Last month, a group of GA Alumni took part in InnovateNYP: a hackathon hosted by NY Presbyterian Hospital. The challenge was to create the best online patient care experience, and our group of alumni didn’t disappoint as they took home first place for best overall prototype. We had some time to sit and chat with them about their experience, here’s their story.
Earlier this month, a group of GA students in Washington, D.C. took part in a Hackathon hosted by Partnership for a Healthier America. Participants were asked to prototype and build a working solution focused on the theme of Childhood Obesity, exploring two opportunities within that challenge:
- To help teachers empower students to make healthy choices about the food they consume, whether at home or at school.
- To create an information avenue that shows families the healthy food options and physical activity opportunities available locally.
Team GA consisted of Kelly Parker (User Experience Design Student), Johnny Austin (Front-End Wed Development Instructor), Datrianna Meeks (User Experience Design Student), Matt Tyrrell (Front-End Web Development Student) and friend of GA, Robin Newman. Together, Team GA came up with: Get Real!
Hosts Cindi Leive (Editor in Chief, Glamour) and Steven Kolb (CEO, CFDA) kicked off the morning with opening remarks about the intersection of fashion and tech. “A year ago, I didn’t even know what a hackathon was!” Kolb confessed.
The attendees — a mix of designers, web developers, and creative thinkers — formed teams and worked on their ideas until the 5:30 pm submission deadline. Representatives from API partners Facebook, Aviary, Gilt, Tumblr, Glamour, Foursquare, and SendGrid were available for support.
Unlike typical hackathons, which tend to draw a male-dominant crowd, over half of Dressed to Code’s participants were female.