March 20, 2012 marked World Pulse's first-ever hackathon—a convergence of technology developers who work to solve technical challenges for social change. Intel hosted the conference and teams of their brightest technical talent spent one day working with World Pulse and other organizations to deploy innovative solutions for girls’ empowerment. World Pulse founder and CEO Jensine Larsen provided the opening address and partner organizations such as 10x10, Room to Read, and Global Education Campaign also participated.
World Pulse and Intel teams worked to address two problems: improved digital mapping capability to visually display the powerful content from our community members around the world, and a responsive design of the website for mobile and low-bandwidth devices. In just one day, the teams were able to accomplish a great deal.
The Intel/World Pulse team working on the mapping tool created a more informative and interactive version of the map we’ve used for programs like our 2012 International Women’s Day celebration. This will help World Pulse better serve as a conduit of information and resources for women’s empowerment between grassroots women change leaders, advocacy organizations, donors, politicians, and more.
The team working on the low-bandwidth/mobile website succeeded in creating a mobile version of our site that will be rolled out later this year. The World Pulse/Intel team won second-place for its scalable interface design—accessible by mobile devices—that will enable women in low-bandwidth environments to take advantage of our website and online community.
By participating in this exciting event, World Pulse and Intel further solidified our partnership and commitment to leverage access to technology to empower girls and women worldwide. We were impressed with the excitement and energy of the Intel employees in helping their non-profit partners achieve their technical goals. Once implemented, these features will greatly enhance the accessibility, connections, and impact of our website and our members—YOU!