Only 7 days are left to the start of a volunteer HopeIT hackathon. Software developers from all over Poland will meet in Wroclaw Audiovisual Technology Center. They will have 24 hours to develop a prototype application supporting the operations of Na Ratunek Foundation, helping the children suffering from cancer diseases. It is the last moment to join this action, develop an innovative solution and fight for attractive prizes.

The originators of HopeIT idea, inspired by the best worldwide achievements, put forward an initiative which may begin a new trend in cooperation between IT sector and NGOs. They want to use the cutting-edge technologies to support the growth and improvement of the third sector organizations. There are 20,000 foundations and charities and 100,000 associations in Poland. Most of them need technological support in order to continue and develop their activities. This is why HopeIT was organized to develop a prototype solution to improve and streamline crowdfunding processes and create platform for ongoing contact with the donors. Its first beneficiary will be the Na Ratunek Foundation (Let’s Help the Children with Cancer Foundation). ‘Participation in such projects is really developing. It gives you a chance to create new solutions from the scratch and meet people who can provide a critical code-review. Besides the fact of involvement of IT specialists in such initiatives is very much appreciated by the employers,’ says Bartosz Ciepluch, Head of Wroclaw Branch of NOKIA, who originated the project.

Last days to register and win attractive prizes

All developers interested in this event need to register at www.hopeit.pl. by 20th October. Individual developers may join one of the teams via Facebook, where the organizers have created a special solution for them – so-called HopeIT Gathering Point (www.facebook.com/hopeIT.hackathon). The teams participating in the hackaton will fight for attractive prizes funded by the event sponsors. The prize pool includes a voucher of 10,000 PLN to be used for purchase of equipment and software in Media Markt stores; a possibility to present the idea during one of the most important IT conferences – code::dive, as well as coordination of further development of the application in open source and leadership of a socially significant project. ‘As developers, we have knowledge and skills which we want to share with others. When you realize that by creating new application you can help to collect money and save little children, you become extra motivated,’ comments Adam Badura, software architect from NOKIA, and a member of HopeIT jury.

The event will be held in Wroclaw on 27-28 October. More information at: www.facebook.com/hopeIT.hackathon/ and www.hopeit.pl