Hack for Change is a hackathon that was recently held in San Francisco. The focus of this event for developers and designers was to create web apps for social good. 17 new web and mobile applications were created and are still pretty new and in development stage. If you are interested in any of these apps for early access and signups click on the links below.
The winning creation is the Good Neighbor. It sends text messages when neighbors need a hand with errands or tasks. I can see this being wonderful app for aging communities where assistance is sometimes hard to come by.
Other feature apps from the hackathon include:
AnonyMissing, an anonymous location-based app to report missing persons.
Corrupt, an app for tracking and reporting corruption in your area.
GoChipIn, which allows users to find volunteers for events they’re organizing.
GovContrib, a browser tool that helps users find information on government contributions to charities and lobbies.
IGotUGot, a food exchange for home gardeners.
PDB, which stands for “personal daily brief,” the kind current and former U.S. presidents receive. These briefs are tailored to each user’s locations and interests.
Picketline.us lets would-be activists share the word about boycotts.
Piece of Mind aims to create a Kickstarter-funded mosaic of stories from veterans.
Safehood lets users keep an eye on their neighborhoods through web and mobile interfaces.
ShoppingAdvisor shows users how their decisions as consumers might be affecting the rest of the world.
GreatDebate helps community leaders and activists get connected with policy and decision makers.
WhatsaboutmyCity is an app for identifying and fixing finite, local problems in a community.