The First Social Hackathon of Southamerica

03 Sep The First Social Hackathon of Southamerica

The First Social Hackathon in South America: Bogotá, September 5-7

For immediate release.

Media Contact: Aurora Chiste

San Francisco, CA- Hack for Big Choices is announcing today the first Social Hackathon in South America. Joint forces with World Tech Makers, on September 5, in Bogotá, we will give the opportunities to those people who believe that through the use of their talents they can improve the state of the country by building innovative projects that solve problems such us as:  transportation, metabolism syndrome, sexually transmitted diseases, consumer traffic management, food safety, education in remote areas, among others. You can find the entire list here.

According to the GEM, 68% of the Colombian population perceives startup opportunities and 58% perceives capabilities to start a business but there is a lack of sustainability.

“With the first social hackathon in South America we want to leverage the potential and talent of already existing entrepreneurs and young professionals by  guiding them to use their experience and skills to start new businesses focused on those challenges that are hindering Colombia’s growth. says Aurora Chiste, CEO and co-founder of Hack for Big Choices.

Hack for Big Choices wants to accelerate the process of transforming a Colombian efficiency-driven economy into a more innovation-driven economy to maximize the potential of every single citizen. Therefore we have partnered up with World Tech Makers, which is pioneering  an education model that narrows the existing gap between technology savvy workers and organizations seeking those who are prepared.

In Colombia, the country where World Tech Makers is launching its program, civil war has had tremendous negative repercussions in the society. Bearing this in mind and knowing the impact technology and education can have in the lives of people or social systems, we are inviting citizens from all corners of the world to participate in the first social hackathon taking place in South America.

“As Latin Americans having lived in the United States for many years, creating possibilities of change is extremely attractive. We are convinced that by bringing local talents together and providing them a set of guidelines, resources and tools, we can contribute to solving the most urgent problems through technology. We expect that impact  to generate hundreds of ripple effects.”  said Ilana Milkes, CEO and co-founder of World Tech Makers.

The hackathon will follow the Hack for Big Choices format: the purpose is to have global impact through local solutions. Hackers will focus on finding innovative solutions for the challenges that Colombia is facing related to healthcare, education and design & technology.

Local Partners include: Eforces, Ministry of Technology IT, ICT, Information and Communications Technologies


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Tickets for the hackathon available here



About Hack for Big Choices

Hack for Big Choices is a worldwide movement empowering people to solve local problems related to healthcare, design & technology, and education.

We believe that change occurs when individuals come together and make the Big choice to use their talent, passion, and experience to solve real problems affecting them, and their communities. Transformation is an incremental process, so we encourage the participation of every individual, at every skill level, to push the world in the right direction. The sum of such parts, will always lead to a greater whole.

Through a series of events and hackathons around the world we provide the opportunity for  the next generation of dreamers to come together, hope, and execute to have an impact on their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries, and their planet.

Hack for Big Choices is a non-profit 501c3 organization based in San Francisco, acting globally and driven by volunteers.

Past speakers included: Zachary Bogue, Vivek Wadhua, Jeremy Howard, and David Agus.

Sponsors include: AOL, OOyala, Honda, YouNoodle, Markerly, CommitChange , Challengepost, Tec de Monterrey.

About World Tech Makers:

World Tech Makers is disrupting technology education in South America with an innovative hybrid model of on-site coding bootcamps combined with virtual learning to create technology entrepreneurs and launch the careers of software developers in the region. The first iteration of bootcamps has already started.

The World Tech Makers team is international. The co-founders themselves were born in either Colombia or the United States, and the global network of makers is spread throughout the American continent, Europe, Africa and Asia.

About Colombia:

Many civilians have been killed, kidnapped or disappeared because of this 50-year conflict. It is difficult to have an accurate estimate of the number of victims but according to the latest studies, the number exceeds 6 million (Source: Unidad para la Atencion y Reparación Integral de las Víctimas, 2014).

Hack for Big Choices and World Tech Makers partnered up because they are complementary in the following way:

Hack for Big Choices:

– Has a format that includes challenge-driven hackathons with the goal of empowering talented people worldwide to solve local and global problems through entrepreneurship.

– Connects teams to local and global mentors, investors, potential customers, and industry partners.

– Provides leadership training to local entrepreneurs.

– Validates local entrepreneurs by bringing a globally recognized hackathon brand to emerging economy entrepreneurship ecosystems.

World Tech Makers:

– Values teamwork and innovative systems.

– Brings a robust technology education model that aspires to disrupt the education industry and society as a whole.

– Builds community around concepts such as software and hardware as solutions.

-Adopts lean and agile methodologies to entrepreneurial venture creation and software development.


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