IT4Causes – IT4Causes provides sustainable IT solutions to other nonprofits, helping them fulfill their missions and serve their clients better. Some of their technology needs include a data analysis and aggregation platform to safely and securely use the data they have about volunteers, other nonprofits, and the community, or an app that could allow social workers to record and access data in the field.
Activation Capital – Activation Capital supports the innovation and entrepreneurial community in RVA; they identify innovators and supply them with the tools for successful business outcomes. The organization wants to become the go-to place for navigating resources and getting business support. To better acheive their goals, Activation Capital could use help making a website where users can find events, jobs/internships, a database of mentors, and the latest news.
Honoring Choices Virginia – Honoring Choices Virginia works to encourage advance care planning (ACP) conversations throughout the Richmond community so individuals’ health care choices will be honored in case of a medical crisis. They hold educational forums for the public, work with three different healthcare systems, and train facilitators and instructors. This organization needs an innovative way to share ACP plans with the point of care, even though they aren’t part of a medical record.
Chickahominy Health District – Chickahominy provides a wide a array services covering everything from immunizations to food safety and emergency preparedness, working towards their mission of preventing disease, promoting healthy lifestyles, and protecting people from environmental and other hazards. They currently have over 30,000 files about well and septic locations that need to be digitized. The digital files would be accessible by far more people and environmental organizations which are working to enhance the District’s compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.
Richmond Animal League – The Richmond Animal league is the RVA area’s oldest no-kill shelter and has been helping to reduce the number of homeless pets in Central Virginia since 1979. There are many ways this organization could use tech solutions, such as: a cloud based appointment scheduling system for in house/foster animal visits, an online donations platform, or an online master calendar that could help manage events, days off, and foster schedules.
Greater Richmond ARC – The Greater Richmond ARC has a goal to serve over 3000 individuals with disabilities by 2025, becoming a widely respected human services agency in Virginia. One of their biggest initiatives is ARCPark, which is a park in Richmond’s Northside that is designed for people with and without disabilities. ARC could use a responsive website to promote ARCPark, manage reservations at the park, accept donations, and coordinate volunteers.
Again, we are working with the City and Richmond’s Data Scientists Consortium to provide datasets related to the below priority areas. Working within these areas is also a possibility during the hack. All will be determined and teams formed after the kick off.
- EDUCATION – The region ensures that every child graduates from high school college or career-ready
- JOB CREATION – The region enjoys a diverse economy that is competitive in the global marketplace and provides job opportunities for all.
- WORKFORCE PREPARATION – The region aligns workforce skills to employer needs.
- SOCIAL STABILITY – The region embraces our social diversity as an asset and supports a community where all residents have the opportunity to succeed.
- HEALTHY COMMUNITY – The region is known for an active and healthy lifestyle.
- COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION – The region remains one of the most uncongested transportation networks in the country while supporting all modes of transportation.
- JAMES RIVER – The region will make the James River a centerpiece for entertainment, recreation, and commerce.
- QUALITY PLACE – The region is a leading attractive, inclusive, and accessible community for arts, culture, recreation, and entertainment.
PURPOSE & STAKEHOLDERS
CommuniTECH, a “digital barn-raising”, was conceived by RVA’s young tech professionals to have purposeful impact in our community, while meeting with and being inspired by local peers. On July 28 and 29, our technology community will meet at the newly renovated Train Shed at Main Street Station to kick-off a 36-hour hackathon.
To achieve success, share resources, and unite common missions around this hack, RVATECH has partnered with HandsOn Greater Richmond where individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities, and the Capital Region Collaborative (CRC), which brings together local government, business, and community stakeholders to achieve a shared vision for the Richmond Region.
Together, these three organizations, working in conjunction with the City of Richmond, represent a broad cross-section of our community in a partnership that hopes to be the gold standard for solution-focused and function-first collaborations.
FOCUS & THEME
The Capital Region Collaborative was created in 2007 as the place to bring public, private, and community stakeholders together to solve problems. Through an extensive engagement process, more than 8,000 voices came together and identified eight priorities for the region: education, workforce preparation, job creation, social stability, healthy community, coordinated transportation, the James River, and quality place. These priorities help create one framework that can guide and prioritize work in our region. It will be within these eight identified priorities where the hack teams will focus.
Additionally, the City of Richmond declared July “Open Data Month” and has committed an open data portal for our teams use. This rare opportunity will allow a greater potential for new, innovative, and actionable outputs (concept, minimal viable product, or working software) by hackers. We’ll be looking to the tech community to use their skill sets to problem solve, think critically, and be creative as they work to make RVA an even better community to work and live.
We are currently soliciting technologist to sign-up to participate. Once registration is closed, we’ll break the group into teams of 4-5. The teams themselves will self-select a potential focus area they’d like to work within (see 8 priorities above). On Monday, July 24, the first day of Tech Week in RVA, the data portal will be opened to each team. Teams will narrow their focus and solution to be hacked starting on Friday morning, July 28 (no coding or pre-work is permitted before the start of the hack).
In addition to technologists, we are soliciting non-profits whose missions align with one of the eight priorities to submit a “problem statement” that our technologists could consider solving. An example might be: the Virginia Capital Trail (VCT) has over 1 million visitors annually, but isn’t able to interact, track, or measure their experience. Those data sets would help the VCT better program or promote local attractions. In this example, the technological solution is not identified, giving our hackers a wide-range of possibilities and buy-in. The VCT aligns with the “Healthy Community” and “Quality Place” – two of the CRC regional priorities.
WHEN & WHERE
Friday, July 28 at 8:00 AM – Saturday, July 29 at 8:00 PM (36 Hours)
Train Shed @ Main Street Station