Newark will name women’s safety hackathon winner this Wednesday
by Andaiye Taylor/March 6, 2017
Newark’s Office of Technology will present a live showcase of this year’s Hackathon for Women’s Safety, where submissions from participants will be revealed and judged, and a competition winner announced.
This past November, Mayor Ras Baraka announced the launch of the #HackNWK series and the Hackathon for Women’s Safety. Developers were invited to participate, and were given three months to create a technology that will improve the safety of women in Newark.
The hackathon winner will receive $15,000 to build out their prototype for deployment on June 1, 2017, and then an additional $35,000 to maintain that system for one year.
Developers were asked to consider four areas in particular for their technologies: street safety, domestic violence, teen dating and evidence collection that can improve prosecution rates when violent incidents do occur. The Department of Health and Community Wellness and the Department of Public Safety are also parties to the competition.
The winner announcement will take place Wednesday, March 8th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at NAN Techworld (400 Hawthorne Avenue) and, according to the Office of Technology, will be the first of many opportunities for technology developers to apply their skills to enhancing Newarkers’ everyday lives and contribute to a “culture of innovation” in the city.
“Using technology to improve the lives of residents is what Newark 3.0 is all about,” said Mayor Baraka.Newark Chief Information Officer Seth Wainer added: “I am excited to see what kinds of solutions great minds can come up with.”
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