What is a hackathon?
Our reader may or may not be familiar with the concept of a Hackathon.
Before holding the first info session, we figured out that many people involved in GBV are not familiar with Hackathon’s concept, purpose and the way it is conducted. To make the entire journey of implementing the project and achieving the best results, we decided to organize a couple of info sessions and also impact the Hackathon culture in Armenia.
A Hackathon is a 24 hour event, competition, brainstorming that brings together field enthusiasts to work on possible solutions regarding a particular issue and after 24 hours pitch their solutions. In our case it was of course finding mobile application solutions to contribute to the prevention of gender based violence.
What is the importance of an info session?
Providing online guidance about what a program is about and what are the goals is surely effective, but face to face Q&A is necessary to satisfy possible participants’ curiosity.
On December 3rd, 2018 Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF) in partnership with Innovative Solutions and Technologies Center (ISTC) held an information session for interested participants. During the information session, ISTC’s manager Areg Gevorgyan who is also one of the organizers of the Hackathon and EIF’s director Bagrat Yengibaryan presented Geeks against GBV Hackathon’s main principles and goals. They also answered participants’ questions encouraging them to bring their innovative ideas to the Hackathon that will be held for 24 hours on December 15,16 at the Engineering City .
ISTC organized another info session on December 13, during which GBV expert and Hackathon organizers answered interested participants’ question. They will also be present during the Hackathon to provide their guidance to the participants regarding the five specidifc GBV issues : Violence Against Women, GBV Analytics, Sexual Violence Against Children, Sexual Education, Virtual Sexual Abuse.
The second info session during which GBV expert Jina Sargizova shared her experience in the field and answered teams’ questions regarding the data availability in Armenia and possible prevention applications. Even after the discussion multiple participants approached Mrs. Sargizova to share their ideas and possible solutions to the issue. They were motivated and assured to attend the upcoming Hackathon.