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The Michal Sela Hackathon, Safe@Home, is a technological event, the first and only one of its kind in Israel, to develop startups to save lives and prevent domestic violence against women.

The annual Michal Sela Hackathon, Safe@Home will be launched for the third time, on the 35th birthday of the late Michal Sela, powered by the Michal Sela Forum and Google.

Like last year, the hackathon will last 3 days and will culminate in a celebratory finale at the President's House and in the presence of President Mr. Yitzhak (Buzi) Herzog and his wife Michal Herzog. 

This year, too, a special program called ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ was added to the hackathon, in which women surviving violence will lead startups. At the end of the hackathon, the leading ventures will have the opportunity to continue participating in prestigious programs, Accelerator, as part of an annual holistic technological set-up, with the aim of assisting further venture development and turning them into sustainable technological products.

What is the Hackathon?

The Hackathon is a high-tech event in which programmers who do not necessarily know each other meet, and collaborate on a challenge set by the Hackathon team. The participating programmers choose a technological idea for solving the challenge, plan the solution and accordingly make up an entrepreneurial team - whose team members' skills meet the specific needs that arise (whether these are technological or content needs). During the Hackathon days, the teams sit together for long hours and intensively - programming technological products until the MVP stage. The Hackathon enables teams to be accompanied by various mentors and experts. At the end of the hackathon, a competition will be held between the technological products built.

About The Hackathon Michal Sela, Safe@Home

The Hackathon Michal Sela, Safe @Home a technological event, the first and only one of its kind in Israel, to develop startups to save lives and prevent domestic violence against women.

 

Goals

To create a new ecosystem of technologies to prevent femicide and domestic violence. The hackathon is centered around designing, building, and developing life-saving technological enterprises, and thus to lead a practical and innovative move that proves that solutions exist and that domestic violence can be fought and defeated.

Target audience

The general public is invited to participate in the Hackathon in a variety of different ways:

 

  • Entrepreneurs: Raising ideas for life-saving technologies.

  • Team: Being part of the team  in a variety of roles - programming, algorithm, building a marketing video for the project and more.

  • Expert: Expertising the projects in the fields of: counseling, technology, domestic violence and more

  • Miscellaneous Roles:  such as mentoring and technical staff.

Challenges

The challenges in the hackathon were developed by The Michal Sela Forum in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services, and the Inter-Ministerial Committee of the National Government Program to Combat Violence Against Women. As part of the holistic, creative, and pragmatic thinking at the foundation of everything the Michal Sela Forum does - the challenges are geared at providing solutions for all those affected: the victim, the attacker, the close environment, GovTech institution and authorities.

 

Steps

The entire general public is invited to attend the hackathon.

Before starting the virtual hackathon, a special program (called “Nothing About Us Without Us”) that appeals to an audience of women and youth who have experienced violence themselves or about a very close person (such as a sister) is happening in April.

As part of this program, professional idea workshops (Ideation) are held to come up with an idea for a technological solution to save the lives of women and children captured by domestic violence.

This is not a mandatory program. This is a program in which women survivors of violence participate in entrepreneurial and ideological workshops of the Michal Sela Forum in collaboration with EY, and come up with technological ideas for saving the lives of women who have experienced violence themselves or about a very close person . The best ideas are accepted for Hackathon and the women entrepreneurs get a professional team and experienced programmers - for free - to build the venture.

The Michal Sela Hackathon Safe @ Home lasts three days: the first two and a half days are virtual and take place inside a dedicated interactive complex built especially for the Hackathon, which allows for remote teamwork. On the evening of the third day, a physical event takes place - the festive Hackathon finale at the President of Israel's home. Participation in the hackathon is free.