Interaction Design student teams up to take home second hack-a-thon award

Tammy Lee and her team at the Twitter hack-a-thon event in San Francisco.

Tammy Le and her team at the Twitter hack-a-thon event in San Francisco.

A Sheridan Interaction Design student has won her second hack-a-thon (Chime Hack 2) after her team took home the Best User Experience and Design award at San Francisco’s Twitter headquarters.

The hack-a-thon promoted safety for girls and women across Canada and Le’s “Think Twice for Change” team won the award competing against many others. Lee said “Out of all the 47 teams, we definitely spent a lot more time trying to understand the people we were designing for than coding anything right off the bat. We started off with the question ‘Why don’t people speak up when they notice or overhear threatening remarks that reinforce rape culture?’ We ended up conducting a survey and got 50 responses. Consequently, both women and men said that they feared physical or social retaliation if they spoke up. Based on that knowledge, as well as our conversations with the non-profit partners present at the hack-a-thon, we were able to hone in on a simple, easy-to-use design focusing on putting the burden of change on the offenders as well as empowering bystanders.

Before the weekend my team and I had never met so the hack-a- was definitely a great example of bringing people together for a great cause. We ended up working extremely well together with no conflicts and had a great time.”

Le’s first hack-a-thon project called “CareUmbrella” won an international award hosted by DementiaHack where her team won 1st prize. We covered Le’s first hack-a-thon award and you can read all about it here.

Le was also awarded a People’s Choice Award for Cisco Challenge at the Pan Am Games.
You can visit their website here to learn more about their latest victory and initiative.

In addition you can visit the Chime Hack 2 website to learn more.

View pictures from the hack-a-thon here.


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