New Relic, 188 Spear Street #1200, San Francisco

What is this event about?

The OWFA Kick-off Hackathon is a free, non-competitive, open-to-everyone event where writers, artists, designers, programmers, managers, editors, speakers, and many others, all come together to help brainstorm, write, design and build out the One Web For All community resources.

We’re aiming to put together a series of resources that address and counter many systemic issues people are facing every day, such as exclusive work cultures, hostile online communities, and more. These resources will support anyone interested in working towards a better, more inclusive world.

What’s One Web For All?

One Web For All is a new grassroots, non-profit organization helping businesses and individuals learn more about creating welcoming, inclusive cultures. The planned OWFA website will host resources and how-to guides for companies, conferences, community managers, editors, and individuals interested in fostering inclusivity in their physical and online spaces.

Doesn’t “hackathon” mean coding? What if I don’t code?

While we’re calling it a hackathon, we’re explicitly welcoming everyone, regardless of their skill or talent. Writers, artists, designers, managers, editors, speakers, and, yes, programmers. But it’s not limited to digital workers: maybe you’re a baker, a stand-up comic, a local shop owner, or something else. Whatever your skill, you’re welcome — and we know that together we’ll find a way for you to contribute.

What if I don’t want to work on the OWFA sites? Can I bring my own project(s) to work on?

Yes! Independent projects are welcome as long as they abide by our Code of Conduct. If you already have something in mind, you can submit your project ideas ahead of time by emailing us, so that we can list it on the site for others to be inspired by.

Do I have to work on the OWFA projects?

Nope! The listed projects are provided as starting ideas, so that no one needs to feel pressured to come up with their own project or idea.

Does the hackathon cost money?

Nope, it’s free for everyone to join. We have Supporter tickets in addition to free ones, which serve as donations supporting Double Union.

Do I have to attend both days?

While it is certainly not required, we do encourage everyone to participate in both days to the best of their abilities. We understand and respect that you may have obligations and/or responsibilities that may require you to leave early, and that’s fine—all we ask is that you inform your team(s) of this at the start of the day.

What do I need to bring?

Ideally, you would bring your own laptop (or tablet), power supply, and if desired, writing/sketching materials. We unfortunately do not have the ability to provide computers for people to work on, but even with just pen and paper you can contribute meaningfully.

I want to contribute! What are these projects?

We have a lot of ideas for small projects to raise awareness around social issues that contribute to misunderstandings, less welcome environments, and even discrimination. We’ve prepared structures and starting points for these projects, to make them accessible for anyone to work on and contribute to, but they are just that: starting points. We encourage everyone to realize the project they work on in their own way. Now have a look at the list below!

I want to contribute. Sign me up!

Participation is free, but we have optional donation tickets to support Double Union.

Code of Conduct

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the venue at the discretion of the event staff and organizers.

You can read our full Code of Conduct here.

Sponsors

  1. Location sponsored by New Relic
  2. Gold sponsor: Mozilla
  3. Gold sponsor: Heroku
  4. Gold sponsor: Adobe Accessibility
  5. Silver sponsor: Hackbright Academy
  6. Silver sponsor: Fastly
  7. Silver sponsor: Ryan Kennedy
  8. Silver sponsor: Github
  9. Silver sponsor: Edyt
  10. Silver sponsor: Foursquare
  11. Materials sponsored by Slack
  12. Coffee beans sponsored by Tonx
  13. Fresh lattes sponsored by Presentate
  14. Sponsor: James Turnbull
  15. Sponsor: Kyle Kingsbury
  16. Fonts sponsored by Typekit
  17. Interested in sponsoring? Contact us!

Interested in sponsoring? contact us!

Projects

  • Flaminga, a Troll-Proof Twitter Client

    Skills: Development and Design

    An open source project to create a mobile/web app for Twitter users that combats harassment and known hostile behaviors. Allows blocks to be semi-visible; block lists to be shared and subscribed; filtering mentions based on the minimum age of an account or association with blocked users; and much more.(Original concept pitch)

    Emphasis: Development

  • Publisher Ethics Guidelines

    Skills: Writing, Design, and Development

    Partially inspired by the story of “Dr. V,” this group would create a manual for would-be editors and existing publications on socially responsible content curation and management. This includes defining best practices on how to advertise for submissions (particularly to less visible or marginalized writers), what "fair compensation" means for contributors, an anti-harassment policy for reporting, and standard protocol for dealing with subject matter that falls outside the expertise or familiarity of the editorial staff.

    Emphasis: Writing

  • A Guide to Class Mobility

    Skills: Writing, Design, and Development

    The goal is to create an information repository for people who want to get a job somewhere in IT, but aren’t served well by the conventional ways of doing that. So scholarships, training programs, [X] in Tech groups, or information about minority rights, imposter syndrome, etc… It’s essentially all the information a (well informed) mentor would be able to give to you, except sitting online, accessible to everyone, and with a dedicated minority focus.

    Emphasis: Writing

  • Avatar Activism: Solidarity Mark

    Skills: Development and Design

    “Avatar Activism” — the act of changing your avatar to promote an activist movement of some sort — rarely has the level of effect as directly encouraging people to act, to make change. But what if your goal is to raise awareness? That’s where our “Solidarity Mark” avatar project comes in: it simply aims to raise awareness as a social message, while helping people understand the issues as they personalize their avatar mark. Read on for more details.

    Emphasis: Development

  • Data-Vis/Infographics

    Skills: Design and Research

    If there is design bandwidth left, the various research being aggregated and referenced by the other projects at the event could benefit from some data visualization, perhaps even some infographics. Compile the most interesting, outrageous, or shocking statistics and visualize them to add emphasis to their message.

    Emphasis: Design

  • Surveys for Social Change

    Skills: Writing, Design, and Development

    Late last month, Julia Evans did an informal survey about how gendered (or not) the word “Guys” is. The results were fascinating—read the blog post!—and Evans talked about the idea of surveys for social change. We think it’s a stellar idea, and that this hackathon is a great opportunity for people to come together and create a handful of subversive surveys for social change (try saying that five times fast!)

    Emphasis: Writing

  • Setting The Record Straight

    Skills: Research, Writing, Design, and Development

    There are tons of predisposed views and beliefs about all groups of people in our society—see for instance this UN study—and much of it is based on self-perpetuating myths and prejudiced beliefs, rather than fact. In this project, we attempt to “Google Bomb” these harmful misconceptions with the truth, by creating a series of dedicated pages for many of the most common (and troubling) Google Autocomplete suggestions that keep these myths alive. We’re setting the record straight, and hopefully these pages will become the top results when people search these myths.

    Emphasis: Research

  • Always Crashing: Debunking Faulty Arguments

    Skills: Writing, Research, Design, and Development

    This group will collect common myths and arguments often encountered when debating issues of diversity, feminism, intersectionality, etc., and create the Always Crashing website. Each (specific) argument will be given its own page, with a concise breakdown of why the argument is faulty, citing research where applicable (See the Citation Provided project), and at the end, link to similar or subsequent arguments that are often made, each with their own page as well.

    Emphasis: Writing

  • A Glossary for Diversity

    Skills: Writing, Research, and Development

    Participants will define terms useful for people interested in diversity in tech. The results will go on the OWFA web site as a centralized resource.

    Emphasis: Writing

  • Citation Needed Provided

    Skills: Research, Writing, and Development

    This group will collect research relating to diversity in tech, inclusive cultures and their impact on the bottom line and work environment. The results will go on the OWFA web site as a centralized resource.

    Emphasis: Research

  • Video Interviews

    Skills: Sharing and Development

    People have stories to tell about the disenfranchisement they’ve experienced, the discrimination they faced, or the small and uplifting victories they’ve had. As we’re working to make a better world for everyone, these stories deserve to be told and shared, to remind people why we’re doing this, why it matters. If you’d like to share your story in this project, please prepare it beforehand, to ensure a smooth video recording process.

    Emphasis: Sharing

  • Gathering resources for diversity in tech

    Skills: Writing and Development

    Ashe Dryden will lead a group to gather resources for people supporting diversity in technology and other industries. The results will go on the OWFA web site. Research has incidated many times that when people feel discriminated in some way, they are not as efficient or effective at their tasks at hand. To combat that, this project will cite and produce material that helps create more inclusive cultures in the workplace, thereby allowing people to simply be themselves and, as a result, perform to the best of their abilities.

    Emphasis: Writing

  • Books people should read

    Skills: Research and Development

    This group will create reading list(s) for people interested in diversity in tech, in the model of Shanley Kanes Reading list for a new kind of manager. The result will be made available on the OWFA site as a centralized resource.

    Emphasis: Research

  • Lists of videos for employees to watch

    Skills: Research, Writing, and Development

    This group will make a list of great 101-level videos about diversity in tech: conference talk recordings, video blogs, actual documentaries, or similar. The goal is a list that people could work through gradually.

    Emphasis: Research

Please note that you do not need to sign up for projects ahead of time, and can always bring your own ideas to the hackathon!