About the Hackathon

Gender Based Violence is the leading cause of death of women aged 19 to 44

more than war, cancer, or car accidents.

In Nepal,

  • 77 percent of the episodes of violence against women are reported as being from within the family
  • 22 percent of women aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence at least once since age 15
  • 43 per cent of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Between 5,000 and 12,000 girls and women are trafficked every year. 75 percent of them are below 18 years of age and the majority are sold into forced prostitution.

The Violence Against Women Hackathon is an attempt to address the challenge of domestic violence by building innovative technology solutions to assist the victims of Violence Against Women and the agencies that work to support them.

A hackathon is a unique forum for collaborative problem solving that results in concrete software solutions that can be implemented around the world to address critical challenges. A hackathon celebrates hacking in its most positive context - using minimal resources and maximum brain power to create outside-the-box solutions (“hacks”). Hackathons are hacking marathons, drawing on the talents and initiative of people from around the world, who volunteer their time to respond to real-world problems with solutions that can have an impact.

The main objectives of this hackathon are:

  • to bring together and promote the collaboration of key stakeholders in Nepal around the issue of domestic violence  and
  • raise awareness of domestic violence and its impact on society among a broader sector of the population.

The team will work with stakeholders and local communities to identify and define specific problem statements relating to local domestic violence issues in Nepal ahead of the hackathon. The program will work with both volunteer technologists and domestic violence experts to prototype technology solutions to selected defined problems using a hackathon format.