(Jul. 29, 2013)
Mumbai, India, hosted its first Code for Good Challenge this past weekend, giving a group of students the opportunity to help three nonprofits solve their real-world technology problems—all in the span of 24 hours.
Building on the success of J.P. Morgan's global "Be the Spark" Technology recruitment campaign, the firm's Technology for Social Good program organized the challenge. The event followed four successful challenges the firm hosted in Europe and North America over the past nine months.
101 strong and counting: Student programmers from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai show their spirit at the Code for Good Challenge in Mumbai, India.
"Today's technologists want to have an impact beyond their day job," said Ali Marano, head of Technology for Social Good. She noted that many nonprofit organizations find themselves limited by technical challenges they can't solve alone.
"The challenge provides the platform to connect the two parties together while inviting our employees to volunteer their technology skills and give back in a meaningful way."
The challenge received a record number of applications, with 101 student programmers representing 15 schools selected from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Participants were grouped into 18 teams to develop a technical solution proposed by the three nonprofit partner organizations: Ability Foundation, GiveIndia and Teach for India.
When the countdown clock hit zero after 24 hours of continuous coding, the judging panel selected Team 7 as the winners. The group, consisting of representatives from the M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology in Bangalore and the D.J. Sanghvi College of Engineering in Mumbai, developed a tool compatible with both web and mobile for Teach for India.
Coming up with a solution.
The solution enables real-time attendance tracking of students and teaching fellows across a wide range of devices
The Technology for Social Good team will work with the nonprofit organizations, as well as JPMorgan Chase technology analysts and interns, to further develop this weekend's solutions. The firm's Force for Good program will ensure the right technical expertise is coupled with each nonprofit.
More than 100 of the firm's Technology employees served as subject matter experts, team mentors, technical/presentation judges, and administrative support during the event.
"I must say this is one of the best experiences of our lifetimes," said Mrugank Karadkar, one of the challenge's volunteers. "Thank you for providing us the opportunity to feel younger, working and interacting with this dynamic and enthusiastic lot!"
Watching the clock.
According to Punit Sood, Chief Information Officer, J.P. Morgan, India, "The opportunity to make an impactful change in our community got the adrenaline of our employees flowing."
"That energy certainly rubbed off on the student teams, who saw J.P. Morgan as a great place to build a global technology career, while making a difference in the lives of others."