Coding for Change in Mumbai and Bangalore
June 2014 – In June 2014, JPMorgan Chase kicked off its global 2014 Code for Good series with nearly 500 participants at hackathons in Mumbai and Bangalore. These hackathons bring together university students and the firm's employees who are passionate about technology and making a difference. They take place in cities around the world, benefitting local and global change-making organizations from the surrounding communities.
The two-day competitions run overnight, with students coding in teams and racing against the clock - and each other - to come up with creative technological solutions to real challenges faced by nonprofits. The students' innovative ideas are developed into working prototypes with the support of JPMorgan Chase technologists who work directly with the students, serving as mentors and subject matter experts.
In challenges held over the past year in Delaware, London, Mumbai, New York and Ohio, dozens of socially-focused organizations have benefitted from the students' creativity and technical skills.
All ideas and code generated during Code for Good hackathons are built out through JPMorgan Chase's Force for Good program, so the good work started at the hackathons does not go to waste. Force for Good leverages our technology staff volunteers and our internal subject matter experts to form creative, motivated and diverse project teams. Projects range from mobile application development to technology optimization.
Students have the opportunity to meet new people, work with great mentors and create new connections to help launch their future careers. Employee volunteers enjoyed the opportunity to serve as mentors and coaches. "The Code for Good hackathons are of great value to our community here in India," said Punit Sood, Chief Information Officer, India. "Incredible numbers of volunteers come together and we get to see and develop exceptional student talent."