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. 12 votes
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    • Government Accountability App

      It would be great to have a phone app that would look up your city/state/federal representatives based on your location/address and give you detailed voting records and links to information on legislation voted on by those people as well as contact information. Make a call or send an email from your phone in response to votes on particular legislation. We need a populace that is more engaged in the political process!

      6 votes
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      • 3 votes
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        • Hi i want to update mac 10.6.1 to 10.6.2

          It need higher version of Darwin os .... It' trap by kernel panic

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          • A website to allow FourSquare users to petition retail businesses for change

            This website would allow FourSquare users to post petitions related to retail businesses in their community, and to "sign" those petitions with their checkins to those businesses' locations. For example, if ten customers who checkin to a coffee shop twice a week sign a petition about that coffee shop, the petition would show 20 signatures in a given week. This website would allow petition-signers to demonstrate that they are already loyal customers of the business being petitioned, thereby giving the petition more clout. Community groups trying to encourage a business to take some positive step (e.g., compost food, treat workers…

            3 votes
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            • 5 votes
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              • Map 211 Data for Smartphones, Create Text App

                I would love to see something done with 211 information on smart phones to supplement the phone service provided. Think of a national referral system of services within communities via maps that show you were the nearest schools, police stations, and homeless shelters are, etc. I'd love to see more focus on information that makes our communities more livable in terms of human services.

                You could also explore how to provide 211 data via text as well.

                3 votes
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                • An App to suggest Companies in your area that use enviromental and a non-descrimination Program

                  To make us aware of companies that are not as they look on the outside, or that they are 100% free of discrimination and use recycle, building green policies.

                  2 votes
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                  • Any Open State Project Type App

                    http://openstates.sunlightlabs.com/
                    They are working on API 's and databases of State Legislators, State Level Bills, State Committees and their Membership, so Hack for Change could either work on delivering these data sets in a more user-friendly form (xml? GUI?), or even data mining that help build the data sets for the states that have not been ushered into the "experimental" phase, like my state--Oregon!

                    2 votes
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                    • 7 votes
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                      • A widget that keeps track of the carbon footprint of using my computer as I'm using it.

                        I know that computer usage isn't the biggest consumer of coal, but it does add up, and it would be a good way to keep us conscious of one of the ways we consume electricity.

                        A way to make this kind of widget more complicated would be to track the sites I visit, have some way of knowing where they're hosted, and what kind of energy is used to host them (I'm thinking about the controversy over facebook powering its servers with coal, versus sites who are hosted on servers powered by renewable energy).

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                        • 5 votes
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                          • A YouTube for educational videos/writeups, organized and edited

                            Students are spending a lot of time looking for explanations (esp math) on the web. There are a couple of good tutors who have put free math videos up, but this is just a start. It would be nice to have a site with a good organizational structure where users could upload videos of them explaining things and viewers could rate the explanations. Then we could find out what the best way is to explain a particular concept! Then students would have one place to go where they would be guaranteed (eventually) of finding a clear, correct (editing would be…

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                            • An app that rewards real-world activity, e.g. participating in non-profit organizations

                              This was Tim Berners-Lee's vision of what the web would be good for. Have a social networking site where you can log your help-the-world or get-off-the-computer activities and get some sort of virtual credit for it. It could evolve into a hub for grassroots organizing. You could give points for community organization only or you could branch out and reward other things like exercising, hosting parties (real-world social interaction is a good thing!), shopping locally, riding a bike, carpooling, etc. This would counter-act how the web has been commercialized and how it has taken energy away from real-world community life.

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