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C/I Student Tech Incubator Develops Apps for Social Good

February 23, 2015 by

Winning teams from the C/I Hackathon at Microsoft gathered from Tuesday, 2/17 to Friday, 2/20 to design, define, develop, and deploy their social good app concepts in the first C/I Student Incubator.

Students representing six partner high schools gathered from 10am until 6pm every day to work with their teams and professional mentors to develop their final apps. Teams went through the entire product development cycle using methods borrowed from professional app design firms to improve their original app ideas, validate their products with user feedback, draw wireframes, and develop minimally viable products.

Special thanks to OfficeLinks for donating professional workspace, General Assembly for sending product manager volunteers, MongoDB for hosting a student office tour, and to BetaNYC’s Noel Hidalgo for encouraging our students to become civic hackers.

Read about our students’ apps below and come see the Bronx International team present at Social Media Week right after Rev. Jesse Jackson’s keynote speech on Wednesday 2/25.  Our top two teams will be pitching at the next New York Tech Meetup on 3/3.

KYN (Know Your Neighbor), Bronx International High School (1st place): According to the Pew Research Center, 57% of people living in the United States do not know or interact with their neighbors. Our app KYN (Know Your Neighbor) helps neighbors within a building or block connect with one another to share resources and build trust. KYN fosters new friendships and makes neighborhoods safer for everyone by developing local support networks.

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Me-I (Me-International), Democracy Prep Charter High School: Me-I is an app that connects local formal and informal translators to people who need them for a fee based on the translator’s experience and skills.  Translators meet their customers in person to attend events like parent-teacher conferences and business meetings, and tourists can hire an in-person translator to show them around an unfamiliar area.

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Voices, Bronx Academy for Software Engineering: Voices allows students at a particular high school to express their opinions in a constructive, persuasive way inside anonymous forums. Students can then complete polls and sign petitions to inform school administrators about school culture and student policies. Teachers and administrators can better serve students when they have an open channel of communication to determine school climate.

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EagleEye News, Fordham HS for the Arts, Discovery HS, Urban Assembly HS for Media Studies: EagleEye News curates news stories that demonstrate bias from different points of view so that people may compare and debate. Readers can compare both news sources and contribute to a crowdsourced ‘unbiased’ article that filters out fact from opinion.

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For more information about how to get involved or to sponsor or host our next hackathon or student incubator, please contact [email protected] or fill out the form on our Camp/Interactive program site.

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