GA Washington D.C. (1776 8th Floor)
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington DC 20005
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What is a Hackathon? Our 'hackathon' is a workshop where you will learn how to work in teams to create a solution for a social issue in Pakistan - coding skills not required. Perhaps you’d like to create an alternative syllabus taught at schools or an app that allows easy transfer of money or create a mockup of better farming techniques in Pakistan. Over the course of this workshop, you will learn team-building, creating a simple model of a solution to your identified problem and creating a plan on how to implement it. You will also get the opportunity to meet other like-minded Pakistanis who are passionate about going back and making a difference. We will also have volunteers on hand specifically to help people who have little or no prior experience in designing solutions, programming or creating a business plan. Participants of all backgrounds are welcome!
What is the format of the Hackathon? The format of the workshop is fast-paced. The word “hack” means to creatively fix things that conventional wisdom or processes are not solving. We are applying this framework to improve Pakistan’s socio-economic conditions. The topics of this year's Hackathon are as follows: Education Energy Healthcare Women Empowerment Who Wins? The best team from each city’s hackathon will present at the next round at Global Finals in DC on November 19th, 2016 either through video or in-person and get feedback from investors and entrepreneurs. Every city also has the option of nominating runner-ups to Global Finals in DC for a wildcard entry. We will help the winner from Global Finals build their solution. Winners from Global Final who are moving back to Pakistan will automatically have the option of enrolling in our “Returner’s Program” where we will connect them to our extended mentor network in Pakistan. We also have partnerships with a host of accelerators and incubators in Pakistan (like i2i and Nest i/o) that can help with their admission process. Finally, for teams that move back to launch for-profit businesses, we will provide opportunities for funding in 2017, either through our fund or through introductions to other funds like the Acumen Fund in Pakistan. Previous Success Stories? Our previous success stories include Procheck a company valued at over a $1M, She’kab a subscription car-pool service for women in Lahore, and Team Ammi an educational service for pregnant women in Pakistan. Tickets and Pricing You must purchase a ticket on eventbrite in order to attend the Hackathon. If the ticket price is a constraint, please email us at email@example.com and we can figure out a way to help you out. If you represent one of our Community Partner organization, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a promo code for 25% discount for the Early Bird and General Admission tickets. All ticket proceeds go towards organizing and running the Hackathon weekend. Dinner will be provided on all three days of the Hackathon. Terms and Conditions By purchasing a ticket, you give PakathonDC the right to use any photographs or videos taken at the Hackathon, to be used in any of our publications or materials produced for the purpose of marketing and spreading the word. Please contact us at email@example.com for any questions.
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