Major League Hacking 2019 Hackathon Season

Minerva Hackathon

  • April 6-7, 2019
  • GitHub HQ, San Francisco

Co-hosted with

Put your creativity into SDGs

At Minerva Hackathon, we believe that you can think and create bigger than most Hackathons expect from you. We encourage you to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) side by side with talented peers and outstanding mentors. Meet programmers, designers, and problem solvers to build projects together that are worth sharing because they matter for communities all over the world. Join us in a weekend-long problem-solving experience at GitHub HQ.

Theme
Sustainable Individual
Sustainable Lifestyle
Sustainable Society
Sustainable Systems
Sustainable Habitats
Sustainable Planet

More than half of children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Refocused efforts are needed to improve the quality of education. Disparities in education along the lines of gender, urban-rural location and other dimensions still run deep, and more investments in education infrastructure are required, particularly in LDCs.

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Many more people today are living healthier lives than in the past decade. Nevertheless, people are still suffering needlessly from preventable diseases, and too many are dying prematurely. Overcoming disease and ill health will require concerted and sustained efforts, focusing on population groups and regions that have been neglected.

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While extreme poverty has eased considerably since 1990, pockets of the worst forms of poverty persist. Ending poverty requires universal social protection systems aimed at safeguarding all individuals throughout the life cycle. It also requires targeted measures to reduce vulnerability to disasters and to address specific underserved geographic areas within each country.

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After a prolonged decline, world hunger appears to be on the rise again. Conflict, drought and disasters linked to climate change are among the key factors causing this reversal in progress.

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Too many people still lack access to safely managed water supplies and sanitation facilities. Water scarcity, flooding and lack of proper wastewater management also hinder social and economic development. Increasing water efficiency and improving water management are critical to balancing the competing and growing water demands from various sectors and users.

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Ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all has come one step closer due to recent progress in electrification, particularly in LDCs, and improvements in industrial energy efficiency. However, national priorities and policy ambitions still need to be strengthened to put the world on track to meet the energy targets for 2030.

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While some forms of discrimination against women and girls are diminishing, gender inequality continues to hold women back and deprives them of basic rights and opportunities. Empowering women requires addressing structural issues such as unfair social norms and attitudes as well as developing progressive legal frameworks that promote equality between women and men.

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Efforts have been made in some countries to reduce income inequality, increase zero-tariff access for exports from LDCs and developing countries, and provide additional assistance to LDCs and small island developing States (SIDS). However, progress will need to accelerate to reduce growing disparities within and among countries.

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Many regions of the world continue to suffer untold horrors as a result of armed conflict or other forms of violence that occur within societies and at the domestic level. Advances in promoting the rule of law and access to justice are uneven. However, progress is being made in regulations to promote public access to information, albeit slowly, and in strengthening institutions upholding human rights at the national level.

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Many cities around the world are facing acute challenges in managing rapid urbanization— from ensuring adequate housing and infrastructure to support growing populations, to confronting the environmental impact of urban sprawl, to reducing vulnerability to disasters.

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Steady progress has been made in the manufacturing industry. To achieve inclusive and sustainable industrialization, competitive economic forces need to be unleashed to generate employment and income, facilitate international trade and enable the efficient use of resources.

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Globally, labour productivity has increased and the unemployment rate has decreased. However, more progress is needed to increase employment opportunities, especially for young people, reduce informal employment and labour market inequality (particularly in terms of the gender pay gap), promote safe and secure working environments, and improve access to financial services to ensure sustained and inclusive economic growth.

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Protection of forest and terrestrial ecosystems is on the rise, and forest loss has slowed. That said, other facets of terrestrial conservation continue to demand accelerated action to protect biodiversity, land productivity and genetic resources and to curtail the loss of species.

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Advancing the sustainable use and conservation of the oceans continues to require effective strategies and management to combat the adverse effects of overfishing, growing ocean acidification and worsening coastal eutrophication. The expansion of protected areas for marine biodiversity, intensification of research capacity and increases in ocean science funding remain critically important to preserve marine resources.

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Decoupling economic growth from resource use is one of the most critical and complex challenges facing humanity today. Doing so effectively will require policies that create a conducive environment for such change, social and physical infrastructure and markets, and a profound transformation of business practices along global value chains.

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The year 2017 was one of the three warmest on record and was 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial period. An analysis by the World Meteorological Organization shows that the five-year average global temperature from 2013 to 2017 was also the highest on record. The world continues to experience rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions (the North Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest ever recorded) and increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases. This calls for urgent and accelerated action by countries as they implement their commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

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Goal 17 seeks to strengthen global partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda, bringing together national governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector and other actors. Despite advances in certain areas, more needs to be done to accelerate progress. All stakeholders will have to refocus and intensify their efforts on areas where progress has been slow.

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FAQ

A hackathon is an event where people come together to solve problems. It means bringing ideas into practice in a collaborative, creative and concentrated manner. A hackathon is a great opportunity because you push yourself beyond your limits - and make new friends along the way.
The application is open to everyone with a driven mind. No experience in hacking or in sustainability is necessary. Although background in working on the SDGs is a plus, everyone’s critical thinking skills definitely help in all steps from identifying the right problem to proposing an adequate solution.
Sadly, we can’t host students under 18 overnight.
You’ll find diverse skills like thinking, coding, designing, and problem-solving helpful in the hackathon, but don’t forget this is also a perfect time and place to learn!
We got you. We’ll provide sessions for team formation and idea brainstorming, so that you can form a team of up to 4 people. It is encouraged to pair up with people who have different skills. According to our experience, diversity background generates creative projects!
Our event is free for all admitted hackers. We do not have the resources to provide travel reimbursements this year. However, co-hosted with GitHub at its headquarters, we provide meals, coffee, swag, WiFi, electricity, etc. We are committed to provide great event experience for you all!
We are still finalizing the hackathon details. However, you can expect to check in and have breakfast from 9 AM to 10 AM on Saturday, April 6th. Hacking ends and the award ceremony takes place in the afternoon on Sunday, April 7th. We may wrap up the hackathon and depart from GitHub between 4 PM and 5 PM.
You should bring your own laptop, charger and any devices that you think would be helpful in hacking (don’t worry, an MLH hardware lab is also going to be present). Photo ID is required upon check-in. If you are staying overnight, make sure to bring some clothes, toiletries and sleeping bag/blanket.
Minerva Hackathon takes place at GitHub HQ at 88 Colin P Kelly Jr St, San Francisco, CA 94107.
Due to limited budget, we are not able to provide travel reimbursements for any hackers. However, once you get here, you can enjoy our free hackathon at GitHub and spend the night here with free food for all three days!
We do not provide any other accommodation than the overnight stay at GitHub with 24/7 security guard. Please aware that we aren’t able to host students under 18 overnight.
As a member of MLH (Major League Hacking), we follow MHL Code of Conduct, MLH Privacy Policy, and MLH Contest Terms and Conditions. You can find our code of conduct here: Minerva Hackathon Code of Conduct.
You can message or email us! Reach out to us through the contact form at the bottom of the page or through Facebook.
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Key moments

Schedule

Day 1. April 6, 2019
  • 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    GitHub opens doors
    Remember to bring an ID!
  • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Grand Opening
    Hosted by Alexander Wu
  • 11:30 AM
    Team Formation
    Facilitated by Amenti Kenea
  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Ideation (#rightproblem)
    Delivered by the briliant Chris Wilkinson
  • 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
    Intro to Slack Apps
    MLH workshop facilitated by Mikulas Plesak
  • 03:45 PM - 04:45 PM
    Intro to GitHub
    Hosted by the master, Janghoon Lee
  • 04:45 PM - 05:45 PM
    Intro to Blockchain
    Lead by the extraordinary Whitney Griffith
  • 06:15 PM - 07:00 PM
    Conversation with Audrey Tang
    Join a zoom call with the digital minister of Taiwan
  • 10:00 PM
    Doors close
    No re-enter until 08:00 AM!
Day 2. April 7, 2019
  • 08:00 AM
    Doors open again
    Welcome back to Minerva Hackathon
  • 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Finish hacking
    Upload your submission to DevPost
  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Project demos
    Show your submission to judges
  • 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
    Pitching and awards
    See what others have come up with!
  • 04:00 PM
    The End
    Thank you for attending :)
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Meet the Team