When I first heard about Devs Without Borders, they were hiring for a Marketing Lead. This position would be part of a newly formed team responsible for producing a new annual hackathon for international development among other projects and events. I immediately got to work on polishing my resume and getting my application in order. It looked like a great opportunity to pair my skills with a great cause.
I have been involved with Devs Without Borders for a few months now. As the Marketing Lead, I get to work on projects that will ultimately affect positive change in the world.
The first planned event is the Break Poverty Hackathon. For 25 hours over one weekend in late November, developers in Toronto will be working with teams on the ground in Nairobi Kenya to create apps (Mobile Web, SMS, and hardware) for people in developing countries. These apps will help people in rural and impoverished areas around the world, whose only access to technology, communication, and knowledge is through their mobile phone.
Free the Children has come on board as our Charity Event Partner. They will be lending their support by providing case studies to participants as well as testing the winning app through their Adopt a Village program in Kenya.
Though other international development hackathons have taken place in Canada before, this is the first time teams in Toronto will be working directly with teams in Nairobi during the weekend. By everyone working together, teams will be able to provide better practical solutions.
If you would like to learn more about Break Poverty Hackathon, visit devswithoutborders.org/breakpoverty.