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WINGS Atlanta Plugs Into Goodie Hack
Posted by 216f on March 10, 2015 · Flag
During the last weekend in February, WINGS Atlanta was a part of Goodie Hack,a mashup of the technology world, social good universe, and communities of color. During this 24-hour hackathon event, held at Google’s Atlanta headquarters, techies and non-tech folks collaborated on actionable solutions involving technology to solve problems presented by nonprofit organizations that work with underserved communities.
Each nonprofit presented an organizational challenge and was assigned a team of hackathoners to work on a technical solution. WINGS presented two issues: 1) that we need a database for WINGSLeaders at different school locations to be able to share pictures, anecdotes, and best practices; and 2) a solution to keep our WINGS kids engaged in SEL during the summer months when they are not in WINGS.
Our great volunteer team was comprised of professionals from different backgrounds, including a web developer, software developer, an educator, and a marketing manager. Calling themselves the Wingineers, our WINGS hackathon team worked for almost 24 hours and came up with two great solutions: a WordPress based system that would allow WINGS leaders to communicate curriculum games and activities to each other, and a great game app that WINGS kids can access anywhere that will reinforce the SEL lessons that they use during the school year and give them virtual WINGS tickets that they will be able to use once they return to school.
WINGS was able to introduce itself to the Atlanta technical community and also walk away with some useable technology solutions that can better help us serve WINGS kids year round. It was exciting to be a part of Goodie Hack!
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commented 2015-03-20 14:41:45 -0400
This is very cool! Great partnership between WINGS and the Google team!