Blog Article 30 Sep 2019
Girls in Tech - Hacking for Humanity
Girls in Tech - Hacking for Humanity

Coral Movasseli, Managing Director, Girls in Tech Dublin


For two and a half days, between May 24-26, we at Girls in Tech Dublin put together the first women in tech hackathon in Ireland! Hacking for Humanity was a monumental and historic moment for women.
 
As a leading global women in tech and female entrepreneurship organisation based in San Francisco, we work to move the dial further each time. We promote equality in tech by designing and delivering proprietary programs. One of those programs is Hacking for Humanity, a hack for good, where we present hackers with business challenges from local charities and they build digital solutions.
 
Having delivered the program over 125k+ times globally we wanted to show our might here in Ireland, and so we did. We gave away €4,000 in cash prizes with a free desk space at The Digital Hub and sold out with 85 hackers. We ensured that education was at the pinnacle of this hackathon by delivering over 5 workshops on pertinent subject matters to assist the hackers; unleashed over 20 cross-industry mentors; and industry insights from 20+ speakers on panels.
 

“This Girls In Tech Dublin hackathon was unique and important as it joins together volunteers from variety of business backgrounds, mentors and investors. As a result, teams learn how to work together, formulate and defend their business solution and get an idea if what it would take to pitch the idea to the board seeking funding”.

 
The Hackahton had keynotes to empower and inspire women to keep going and believe in themselves. The notable speakers were:
  • Brenda Romero, CEO, Romero Games;
  • Linda Doyle, Dean of Research, Trinity College University;
  • Cecilia Mourain, Director of Retail Product & Innovation, Paddy Power Betfair;
  • Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO, The Digital Hub;
  • Caroline Keeling, CEO, Keelings; and
  • Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State, The Department of Higher Education.
The three Irish charities we partnered with included: The Dublin Simon Community; ONE Foundation; and ReCreate Ireland. All came along with unique business challenges, ranging from leveraging technology to better manage data, optimizing efficiencies in operations, to improving stakeholder management. The Top Hack went to team “Feel Your Impact” which received €2,000 for their digital application solution that helps ReCreate Ireland with supplier management. As of now, two of the charities have reported to implementing solutions from the hackathon into their business.

The overall experience at the Girls In Tech Dublin hackathon was amazing. I couldn’t of done it without the team I was in. They were a bunch of very talented people who brought their skills together to come up with a great solution and taught me a lot.

 
We are very proud of all the hackers - 40% of whom had never done anything like it before! They believed in us and have now made friends for life in this unique and unforgettable experience. We are even ever more humbled for the support we received from the community at large. We couldn’t have done it without the loving support from Paddy Power Betfair, our main Sponsor; the IDA, our industry sponsor; The Digital Hub our gracious host; and the 3 charities that let us into their business. Thank you.
 
To paraphrase Brenda Romero this Hackathon was especially important because it sends the wavelengths, that this is possible and it opens the floodgates for bigger and greater things to happen. We are trailblazing and redefining what is possible. The impact is real. We can’t wait for what’s coming next. Can you? 
 
You can find Girls in Tech Dublin at the next mentorship program on October 17 and November 21st, see more here.
 
 

Who is Girls in Tech: 

Girls in Tech is a global non-profit organisation. Initially launched in San Francisco by Founder and CEO, Adriana Gascoigne, as a forum for women in Silicon Valley. It has since grown to over 45 chapters worldwide with over 62,000+ members. Our mission is to empower, educate, and engage women in STEM & entrepreneurship. We deliver our mission through proprietary programs.
 
In Dublin we launched in March 2017 under the leadership of Coral Movasseli and are composed of a team of Rockstars!
 

About the author:

Coral Movasseli is the Managing Director of Girls in Tech Dublin (GITD), a dedicated platform for women-in-tech and entrepreneurs. She created GITD in 2016 and it has since grown to be the largest organization of its kind in the country. Passionate about making an impact in the world, Coral started her career on route to becoming a Canadian diplomat. After completing her Masters of Science at the London School of Economics, her trajectory moved her to advising large private equity funds in London. A techie problem solver at heart, Coral co-founded a mobile transit app for Toronto’s transportation system to remove friction points for users. On weekends you can find her lifting an Olympic barbell and baking sourdough loaves.


 

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