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This is a 2-day event conducted on the 7th and 8th of December, 2013. . for a social cause — women’s rights in India. More specifically, violence against women!

Welcome to the site for Delhi’s #Hack4Change! We’re a multimedia hackathon focused on using different forms to data to tell collaborative, innovative stories. This time, we’re going to be designing around data sets related to women’s rights in India.

1) What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a gathering where teams work together to create a tech product in a short period of time. Hackathons usually last a few days – like a weekend. While working on a particular project, the idea is for each participant to be have the ability and freedom to work on whatever he/she wants.

But, this hackathon is going to be slightly *different*. This hackathon is for a social cause — women’s rights in India. More specifically, violence against women.

Read more about hackathons for a social cause.

2) How long is this event?

This is a 2-day event conducted on the 7th and 8th of December, 2013.

3) What is this hackathon all about?

The hackathon will be organised as a part of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, which is a global event. The themes would be the issues of domestic violence, early marriage, gender biased sex selection, street sexual harassment and others. Participants can choose whatever area interests them.

4) Why are you organising a hackathon now?

We are organising a hackathon because we wanted to organise something as a part of 16 Days of activism against gender based violence. Also, Breakthrough and Hacks/hackers work closely with different aspects of technology for activism and journalism purposes respectively. With the anniversary of the horrific December gang rape coming up, we wanted to spread awareness about the extent of the challenges that women in India still face.

5) Do you have to be a hacker to take part in hackathon?

No. You do not have to be a hacker to be a part of this event. We’re looking for people who are interested in statistics, social research, media, and more.

6) Who can take part in this hackathon?

You can be a researcher, an activist, a journalist, a writer or just about anyone who is interested in contributing in this event. Since this is a thematic hackathon, we always need people with a nuanced understanding of gender issues and people with a host of other skills including writing, number crunching, research etc.

7) Do you have to be tech-saavy to take part in this hackathon?

Not really. If you are, it’s great, but it is not a compulsory requirement. Everyone will be working in groups. It will help if there are people with diverse skill sets.

8) What will we be doing if we take part in this event?

The participants will be divided into groups. Different types of data will be given to them including statistical datasets, audio files, video files, tweets etc. This group will then make sense of the data and come up with creative ways of visualising it.

9) What do you propose to do with the outcome of what is produced in this hackathon?

Whatever material is produced during this event will be under a creative commons license. Breakthrough will use the images as campaigning material. However, other organisations can use the infographics as well. We will also share them with others who are willing to showcase this work.

Breakthrough (an NGO that uses pop culture, media and technology to spread awareness about women’s rights) and Hacks/Hackers New Delhi (a group of journalists and coders) are teaming up to throw the multimedia #Hack4Change around women’s rights. We’re bringing a lot of data together and inviting you to come organize, visualize, and tell stories. We’ll have case studies, audio clips, video material and more from the Whypoll Foundation, data.gov.in, the World Bank, and others. You’ll work with a diverse group of people, learn innovative storytelling techniques, and create projects that spread awareness about a great cause!

What We’ll Make: Data visualizations, Videos, Interactive graphics and more.

Who: Anyone who’s interested. If you want to take a look at some of our talented group leaders, we’ve started putting up their profiles below. If you want to BE a group leader and guide a team through this project, write to shobha (AT) breakthrough.tv.

Group Leaders

If you want to take a look at some of our talented group leaders, we’ve started putting up their profiles here. If you want to BE a group leader and guide a team through this project, write to shobha (AT) breakthrough.tv.

Rohini Lakshané

Rohini Lakshané

About Rohini: Rohini Lakshané is a former technology journalist and the editor of EroTICs India. She is a long-time Wikimedian and the Chairperson of the Special Interest Group for the Gender gap project at Wikimedia Chapter (India).

Surendran Balachandran

Surendran Balachandran

Surendran works with Change.org as a campaigner. His areas of interest include online advocacy, free and open source software and public data. He would like to lead and work with a team of designers/programmers to create infographics or web-based interactive infographics that will present the data in better way to the end user and organisations.

Konark Modi

Konark Modi

Konark Modi is a strong people’s person, who looks forward towards engaging work that requires him to work towards defining new perspectives and new technologies. He is currently working at MakeMyTrip.com with the website operations and DWH / BI team.

Neil Holt

Neil Holt

Neil Holt has worked to produce data-driven, interactive journalism pieces for CNN-IBN since arriving in Delhi this September. His undergraduate work in science taught him the true value of data analysis, and his graduate studies in interactive journalism at Northwestern University emphasized effective communication for public consumption. He’s excited to be a part of his first hackathon and to work with a new medium – audio.

Noopur Raval – Wikimedia Group Leader

Noopur Raval – Wikimedia Group Leader

At the hackathon: Noopur will lead a group to investigate Wikipedia and collaborative media generation. They’ll create and load collaboratively edited stories, and explore media representation of crimes against women in the wiki-verse.

About Noopur: Noopur Raval crawls the interwebs to produce accounts of techno-cultures. She is currently pursuing her M.Phil in Cinema Studies at JNU, New Delhi. Her thesis revolves around understanding new religious publics in India through their interactions with media technologies. She has previously worked with the Wikimedia Foundation and the Center for Internet & Society, Bangalore to promote Wikipedia contribution in Indian languages. She is passionate about Open Source technology, free knowledge, education and travel.

Organised By

Breakthrough

Breakthrough

Breakthrough: Breakthrough (www.breakthrough.tv) is a global human rights organization seeking to make violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable. Working out of centres in India and the U.S., we use the power of arts, media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action to build a world in which all people live with dignity, equality, and justice.

Hacks Hackers

Hacks Hackers

Hacks/Hackers: Hacks/Hackers (http://hackshackers.com/blog/tag/new-delhi/) is an international grassroots organization at the intersection of news and technology. Our members include journalists, developers, designers, product managers, entrepreneurs, students, and more. In New Delhi, we host expert presentations, skills workshops and group discussions focused on the latest trends/challenges in digital journalism.

Partners

91 Springboard

91 Springboard

Wikimedia India

Wikimedia India

Mozilla

Mozilla

Gramvaani

Gramvaani

Data.Gov.in

Data.Gov.in

Medianama

Medianama

Datameet

Datameet

WhyPoll

WhyPoll

Women in free software and culture

Women in free software and culture

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