GlobalHack Announces Winners of Immigration/Refugee Hackathon

GlobalHack Announces Winners of Immigration/Refugee Hackathon

October 18, 2018 (ST. LOUIS) – This past weekend GlobalHack, a tech-for-good nonprofit, organized a weekend-long software competition to benefit individuals who are foreign-born. The event was held at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University. On Friday evening, participant teams were given four possible ‘focus areas’ to build their software projects around. These areas included employment, navigating resources and systems, capturing lived experiences, and finding community.

The hackathon drew 712 participants and over 100 final teams from across the United States.

The winning teams and projects are:

PRO DIVISION WINNERS

Arryved (St. Louis, MO)1st Place, Pro Division ($25,000)
Arryved is a community-based app that opens doors to events, jobs, and housing in your new home city.

Atlas (San Francisco, CA)2nd Place, Pro Division (15,000)
Atlas helps foreign-born immigrant end-users explore new areas within their new city using augmented reality.

2Flags (St. Louis, MO) 3rd Place, Pro Division ($10,000)
2Flags is an easy-to-use website that lets immigrants ask and answer questions and create guides for others who have gone through similar situations. This yields a freely available, centralized library that has a wealth of information about any specific immigration problem. Team members included employees from a local game company, Butterscotch Shenanigans.

COLLEGE DIVISION WINNERS

ConnectUS (New York, NY)1st Place, College Division ($15,000)
ConnectUS connects immigrants to communities and brings isolated communities together using multi-platform based AI. Team members included students from SUNY – Stony Brook.

Cultural Inclusiveness Project (Highland Heights, KY) – 2nd Place, College Division ($10,000)
CIP helps remove the boundaries between non-citizens and Americans looking to create a safer transition into modern society. Their app allows non-citizens and new citizens to connect and share their culture and experiences with existing residents. Team members included students from Northern Kentucky University (NKU).

Compass (St. Louis, MO)3rd Place, College Division ($5,000)
Compass aims to help immigrants and refugees with the often difficult employment process, and also provides easy-to-understand financial resources.

YOUTH DIVISION WINNERS

communiTEEN (St. Louis, MO)1st Place, Youth Division ($10,000)
communiTEEN increases the quality of life for teenagers who are new to the United States. Life for teen citizens of the USA is already hard enough. Let’s make it better for the new ones.

CAPSLock (Overland Park, KS)2nd Place, Youth Division ($5,000)
The United Compass Project takes stories from recent immigrants and community members to build an interactive map that showcases journeys and experiences to bring awareness and appreciation of the diversity of immigrants’ stories. By painting a picture of a diverse community, immigrants are encouraged to find a sense of belonging in a community that shares similar experiences with them. Team members included students enrolled in the Blue Valley CAPS program.

AILA (Edwardsville, IL)3rd Place, Youth Division ($2,500)
AILA allows immigrants to find the best city/area for them based on profession, income, and ethnicity. Team members included students from Edwardsville High School.

BEST TEAM SPIRIT PRIZE

Huh?! (Rolla, MO) – Best Team Spirit Prize ($2,500)
Our app connects users to a map which shows events of other cultures and gives information on the immigrant-friendliness of businesses. Team members included students from Missouri S&T.

ABOUT GLOBALHACK

GlobalHack drives social impact through technology. We organize events that kickstart community-focused software projects and deliver accessible computer science education opportunities for kids. Learn more at www.globalhack.org.

ABOUT SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution with campuses in St. Louis, Mo. and Madrid, Spain. SLU values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. For nearly 200 years, the University has gone beyond teaching facts and figures, encouraging students to form ideas and identities. Today, SLU students are more than 13,000 strong, seeking to mold their lives into something stronger. Learn more at www.slu.edu.

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