Vodafone Foundation launches 2013 charity hackathon

Telco's charity arm partners with Pozible crowdfunding platform for App Aid

The Vodafone Foundation has launched the 2013 edition of its charity hackathon, App Aid. As with App Aid 2012, teams of developers will partner with charities for the event.

The goal is to build prototype mobile apps to help the charities' work. This year Vodafone's charity arm has partnered with the Pozible crowdfunding service, allowing teams to raise additional money to build the apps. The foundation will match up to $10,000 teams raise through Pozible.

Last year the St John Ambulance NSW team took first place in a field of 10 teams with its 'Responder App', which was designed to help the medical service's volunteers in emergency situations.

An app developed for OzHarvest, which gathers excess from restaurants and cafes to feed people in need, scored second place, netting the organisation $10,000. The app allowed businesses notify the organisation when they have excess food for the charity to collect.

This year, there are five slots available for teams, with Vodafone seeking startups and digital agencies to partner with charities. The 2013 App Aid will take place over four weeks, as opposed to the 48 hours of the 2012 hackathon.

Teams will have two weeks to build a prototype, and then two weeks to garner public support on Pozible. The team that receives the largest number of individual backers on the crowdfunding service will win the event and receive an additional $10,000.

The Vodafone Foundation is accepting applications to take part in App Aid until 5pm on 4 October. Interested developers and charities can register online.

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