3 months mentorship by UN Women Singapore.

Tell Her Story

Hack a solution that allows women to tell their own stories through media and the digital arts. The winner in this category will receive a $500 cash prize and 3 months mentorship by UN Women Singapore.

  • 9:00 am – Doors Open
  • 10:00 am – Registration
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Coding Begins
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 12:00 am – Midnight Snack
  • 8:00 am – Breakfast
  • 11:30 am – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Submission Deadline
  • 2:00 pm – Judging
  • 4:00 pm – Awards
  • 5:00 pm – Closing
Rules & Judging Criteria
  • Fresh Code – to keep things fair, all teams start coding at the same time
  • Ownership & IP – all teams own the code they create
  • Team Size – Teams up to 5 people
  • Submission – All projects need to be listed by Sunday at 1PM
  • Participation Agreement: please read and sign agreement
  • Respect Each Other & Have Fun!
  • Simplicity (5 points): Is the application simple to use and can the team explain it clearly in three sentences or less?
  • Creativity (5 points): How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution for the challenge?
  • Impact (5 points): Did the team create an application that can have a real and valuable impact?
  • Design (5 points): Was the UX/UI intuitive and appealing?

The best idea from the hack will receive:

4 weeks access to the mentorship programme + community & network boost from StartupBootCamp Fintech

A $500 pre-paid card thanks to MasterCard

A $500 cash prize

The second best idea from the hack will receive:

A $500 cash prize

Patsian Low

Patsian Low

Senior Vice President, Head of DBS Foundation at DBS Bank Ltd
Ayla Soriano

Ayla Soriano

Designer, Newton Circus
Bee Kheng Tay

Bee Kheng Tay

Vice President and General Manager HP Software Asia Pacific and Japan
Mrinalini Venkatachalam

Mrinalini Venkatachalam

Head, Public Awareness and Youth Initiatives Singapore Committee for UN Women
Tobias Puehse

Tobias Puehse

Senior Business Leader, Innovation Management at MasterCard
Markus Gnirck

Markus Gnirck

Co-founder & Global COO Startupbootcamp FinTech


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