This is an expedition unlike the others. This annual hackathon will target large scale solutions in the fight against trafficking. You’ll spend 4 days understanding the issue with nonprofits and leaders in the field. You’ll then head to Kathmandu to meet the Nepal expedition team, joining forces to create tech-focused solutions in the biggest hackathon Effect Expeditions has ever 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.
In Kolkata, 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 travel to Kathmandu to meet up with the Nepal 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!
2 countries, one expedition! Start in India and learn about human trafficking. Then continue the journey, travelling to Nepal to compare notes with the Nepal team.
The Kolkata and Nepal teams will come together in Kathmandu to pitch ideas, create tech-based solutions and design prototypes during a 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 Kolkata and 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.
Hailing from a small town in Idaho (USA), Casey’s love of international development started at age 19, as he lead others in life changing activities in Albania for 2 years. He started Effect.org in 2010, opening a school in rural Bihar, India. Passionate about filmmaking, he produced Stolen Innocence, a documentary exposing human trafficking. In 2015, Casey led the largest volunteer group rebuilding after the Nepal earthquake. An outdoor fanatic, Casey is happiest in the mountains and loves getting out on his bicycle.
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 was powerful- for many reasons. It was wonderful and heartbreaking. It was exciting and difficult. All in all, it was transformative. It's a completely different experience when you see these people, organizations, and challenges firsthand. I think the work we did made a real difference.
The expedition format is well adapted for making you conscious of the reality on the ground and the obstacles faced by the local actors. The fact that we lived as a group for 7 days helps when it comes to collectively look for solutions. And you get to meet amazing people (both local and your fellow expedition members), visits exotic locations and feel so inspired by your experience.
I suppose it's difficult to put into words - but it's certainly had an effect on my life. Seeing extremes of poverty, human hardship and seemingly insoluble problems of trafficking in India and the meeting the incredible people who make a real difference to lives. It's challenging, heart warming, heart breaking... A worthwhile trip.