As much as we like to think of the Internet as being a fun-loving place full of cat videos and goofy memes, it can also be a place filled with hostility and harassment; a place that threatens diversity and inclusion, and a place that One Web for All hopes to change.
Founded by a team of developers, designers, entrepreneurs and activists, One Web for All is a new grassroots, non-profit organization aimed at helping businesses and individuals learn more about creating welcoming and inclusive cultures. This weekend, the OWFA is kicking off its very first hackathon, and we’re thrilled to be hosting it at New Relic HQ in San Francisco.
Anyone is invited to attend the free event, regardless of skill or talent, and whether you have coding skills or not. There will be a variety of projects to work on, including a troll-proof Twitter client, a manual for publisher ethics guidelines, a website to breakdown commonly encountered sexist or racist views, and many more. You can also bring your own ideas to the table—you’re free to work on whichever projects you like and feel you can contribute to.
Eventually, the OWFA plans to launch a website with wiki-like properties that will host resources and how-to guides for anyone interested in fostering inclusivity in their physical and online spaces. Based on the growing buzz and many requests for similar events in other cities, there’s also been talk of additional OWFA hackathons in the future. But as Faruk Ateş, OWFA co-founder puts it, “The first step is raising awareness, and the second step is providing ways to use that awareness and do something to help change the status quo for the better. With this hackathon, hopefully we can make a major stride to cover both steps in a significant way.”
So to that end, we hope you’ll join us this weekend in making The One Web for All Kick-off Hackathon a success. Hope to see you there!
What: The One Web for All Kick-Off Hackathon
When: February 1 & 2, 2014 (10am-9pm on Saturday, 10am-6pm on Sunday)
Where: New Relic, 188 Spear Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94105
Who: Programmers, writers, designers, managers, editors, speakers, and anyone else—no coding or digital skills needed!
For more info, visit: http://onewebforall.us/
OWFA is still looking for additional sponsors; so if you’re interested in helping out, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (the sooner, the better!).