Spark Corps Hacks the Violence

Over the weekend, Spark Corps designers Allie, Aaron, and Veronica had the chance to take part in Hack the Violence – an interdisciplinary hackathon aiming to help college students bring their ideas for combating violence to life. The ultimate goal of the event was to help reduce violence by 40% by 2020. 

The entire hackathon group after completing our final pitches

The entire hackathon group after completing our final pitches

The hackathon, organized by Goodie Nation, took place over the course of 2 days, and consisted of 9 teams competing for awards ranging from cash prizes to drones. Each team was made up of 1 or more "founders", who had previously developed an idea to help tackle violence, and a group of "hackers" with skills in graphic design, UX/UI, web design, and marketing. The event concluded with each group pitching their ideas featuring clickable prototypes, landing pages, marketing, and revenue strategies. Spark Corps' designers were able to contribute the graphic and branding work to their respective teams. 

Working hard to #hacktheviolence

Working hard to #hacktheviolence

Feelings

Among the winning teams were both of Spark Corps' Design Apprentices. Veronica's team, Feelings, took second place and won $500! The app allows elementary school children to be able to express their feelings each day, and also alerts parents and teachers of mental health warning signs. 

Veronica and the Feelings team after taking second place!

Veronica and the Feelings team after taking second place!

Step N Spot

Aaron's team, Step N Spot, was awarded MVP and won a drone! The app combines neighborhood watch groups with fitness tracking and code violation reporting. The goal is to discourage criminals by increasing foot traffic and by creating an overall atmosphere of order and lawfulness in each neighborhood.

Aaron and the Step N Spot team after winning a drone as MVP!

Aaron and the Step N Spot team after winning a drone as MVP!

Break Thru

Allie's team, Break Thru, created a website that aims to reduce workplace violence by providing an anonymous forum with tips on how to deal with work related stress.

Allie and the Break Thru team showing off their hard work!

Allie and the Break Thru team showing off their hard work!

Overall, the hackathon was a great experience for us here at Spark Corps. It's really inspiring to see the amazing quality of work that a small dedicated group of people is capable of creating in such a short amount of time. We're all looking forward to seeing the impact that all of these great ideas will undoubtedly have in the near future.