Hack for Social Good
Are equity and social justice important to you? Do you love designing solutions? Working with your peers? Helping your community?
Students from local high schools will come together for a morning of creative and collaborative problem-solving. In small teams, students will design technology solutions to problems they identify in society and design a solution that addresses a problem. UW students as mentors will guide each team. During lunch, there will be a student panel to answer questions and share their UW experiences. Students will have the opportunity to participate in an optional UW campus tour following the event. No technical experience is required to participate.
Are you a student and interested? Tell your teacher or school advisor to sign up your school!
Registration deadline: March 3, 2023
*Please note* Register early!! Due to limited space, maximum student registration is 30 students per school. Registration submission is not confirmation of event attendance; groups will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis and will be notified with a confirmation starting February 20, 2023.
How Hack for Social Good Will Work
In an opening ceremony, students will be provided with a social justice issue for which they will design technology solutions. Students will be given an overview of the design process, mirroring the Informatics curriculum. Students will be put into small teams of 3-4 members within their school and be matched with a current UW student who will mentor them for the duration of the activity. Mentors will serve as a supporter, troubleshooter, and resource for students. They will act as a learning guide on how to approach each step of the design process and create an impactful solution. This is beginner-friendly. No technical background is required!
Lunch will be provided during a panel discussion for participants to engage with Information School faculty, students and alumni, gaining exposure to the UW Informatics undergraduate major, potential careers in the field, the UW campus, and UW Freshman Direct Admission.
Following lunch, students will have the opportunity to win prizes, including raffles and prizes for teams that have the best design solution and best impact solution to the given social justice issue.
An optional UW campus tour will commence at 1:45 p.m., following the event.