App developers and charities in Australia are joining forces in September for a special event hosted by The Vodafone Foundation to ‘code for a cause’ and create apps that will have a positive impact on local communities.
App Aid, supported by Facebook and Samsung, runs for 48 hours and will be held in Sydney on September 20 – 22. The event will see a select group of Australian developers and charities break up into 10 teams, each made up of three representatives from one charity and four app developers. The teams’ challenge is to collaborate ideas, using the developers’ industry skills and the charity’s objectives to come up with a smartphone app that will help give back to the cause by providing education, awareness and interaction within local communities.
“App Aid is a ground-breaking event that will unite developers committed to helping make a difference, with Australian charities that might not normally be able to afford or access these services,” says Head of the Vodafone Foundation, Demelza Farr.
“As Australia is fast becoming an app nation; on average, Australians will have 25 downloaded apps on their smartphones, we believe this technology offers charities a new world of possibilities to engage with their communities in a relevant, innovative and meaningful way.
“Our goal with App Aid is to spur mobile innovation to help solve some of the challenges faced by charities and their communities,” Demelza adds.
The app prototypes developed at App Aid will be judged by a panel of experts and entrepreneurs for consideration. The winning app will be awarded $30,000 and the runner up will receive $10,000 from The Vodafone Foundation for their respective charities to further develop their smartphone app prototypes. Vodafone has also pledged its marketing services to help promote the launch of the charities’ app. The app developers of the winning app will receive prizes donated by Samsug.
“Whether your cause is the prevention or relief of poverty, the advancement of human or animal rights, the preservation of our beautiful country, just to name just a few; if you have a great idea for an app, or a great solution for a charity, we want to hear from you,” Demelza explains.
To be be a part of App Aid, charities need to apply between August 2 (9am) – 22(5pm); app developers can also register their details between August 2 (9am) – September 10 (5pm).