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. 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 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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      • 49 votes
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        • 42 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 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…

              40 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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                • Help people in developing nations to sell their products directly to the world

                  There are many barriers for small producers and individuals to sell their products, handicrafts, or similar items. Two of the main barriers are:
                  1) An easy way to create an online web-store, having no programming experience and possibly very little computer experience
                  2) An easy way to accept payment for goods internationally

                  A possible solution for the payment portion could be bitcoin.
                  The online webstore could be modeled after etsy,com, which requires sellers to have a credit card.

                  22 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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                    • Make government data more accessible and actionable

                      Cities, such as San Francisco and Portland, have published enormous amounts of data in electronic form. It's hard for most people to understand or use this information for any kind of good. This data needs to be visualized, processed, synthesized, and related to other things to make it usable and actionable.

                      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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                        • 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.

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                          • 19 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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                              • An app that connects knowledgeable locals to newbies or tourists

                                An app that could connect tourists to people that are willing to help. The tourist would approach a helper that has a QR code on his sleeve or shirt. After scanning the code, one could confirm that this helper is indeed helpful and receive information/directions from this person (potentially for a mild incentive).

                                14 votes
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                                • 12 votes
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                                  • Remove the awkward from the fundraising house party and insert the fun

                                    I want to build an app that can be used to allow anyone to hold a house party for an organization, where people can donate funding in advance to reach their goal. Those names will go directly into a donor database (like Salesforce) for the organization, and the party host will receive an awesome "party pack" once they have raised x amount of funds. The revolution should be fun and crowd-sourced!

                                    12 votes
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                                    • 10 votes
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                                      • Are You Gonna Finish That?

                                        Food sharing! The portions in this country are huge.

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                                        • 10 votes
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