Tech Takes On Unemployment

 

Your chance to make an impact

Unemployment is on the rise globally and countries have been left scrambling. Communities have seen huge spikes in people looking for work and millions have been left unemployed. This problem is getting worse with the global health crisis and expectations regarding re-outbreaks of the coronavirus are jeopardizing government plans to return to normal in the foreseeable future. 

This is your chance to join forces with a global engineering community to develop solutions that get people back to work. Our Tech Takes on Unemployment hackathon is for developers and creatives who want to use their skills to help people in need. Join us to develop solutions to alleviate unemployment and the problems related to it. The winners of the hackathon will get to choose where to donate the prize money.

Hacking Period:  July 15 – August 12

Submission Deadline:  August 12, 2020

Winners Announced:  August 14, 2020

In addition to the prizes that are listed below, Terminal will also donate $25 per project submitted to Feeding America, Food Banks Canada, and Alimento Para Todos to support communities in need. 

For more resources and inspiration check this out and our Hackathon Handbook is here

The more projects submitted, the greater our impact!  

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Prizes

$8,500 in prizes

1st Place: Charity Donation

Winning team will choose a recipient. Winning team must choose an established charity or not-for-profit that is helping people get back to work or alleviate the affects of unemployment in their community. The organization selected must be able to accept online donations.

First place: $3,000 USD

2nd Place: Charity Donation

Winning team will choose a recipient. Winning team must choose an established charity or not-for-profit that is helping people get back to work or alleviate the affects of unemployment in their community. The organization selected must be able to accept online donations.

Second place: $2,000 USD

3rd Place: Charity Donation

Winning team will choose a recipient. Winning team must choose an established charity or not-for-profit that is helping people get back to work or alleviate the affects of unemployment in their community. The organization selected must be able to accept online donations.

Third place: $1,000 USD

Team Submission Prize (100)

Terminal will donate $25 for each project submitted so just by participating, you are helping people in need. This tranche of money will support emergency relief funds at Alimento Para Todos, Feeding America, and Food Banks Canada.

Participation donation: $2,500 USD

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

This hackathon is open to everyone, all are welcome. To be eligible to participate you must comply with Terminal’s hackathon code of conduct. If you are one of the winning teams, you must also agree to have your work shared and potentially written about for promotional purposes.

  • Project addresses a current challenge emerging from the alarming rise of unemployment
  • Project fits the overall theme of the hackathon
  • Content of the project must represent the team's original work
  • Projects must be free of inappropriate or offensive content
  • Provides a user interface and documentation in English or Spanish
  • Does not violate any third party’s intellectual property and is free of copyrighted material that is not your own or that you do not have the legal right to distribute, display, and otherwise make available to others

There are no limitations on the number of participants or teams.

Requirements

The intent of this hackathon is to provide immediate support for people and communities affected by unemployment and forced closures, the following rules apply with respect to projects submitted:

  • Who is this for (target audience)
  • What problem is this addressing
  • Short demo video (3 min max)
  • Project documentation / user guides
  • Installation instructions where applicable
  • Links to working solution 
  • Link to source code 
  • Technologies used

 

Note: the IP of all projects submitted will remain the sole property of the project team.

Judges

Andy Wolfe

Andy Wolfe
General Manager, Product Team at Terminal

Ben Apel

Ben Apel
Product Manager at Terminal

Nabil Fahel

Nabil Fahel
Director of Partnerships at Terminal

Zoran Mitrovic

Zoran Mitrovic
Front End Engineer at Terminal

Christian Rice

Christian Rice
Director of Innovation at Terminal

Ahmed Khan

Ahmed Khan
Partnerships Coordinator at Terminal

Ian Frost

Ian Frost
Director of Talent Operations at Terminal

Kerri McKinney

Kerri McKinney
Global Director, Talent Acquisition at Terminal

Veronique St-Germain

Veronique St-Germain
Director of Talent Acquisition at Terminal

Oscar Terrazas

Oscar Terrazas
Community Partnerships Manager at Terminal

Judging Criteria

  • Societal Impact
    Refers to the overall impact the solution is having on society in response to the crisis in terms of the direct/indirect amount of users impacted (local vs. global)
  • Urgency Level
    Refers to the severity of the problem the solution is solving. Severity being measured in terms of the probability of multiplying casualties, speeding up virus propagation or worsening the economic crisis .
  • Ease of deployment
    Refers to the ease with which we can start deploying the solution to its target users in order to make an immediate impact
  • Quality Level
    Refers to the completeness/ease of use/overall quality of the application or solution.
  • Originality
    Refers to how novel, innovative and appealing the solution is to its users (has not been done in this capacity before)

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