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Hack4Impact is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with chapters at various colleges across the United States. Hack4Impact collaborates with nonprofits and other socially responsible organizations to develop software that meets important social and humanitarian needs.
Hack4Impact's mission is to help nonprofits expand their reach and impact through technology. "We also create platforms that anybody can use, such as mapping tools, so that organizations don’t need technical know-how to create powerful digital resources."
"If your nonprofit has been itching to try something new and do some good at the same time, Hack4Impact is the place." More information for nonprofits.
Each Hack4Impact student chapter chooses three to five projects per semester to work on with nonprofits. "We work in small groups led by a project manager and technical lead to develop the application, taking into account our clients’ requirements and suggestions. If you have programming experience at or above the level of an introductory level computer science class (such as CIS 110), and you want to apply your classroom knowledge to the real world — making a concrete improvement in people’s lives — then Hack4Impact is the club for you. We place a strong emphasis on peer mentorship and learning, so we’ll teach you everything you need to know about designing and building web applications. No experience beyond programming fundamentals is required to join Hack4Impact. As part of the team, you will learn how to identify user needs in order to design and build a working product. You’ll have a chance to experiment with and build new technologies. You’ll also hear from professionals across different fields with our public speaker series."
An example of a project developed by Hack4Impact: Philly Food Finder. The rate of food insecurity in Philadelphia County is 22%. We worked with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger to create a mapping tool to increase the visibility and usage of existing resources, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and senior meal centers. Individuals can enter their ZIP code and immediately find food help that is close by.
The organization has also worked with AsylumConnect,Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Givology, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, the Interactive College Access Network, JournalUp, the Juvenile Law Center, Kiva Zip, the Louisiana Center for Childrens’ Rights, the OSET Foundation, the Penn School of Social Policy and Practice, Reading Terminal Market, the Urban Affairs Coalition, and Women Veterans Rock.
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