Hack for Change

Change.org is hosting Hack for Change on June 18th & 19th, a weekend hackathon dedicated to creating web and mobile applications that advance social change.

In advance, we’re asking people to submit ideas for social change apps they want to create or think others should work on. These will be presented to developers and designers at the beginning of the hackathon as suggestions for possible apps for development over the weekend. (Participants are also welcome to create apps based on their own ideas at the event.) For more information, go to www.hackforchange.com.

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  1. graffiti demand app

    The app will collect donnations from locals for graffiti painting on some empty and boring wall in their neighborhood. The graffiti has to be confirmed by the owner of the wall before money collection. Then, the artists who would like to take the project will present the photos of the paintings they can paint on this wall, so people would vote for the painting they like the most.

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    • Help Save Monterrey, Mexico (If Monterrey falls, Mexico falls)

      The highly educated, upper-income, modern city of Monterrey, MX is under siege. The city is full of smart, educated young people that are trying to modernize and move Mexico into the future. However, in just 4 years time the narcotics cartels have turned the city into a battle zone. People are scared to leave their homes after dark and the cartels are attempting to subvert and control the government. The primary tools the cartels use are fear and violence through a system of corrupt police, corrupt taxi drivers, and random road blocks and kidnappings.
      The young people of Monterrey are…

      72 votes
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      • An app/website where residents of the same building can collectively raise money for green projects

        This idea was inspired by NYC's new solar map (http://nycsolarmap.com/) where each buildings solar potential is shown. Projects like solar panels mounted on the roof or the installment of a green roof can be suggested by one building resident accompanied by an amount of money that they would be willing to give to the project. Then they could email their neighbors or post the project on facebook. The residents could either anonymously pledge money or make their names visible for the neighbors to see. Goals can be set and green projects could be worked for in a community…

        41 votes
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        • An app that alows you to rate the social/environmental impact of neighborhood businesses.

          An app that allows you to review local businesses (and see other people's reviews) in terms of the positive or negative impact they have on your immediate community. In my neighborhood for instance, we have a cafe that sells free trade coffee, provides coffee grounds and egg shells for neighborhood gardeners, and offers a comfortable (and free!) space for community meetings. On the other hand, we have a liquor store that does nothing to discourage drug dealers from selling to its customers, sells hundreds of packaged snacks that lead to litter-strewn streets, and is known to have several guns at…

          61 votes
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          • App For Merchants To Tout Green Practices And Run Targeted Promotions

            Consumers often cannot distinguish good products from bad because of inadequate information and suspect marketing. Our app would allow merchants to provide credible information about their green products and sustainable business practices and run promotions that target consumers based on personal purchase activity. The consumer would register with this app using their personal credit card. The app would connect consumers to these promotions and to each another, creating an online ecosystem for collaborative consumerism.

            16 votes
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            • Are You Gonna Finish That?

              Food sharing! The portions in this country are huge.

              10 votes
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              • Bike Oakland!

                This one's from @AndaPR:

                A bike map / transport app for people to crowdsource and rate safe bike riding routes in Oakland.
                - Build it on map existing bike lanes
                - Provide aggregated news updates about lanes to be added in the future and other relevant commute stuff.
                - Include a carbon calculator so they can figure out how much they're saving by biking as opposed to driving, taking a bus or train.
                - Include a way to crowdsource incidences that people encounter. Let them and others use it as an opportunity to make / suggest community improvements
                - Include…

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                • Rides app: casual carpool (with a possible extension into an anti-DUI app)

                  First phase of this app would allow people to log in (using FB authetication, Google, Twitter, etc.) and share location based info--people checked into a location as a driver or rider would display numbers of riders or drivers at a given location.

                  As people became more engaged, the app could be expanded to include comments, feedback, and to eventually assist riders in finding rides back from SF.

                  If the model was successful enough (with enough users and level of community/trust, this same app could be extended to help people find rides home at other times (think late night after Bart…

                  5 votes
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                  • 49 votes
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                    • An app that tells you the true effect/footprint of what you are about to buy.

                      Much of the suffering in the world is easily preventable. When we go to the grocery store, we can choose beans or beef. When we go clothes shopping, we can choose Forever 21 or vintage. When we are selecting holiday transportation, we can choose train or plane. We have choices: Eat a plant, or murder a sentient cow. Have your clothes made by slaves in polluting factories, or buy pre-loved. Pollute a little or pollute a lot. The problem is that most people aren't aware of all of their choices, and don't realize the full impact of those choices.

                      I…

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                      • A platform that connects Professionals with local volunteer opportunities.

                        There are plenty of organizations that could really use web developers, designers, or tech volunteers, but very few resources that can put these organizations in contact with skilled professionals.

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                        • 10 votes
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                          • A kickstarter for social change projects

                            Similar to kickstarter, where anyone can submit ideas and projects for public donation. This is different to traditional NPO donations as this is more organic and individual. The ideas can have a larger flexibility and more personal touch.

                            For refrence:
                            http://www.quora.com/Where-is-the-kickstarter-to-help-launch-non-profits

                            22 votes
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                            • Found!!! Fido/Felix app

                              Set up a database with animals needing space and space available.

                              Initially this will begin primarily with foster and rescue organizations and local shelters--when they are updating their info (either for petfinder, their own sites, or for internal purposes) they could fill out a form that would track their availability and need.

                              If individuals find an animal, it could be used to help place them into interim or emergency shelters while awaiting permanent shelter spots. It would also populate a "found animal" listing, to assist in providing a resource for owners looking for lost animals.

                              4 votes
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                              • 42 votes
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                                • Continue the WishServer project that took 2nd place at the May Parisoma Startup Weekend

                                  A web service to automatically surface items available for free or close to free that match requests on nonprofit wishlists online.

                                  Demo completed, first customers developed, needs much hacking.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • An app that visually maps opportunities for social change near you.

                                    The app would function like many other location based apps. When you log in, the app would pull opportunities from sites like VolunteerMatch and Idealist.org that are in your neighborhood.

                                    With an extremely disproportionate amount of people whose sole access to the internet being through mobile devices representing minority and economically disadvantaged communities, access to social change opportunities is a matter of utmost importance.

                                    Imagine if you could log into an app on your phone, see a need in your community, and act?

                                    31 votes
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                                    • Lightweight volunteer task claiming widget

                                      An simple, well-designed, embeddable widget that nonprofits, open source software projects, and others can use to list specific tasks that they need help with and would like volunteers to take on. It's a little like a bugtracker, but with a few key differences: one, the tasks are primarily non-technical; two, there aren't hundreds of them, just a few that are the current priorities for the organization; and three, entering in a new task or claiming a current one is super easy and lightweight: no account creation, no endless form fields to fill out. Some tasks would only require one volunteer's…

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                                      • Corporate Accountability App

                                        It would be nice to be able to scan a barcode on a product and see information on the behavior of the corporation that produces it. Things like total CEO compensation, salary of lowest paid full time employee, total profits, taxes paid, donations to political parties, number of lobbyists employed.

                                        20 votes
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                                        • Connect grassroots activists to the people who want to donate tangible resources but arent sure how

                                          A platform to connect grassroots activists to tangible, needed resources from members of the private sector who want to offer support, but dont know what to give, who to give it to, and how. at

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