Breakthrough (an NGO that uses pop culture, media and technology to spread awareness about women’s rights) and Hacks/Hackers New Delhi (a group of journalists and coders) are teaming up to throw the multimedia #Hack4Change around women’s rights.
Speaking about the event, one of the key organisers, Anika Gupta said, “We’ve seen a lot of headlines, data, and studies about women’s rights in India. The negative stories seem endless – whether it’s sexual harassment at work, lack of safety on public transport, sex-selective abortion or cases of horrible violence. We want to bring people together to take action. Together, our teams will use case studies, data, collaborative media – some of it being made available to the public for the first time – to find new ways of telling important stories about what it’s really like to be a woman in India today, and along the way, perhaps even suggest possible improvements to the way things are currently done. It’ll also be a chance to meet very cool people from different walks of life, and learn their skills.”
Speaking about the kind of apps, Anika added, “This will honestly be a great opportunity to make cool
stuff. We’re going to have this great set of audio clips courtesy of Gram Vaani. These are essentially short interviews with rural women, and we’re going to be creating projects around these data. It’s the sort of thing that almost nobody is doing right now – bringing together local-language audio with online storytelling. We’ve got data from Whypoll wherein women report location and incidents of harassment. We want to tell a story around that, around what it’s actually like to be a woman in a city. Breakthrough has a ton of audio and video that they’re going to make available as well. We’re looking at visualising Twitter conversations around women’s rights, and one group will be looking at collaborative storytelling tools like Wikipedia. DataMeet – an open data group – is helping is sort and clean our data. We’ve got journalism schools participating. A lot of people have put in time and effort.”
The event is scheduled to happen between December 7-8 at 91Springboard Delhi. More details here http://hack4changedelhi.wordpress.com/ The hackathon looks like an interesting opportunity to create meaning as well as have fun. HerStory is glad to support it, and we will also keep you posted about some cool applications that come out of this Hackathon.