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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."

W+GRA Featured as Case Study

UNC Charlotte’s Women + Girls Research Alliance is featured as a case study in a new work on the practice of community-based research.

"Community-based Qualitative Research: Approaches for Education and the Social Sciences" was published by SAGE Publications; it was authored by Laura Ruth Johnson, associate professor, Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment, College of Education, Northern Illinois University.

"Women + Girls Research Alliance (W+GRA) is honored to be featured as one of three case studies in Dr. Johnson’s text," said Heather Brown, W+GRA executive director. "Community-based research is meant to be collaborative, critical and transformative. Our case study features the unique ways in which our work promotes collaboration between researchers and community, provides methods and opportunities for new voices to be heard in the research process and shares research results so that communities can use those results to shape practices and policies that are important to them and to their vision for their communities."