Event will focus on solving real business problems for local charities.

Dublin, May 22, 2019 – Girls in Tech Dublin, the Irish chapter of the well-known global organization focused on empowerment, engagement and education of women in technology, is proud to announce their first ever hackathon in Ireland. 

Hacking for Humanity is a “hack for good”, an open event, where both male and (majority) female participants are welcome. The focus of the event will be to help local charities solve their biggest challenges. Participants will, in this way, be able to make a difference in the community by finding creative ways to solve social issues. “Hacking for Humanity” is sponsored by Paddy Power Betfair and the IDA Ireland and will take place between the 24th and 26th of May 2019, at The Digital Hub, in Dublin.

Speaking about “Hacking for Good” Managing Director of Girls in Tech Dublin, Coral Movasseli, said “When I first started Girls in Tech in Ireland back in 2016, I dared to push the boundaries. And here we are now. We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our first hackathon right in the heart of Dublin and to welcome diverse attendees and eminent speakers”.

Commenting on the inaugural event, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said “I am delighted to attend Hacking for Humanity. This is an excellent initiative that promotes technology and entrepreneurship in a fun, inclusive and engaging environment. Hackathons are an opportunity for people to think creatively and challenge their curious mind to solve problems. Girls in Tech Dublin are empowering young women who are passionate about technology. As policy makers within education it is all our challenge to support women who wish to advance their careers in STEAM fields”.

Participants do not require any technical skills to enter the competition. It is open to marketers, technologists, strategists, creatives, humanists and students. Participants will start from an idea to a working proof of concept within a weekend, guided by the mentors on the platform or technology chosen for the event. At the end of the two days, the ideas will be evaluated by an experienced local panel of judges; every participant will be rewarded for their contribution and extra prizes will also available for outstanding contributions. 

Fiach Mac Conghail, Chief Executive Officer at The Digital Hub said “We are delighted to lend our support to the Girls In Tech hackathon event taking place in The Digital Hub campus over three days. I commend the great team at Girls in Tech Dublin for putting on such an innovative, inspiring and exciting programme. We aim to foster an inclusive workplace at The Digital Hub and this Hackathon is a great way to promote diversity and inclusiveness through engagement, education and empowerment for people who are passionate about technology”.

“The ‘tech for good’ element also really appealed to us. We are excited to see participants come together from many varied backgrounds, to be challenged and rewarded for addressing business and societal issues through the innovative use of technology.”

Reflecting on the reasons behind the sponsorship, Dan Taylor, CEO, Paddy Power Betfair added “There are a number of reasons why Paddy Power Betfair are supporting the Girls in Tech Dublin’s Hacking for Humanity event; firstly, it further strengthens our relationship with Girls in Tech, an organisation we are heavily involved with both in Ireland and Romania; secondly, the hackathon is a celebration of innovation and diversity, both of which are fundamentals to the Paddy Power Betfair culture and thirdly, the focus of the event is to solve real business problems for charities which is well aligned to our corporate social responsibility strategy”.

Dublin’s Simon Community, ReCreate Ireland and The ONE Foundation are this year’s charity partners. Caroline Keeling, Brenda Romero, Linda Doyle are some of the speakers that will join the event. Learn more about the hackathon here!

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Notes to Editors:

About Girls in Tech Dublin

Girls in Tech Dublin (GITD) is a women in tech non-profit based in Ireland and established by Coral Movasseli in 2016. Girls in Tech is focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to promote the growth and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in the technology space. Girls in Tech Dublin is the Irish chapter of a global organisation, founded in 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne and headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

About the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD

Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD is Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education. She previously served as Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.The Minister has shown great leadership in the area of promoting Gender Equality within Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions and is also leading the development of national policy on equity of access to higher education for all students; working for greater levels of participation by disadvantaged students, mature students and students with disabilities.The Minister is also dedicated to supporting the Irish education system in becoming more internationalised, by encouraging and assisting with the development of further links and relationships between Ireland and international partners. 

About Paddy Power Betfair

Paddy Power Betfair was formed in 2016 and is an international, multi-channel sports betting and gaming operator. They operate five main sports betting and gaming brands: Paddy Power, Betfair, FanDuel, Sportsbet and TVG, which bring excitement to life for six million customers worldwide. We also have other brands such as TIMEFORM, Draft and Airton Risk.

About The Digital Hub

The Digital Hub is a cluster of technology, digital media and internet companies in The Liberties area of Dublin, Ireland. The hub consists of 97 companies located in eight buildings, collectively employing 725 people. It is the largest enterprise cluster of its kind in Ireland.

 

For further information or to arrange an interview with the MD of Girls In Tech, Coral Movasseli please contact:

Céline Heemskerk

Head of Public Relations and Communications, Girls in Tech Dublin

[email protected]

+353 (0) 83 465 00 50