GeekGirlMeetup & The GivingLab do Hack Days - aim to find new ways of giving with API's.

TheGivingLab continues it’s autumn collaborations with GeekGirlMeetup for two Hack Days at General Assembly on the 13+14th of October. Aiming to come up with new ways of giving with charity API’s and one launched idea by 2013, the Hack Days bring together talent in coding, ideas and design. WHY THE GIVING LABS API’S FOR NEW WAYS OF GIVING? Sometimes charity things can get a bit earnest and serious. We want our hack days to be creative wildcards that get deployed into the real world.

Eventbrite - GeekGirlMeetup Hackathon with The Giving LabThose new things could be new fundraising tools, charity betting apps, games, Facebook apps that harness social connections for good causes, or brand new products that deliver charitable benefits. Bringing different tones, modern branding and inspiration. There are no gimmicks, large prizes or freebies for attending – it’s all about making stuff people want, and that stuff making a difference.

SPORT A BADGE We just created a badge for all the participants to wear proudly on their blog or web. This is the code to use:

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WHO WILL PARTICIPATE? Developers, backend, UI/UX designers, designers, idea-makers of all creative sorts. Cross-disciplinary teams will be formed on location. Sign up here

PROGRAMME Upon arrival, the 50 female participants will be able to hear previous participants experience and inspiration, ideate new ideas, create groups and start working. The hack days will be facilitated with planned mentorship meetups to keep everyone up to speed and ensure no team is left behind. Eventbrite is sponsoring the lunch - yum! Time: Saturday 10:00-22:00, Sunday 10:00-17. More Prize and adress details: here.

API's Here are the two sets of API's that we support during the event. 

Hackathons run on adrenaline, we know that, the thrill is high and everybody aims to launch that app by next weekend. Well - thats is if wet wednesday doesn’t happen first, when you need to catch up with everything that you missed during the weekend from you “real life” and by friday your up to new adventures... Sounds familiar? Well, we’ve thought about that and that’s why we have chosen to actively support and award the winning team to launch their app/site/idea with a proper bootcamp from heaven to help you launch a track-recordable project to be proud of for a life time.

We are awarding the winners a bootcamp from heaven with:

  1. Cash prizes, nothing big, but enough to cover a few days work to complete and release the winning project.
  2. Education (by General Assembly) to help complete projects and to help market winning ideas.
  3. Coaching mentors, prior and after the event.
  4. A one year free pressroom from MyNewsdesk. Communicate that app, let the right tools do the work for you!

MENTORS Courtney Boyd Myers, Director of Audience Development for General Assembly in Europe focused on fortifying the future of technology through education.

Amy Whitney is an interaction designer currently working on where she is helping transform the way that Government Digital Services work. Before then she was working agency side designing Win 8, native and web applications for the likes of Vodafone and 02.

Robyn Exton is the founder of Dattch, a location based lesbian dating app. Before setting up Dattch, Robyn spent 5 years at global brand consultancy Calling Brands working on clients from large corporates such as Sainsburys and Holiday Inn to startups such as In-deed.

Sara Kelly is the Policy and Development Manager at Coadec. She works with hundreds of entrepreneurs to take the message of growth and vibrancy in the digital startup sector to Government. She campaigns on policy and regulatory issues that affect the tech sector in order to better inform parliamentarians on how to encourage tech startups to grow. Sara has previously worked for a PR consultancy where she led the company's digital communications, and for a current cabinet member.

Itxaso del Palacio Aguirre, PhD, teaches entrepreneurship at UCL; is the co-founder of Founders Fit; and is an investment analyst at EC1 Capital. She is passionate for mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs while setting up their own companies. She has worked with entrepreneurs in Spain, Silicon Valley and the UK.

RIGHTS TO APPS? The initiators and creators of the apps will be credited. All apps and code created will be licensed and released under a CC (creative commons) license for charitable use.

PRIZES We're really keen to make things happen in the real world. So I've managed to get some great prizes for teams that want to go beyond the weekend, use api's and get stuff released ....

1. £ 200 in cash - to take your team out for a great dinner (Thanks to ThoughtWorks) 2. Educational classes from Genreal Assembly to help you refine your idea. 3. A newsroom from MyNewsdesk to promote your project and make it a success.


The giving Lab hack days want to bring together groups of passionate people with a variety of skills in coding, business ideas, marketing and design to create radically new ways of giving, based on charity API's.

The Giving Lab is a initiative by the See The Difference (Registered Charity: 1127980), aiming to create new ways of giving to charities. We are supported by NESTA, Comic Relief, The Baring Foundation, Cabinet Office, Nominent Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Pears Foundation and Serene.  is a un-conference for women about web, code & startups, creating new female role models, networks and active knowledge exchange.


SPONSORS General Assembly is a global network of campuses for individuals seeking opportunity and education in technology, business, and design.




ThoughtWorks develop technology and sponsor the cash prizes for launched apps.

 MyNewsdesk - Your digital press-room online.

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