GeekGirlMeetup & The GivingLab do Hack Days – aim to find new ways of giving with API’s

Press Release   •   Oct 08, 2012 15:10 BST

TheGivingLab continues it’s autumn collaborations withGeekGirlMeetup for two Hack Days at General Assembly on the 13+14th of October. Aiming to come up with new ways of giving with charity API’s and one launched idea by 2013, the Hack Days bring together talent in coding, ideas and design.

“ We're very grateful to be involved with such a great event that promotes women in technology and charitable APIs, while bringing together London's talent in coding, business and design."Courtney Boyd Myers, Director of Audience Development, General Assembly 

"The Giving Lab Hack Days are a great way of combining new charity API's with a good cause." - Heidi Noemm - County Manager UK.

"One weekend, talented women and a load of charity API's only means one thing. Products that help solve some of today's problems." -Amy Whitney, GDS, UK


Sometimes charity things can get a bit earnest and serious. We want our hack days to be creative wildcards
that get deployed into the real world.

Those new things could be new fundraising tools, charity betting apps, games, Facebook apps that harness social connections for good causes, or brand new products that deliver charitable benefits. Bringing different
tones, modern branding and inspiration. There are no gimmicks, large prizes or freebies for attending – it’s all about making stuff people want, and that stuff making a difference.

Developers, backend, UI/UX designers, designers, idea-makers of all creative sorts. Cross-disciplinary teams will be formed on location. 

Upon arrival, the 50 female participants will be able to hear previous participants experience and inspiration, ideate new ideas, create groups and start working. The hack days will be facilitated with planned mentorship meetups to keep everyone up to speed and ensure no team is left behind. Eventbrite is sponsoring the lunch – yum!


Hackathons run on adrenaline, we know that, the thrill is high and everybody aims to launch that app by next weekend. Well – thats is if wet wednesday doesn’t happen first, when you need to catch up with everything that you missed during the weekend from you “real life” and by friday your up to new adventures… Sounds familiar? Well, we’ve thought about that and that’s why we have chosen to actively support and award the winning team to launch their app/site/idea with a proper bootcamp from heaven to help you launch a track-recordable project to be proud of for a life time.

We are awarding the winners a bootcamp from heaven with:

  1. Cash prizes, nothing big, but enough to cover a few days work to complete and release the winning project.
  2. Education (by General Assembly) to help complete projects and to help market winning ideas.
  3. Coaching mentors, prior and after the event.
  4. A one year free pressroom from MyNewsdesk. Communicate that app, let the right tools do the work for you!






SPONSORS General Assembly is a global network of campuses for individuals seeking opportunity and education in technology, business, and design.    MyNewsdesk - Your digital press-room online. Eventbrite - is a website that allows event organizers to plan, set up ticket sales and promote events of any size and publicize them across Facebook, Twitter and other social-networking tools directly from the site's interface. The giving Lab hack days want to bring together groups of passionate people with a variety of skills in coding, business ideas, marketing and design to create radically new ways of giving, based on charity API's. The Giving Lab is a initiative by the See The Difference (Registered Charity: 1127980), aiming to create new ways of giving to charities. We are supported by NESTA, Comic Relief, The Baring Foundation, Cabinet Office, Nominent Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Pears Foundation and Serene.  is a un-conference for women about web, code & startups, creating new female role models, networks and active knowledge exchange.