At Right To Play, we're focused on making sure the bulk of our funds go to supporting the kids in our programs, their Coaches and teachers. So when we were invited to participate in an IBM two-day workshop to generate new ideas for technology issues our organization faces, we were happy to attend.
Three IBM teams flexed their creative muscles at their recent "hackathon"—a friendly competition between groups of industry-related talents to try and solve issues their partners face.
With more than 20 offices spanning the globe, Right To Play staff face challenges locating, gathering and sharing real-time information, which can take hours away from them to plan and run programs.
For non-profits, who often lack funds for such technology innovation, hackathons are a chance to see bright minds tackle their unique issues with leading-edge tools and platforms.
"We've been talking about this problem for a while and we just don't have the technical capacity, know-how or creativity to fix something so complex," explains Tina Traini, Director – IT Systems and Solutions for Right To Play. "Now, we have an actual, written concept we can use moving forward."
Each team was asked to scope and develop new technology solutions using IBM Bluemix, their cloud-based server. They put together pitches based on actual examples of our work and presented their understanding of the problem, their approach to addressing it, the tools and applications used and a short demo of their prototype.
Tina was impressed by the level of dedication and passion all of the teams showed.
"One of the teams even stayed overnight to work on it," says Tina. "I could really see their enthusiasm for what we do and we really appreciate it."
Thank you to the IBM organizing committee, IBM Corporate Citizenship and all teams for your ongoing support of Right To Play.