The goal of this event was to support the Equal Futures App Challenge, a challenge to create apps that inspire girls and young women to become leaders in our democracy. This challenge is in response to President Obama’s call to countries around the world to politically and economically empower women and girls. Seventeen girls from the Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., and the National Girls Collaborative Project worked with nineteen prominent women coders and designers (and one brave man!) to start developing and designing apps that inspire girls to run for office (either in school today or one day as adults), engage with their elected officials, learn how to become more effective leaders, and more.
During the codeathon the girls were inspired by guest speakers and facilitators Bonnie Shaw, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University; Emily Tavoulareas, Creative Strategist at iStrategyLabs; Jessica Grounds, Executive Director of Running Start; Clare Bresnahan, Programs Director for She Should Run; and Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer – all of whom spoke about the importance of bringing more women into political leadership positions and how we can use technology to help achieve that goal.
With this in mind, teams of coders, designers, and girls put their heads together and came up with nine great app ideas:
We were excited to see these apps begin to take shape – and we look forward to seeing the finished apps when they are submitted to the Challenge in January.
We are also excited to announce that leaders of organizations that focus on women’s political participation – as well as an accomplished user interface expert – have offered to provide feedback on any app draft/concept submitted to equalfutures.challenge.gov by January 1, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT. Click here to submit your screen shots for feedback.
To allow people to take advantage of this offer, we have extended the deadline for final submissions to this Challenge to January 19th at 12:00am EDT (and applicants who submit their drafts for review by January 1 will receive feedback by January 7 to allow them to incorporate it into their apps before they submit them as final).
So... get coding!
Sarah Hurwitz is a Senior Advisor to the Council on Women and Girls
Brian Forde is the Senior Advisor to the U.S. CTO for Mobile and Data Innovation.