A hackathon to develop codes for solving social issues

A hackathon is a challenging and fun-filled experience for software developers to come up with an application or product within a day or two. Not surprisingly, in the last few years, hackathons in the city have had the tech world excited. Here’s one on its way — with a difference.

The Google Developers Group (GDG), Chennai Chapter, will be conducting a hackathon with the theme Code For A Cause. Developers are invited to code an application that will help solve a social issue in the city; the ideas come from the public.

Ask Karthik K, manager of GDG, what inspired the team with this idea, and he says, “There are so many talented geeks here who can put technology to use for a better living. Code For A Cause is a platform that bridges the gap between the public and the developers to work towards solving a simple day-to-day problem. We were also inspired by the recently held Google+ Photowalk where we captured the life and the interesting happenings of the street. We saw so many civic issues and social causes neglected.”

It is going to be a two-month process — from collecting ideas from the public to creating awareness for the event. Karthik says, “People can submit ideas for apps that target issues such as health, education and transport. Developers will select a few ideas and develop the apps either individually or in small teams.”

One of the exciting aspects of the event is the venue. “Generally hackathons are conducted indoors, but this time we are going to hold it in an interesting venue,” says Karthik.

(For details, visit at http://codeforcause.gdgchennai.com).