1)What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a gathering where teams work together to create a tech product in a short period of time. Hackathons usually last a few days – like a weekend. While working on a particular project, the idea is for each participant to be have the ability and freedom to work on whatever he/she wants.

But, this hackathon is going to be slightly *different*. This hackathon is for a social cause — women’s rights in India.

Read more about hackathons for a social cause.

2) How long is this event?

This is a 2-day event conducted on the 7th and 8th of December, 2013.

3) What is this hackathon all about?

The hackathon will be organised as a part of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, which is a global event. The themes would be the issues of domestic violence, early marriage, gender biased sex selection, street sexual harassment and others. Participants can choose whatever area interests them.

4) Why are you organising a hackathon now?

We are organising a hackathon because we wanted to organise something as a part of 16 Days of activism against gender based violence. Also, Breakthrough and Hacks/hackers work closely with different aspects of technology for activism and journalism purposes respectively. With the anniversary of the horrific December gang rape coming up, we wanted to spread awareness about the extent of the challenges that women in India still face.

5) Do you have to be a hacker to take part in a hackathon?

No. You do not have to be a hacker to be a part of this event. We’re looking for people who are interested in statistics, social research, media, and more.

6) Who can take part in this hackathon?

You can be a researcher, an activist, a journalist, a writer or just about anyone who is interested in contributing in this event. Since this is a thematic hackathon, we always need people with a nuanced understanding of gender issues and people with a host of other skills including writing, number crunching, research etc.

7) Do you have to be tech-saavy to take part in this hackathon?

Not really. If you are, it’s great, but it is not a compulsory requirement. Everyone will be working in groups. It will help if there are people with diverse skill sets.

8) What will we be doing if we take part in this event?

The participants will be divided into groups. Different types of data will be given to them including statistical datasets, audio files, video files, tweets etc. This group will then make sense of the data and come up with creative ways of visualising it.

9) What do you propose to do with the outcome of what is produced in this hackathon?

Whatever material is produced during this event will be under a creative commons license. Breakthrough will use the images as campaigning material. However, other organisations can use the infographics as well. We will also share them with others who are willing to showcase this work.

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