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Virtual Hackathon to Promote Economic Mobility

Technology can be a force to improve various aspects of a community, and UNC Charlotte is issuing a public challenge for developers to create applications or games to advance a social good.

The UNC Charlotte Data Science Initiative, through its Partnership for Social Good, is sponsoring a virtual hackathon to address economic mobility in the Queen City. Participants will compete for $10,000 in prizes, and their challenge is to create a mobile platform-based application or game that addresses this problem.

Mirsad Hadzikadic, director of the Complex Systems Institute and executive director of the Data Science Initiative, said, "The mission of the Partnership for Social Good is to provide a platform for corporations, government and universities to jointly address issues related to the social good of the community, such as economic mobility. Our vision is that the partnership will be a catalyst for positive, long-lasting change in the society, ultimately making it more just and fair."

Film Receives Regional Emmy Nomination

UNC Charlotte researcher Margaret Quinlan and colleagues received a regional Emmy nomination for the film "Creative Abundance," which explores how art can redefine vocational opportunities and expand the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Quinlan, an associate professor in communication studies and core faculty with the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology doctoral program, is a co-producer on the film. She was nominated by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category "Documentary – Cultural/Topical," along with lead producer Lynn Harter, professor, Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University; and Evan Shaw, chief videographer / editor, WOUB.

“It is a huge honor in so many ways,” Quinlan said. “It is an honor that the individuals in the film allowed us to tell their stories. This documentary draws from years of research. Dr. Harter invited me into a research project she was working on in 2003 related to disability and sheltered workshops. My passion for creating these films started with that work over a decade ago.”