This is an expedition unlike the others. This annual hackathon will target large scale solutions behind fighting trafficking. You’ll spend 4 days understanding the issue with nonprofits and leaders in the field. You’ll then be introduced to the Mumbai expedition team, joining forces to create tech-focused solutions in the biggest hackathon Effect Expeditions has hosted!
During this expedition and global hackathon, a team of volunteers from Google and Salesforce will learn about the trafficking trade, creating ‘big-picture’ solutions in the fight against trafficking.
Effect.org operates schools in India which saw decreasing numbers in girls’ attendance. Upon learning they were being lost to the trafficking trade, Effect.org founder, Casey began to create a documentary exposing India’s trafficking underworld.
Together with Effect.org partners, you’ll meet with survivors and anti-trafficking nonprofits as you undestand the factors behind this issue. You’ll then meet up with the Mumbai team as you prepare for the hackathon.
The biggest goal is to leverage each individual’s technical skills during the global hackathon; you’ll pitch ideas, form teams, and design products.
Whether you are a marketer, HR, developer or have other skills, every professional background assists in making this hackathon successful!
Travel through the Kathmandu Valley visiting nonprofit leaders and inspirational survivors of human trafficking. Later, meet the Mumbai team and compare notes on the issue.
In Kathmandu, together with the Mumbai team you’ll pitch ideas, create tech-based solutions and design prototypes in a 54 hour hackathon. Coder, marketer, designer, all skills are needed to make this happen.
You’ll have the chance to learn at a grassroots level how human trafficking affects Nepal. Working with nonprofits and applying your everyday skills, you’ll create solutions to help change lives.
With input from Effect.org nonprofit partners, you’ll create big-picture solutions to fight trafficking. These nonprofits will then be given grants to continue their invaluable work.
A British native, Nicole handles Effect.org’s strategy. She started her career shaping lifestyle brands in London. After working closely with nonprofits, she knew she wanted to use her branding, marketing and strategic skills to give the silenced a voice. A writer and avid reader, she has a way with words. Nicole is big on multitasking, loves to laugh and is training for her first half marathon.
Starting her career in marketing and events for corporate america, Sandy turned her attention to international development when she moved to India and scaled programs centered around Social Enterprise throughout the country. Sandy administered and created programs both helping the homeless and preventing homelessness in her hometown of Turlock, CA. Sandy has a true passion for everything India, is addicted to coffee and loves boxing, reading, and travel!
The expedition beat all my expectations. I came away from the trip feeling better educated about the current cultural, economic and geopolitical climate, and feeling satisfied that I was able to get involved and make a difference for the local organizations effect.org connected us to. As an added bonus, the group I was a part of was amazing and I'm happy to have made such close friends with such a diverse group over the short duration of the expedition.
Amazing experience, full of emotions, learning, discovery and work. I couldn't expect more than that. I plan to repeat it at least twice a year. Thank you for this amazing life experience, I will never forget what I saw and felt.
I feel enormously privileged to have been a part of this trip. My life is altered. We love both you and Nicole, as well as the trip leaders for giving us this opportunity and taking care of our needs. The trip was very well organized, there could have been huge glitches but everything sorted itself out, and we go back richer people with eyes wide open and hearts motivated to make a difference. We all need to be spokespeople for this cause and empower women with more confidence and education. Thanks for leading the charge on this so admirably. You're an inspiration.