Gender-Based Violence hackathon in Port-au-Prince

Originally posted at Digital-Democracy’s website.

Apply to join Digital Democracy for a Hackathon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from November 8-12, 2012.  We are inviting American and Haitian developers & designers to address these questions and support the inspiring work of Haitian women’s organization KOFAVIV. For over 8 years, KOFAVIV has provided critical, life-saving services to survivors of rape & gender-based violence.

With generous support from Abundance Foundation and partners ESIH (Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haïti) & Willow Brugh of Geeks Without Bounds, the Hackathon is focused on developing tools to help scale the impact of our current systems in two areas, resulting in three outputs that will dramatically improve the work of our partners.

Last fall, Dd & local partner KOFAVIV launched Haiti’s first Emergency Response Hotline for Gender Based Violence (GBV). In May, 2012, the hotline transitioned to 24 hour service and currently provides women survivors of violence free access to information on services for medical, legal and psychosocial care in Port-au-Prince. In order for the Call Center to serve national clients, operators need easy access to a map of resources outside of the Port-au-Prince area.

Hackathon goal:
•  Build a web platform to map/aggregate information on service providers throughout the country. Skills in SMS, GIS, and Drupal are especially useful.

Since 2010, Dd has worked with local partners to develop a cloud-based database to digitize information on incidents of violence. The system currently includes 50+ points of data on over 900 reports of rape and domestic violence in Haiti between 2010 and 2012. KOFAVIV is seeking to improve their ability to use data to advocate for increased security for Haitian women & girls.

Hackathon goal:
•  Develop live data visualization to generate visual monthly reports on cases received by local partners. Skills in Drupal, design, dynamic code, especially useful.
•  Identify new trends in existing data and develop creative ways to visualize data for advocacy and outreach. Skills in design, big data, and community engagement especially useful.

Join us!

If you or someone you know has skills in the following and would be interested in participating, please submit an application here ( by October 9, 2012. Specifically, we’re looking for participants skilled in:

  • Drupal
  • Front end design
  • Graphic design
  • Dynamic code
  • Dataviz
  • Big data
  • Mapping / GIS

Participation includes Hackathon, travel, lodging, food and transport in country. All logistics taken care of by Digital Democracy. Estimated total travel and accomodation per participant is $5,000 with some scholarships available. For more information, about attending as a participant email Emilie Reiser – ereiser(at)digital-democracy(dot)org.

Become a Sponsor!

Help make the Hackathon possible. We are looking for premier sponsors as well as scholarship sponsors to help bring the right participants to the Hackathon. To discuss potential sponsorship, contact Emily Jacobi – ejacobi(at)digital-democracy(dot)org.