Coding for good

On November 16-18, more thank 80 university students were invited to attend the Code for Good Challenge 2012, organised by global investment bank J.P. Morgan.


26 Nov 2012 | UKView an event slideshow

The students responded to one of three challenge statements during one intensive weekend: to build a mobile app, web application or website. We were one of three charities involved, along with Centrepoint and the Nature Conservancy.

Coding for goodOur challenge was to make data from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), of which we are a leading participant, more understandable and accessible, both to the general public and within the aid sector.

We had six teams working on our challenge and every team came up with a strong response, including some which involved fantastic data visualisations using world maps, and others which focussed on building a community around the data.

Overall, we were really impressed with what they developed and built in just one intensive weekend of coding, fuelled by a generous supply of energy drinks! One team even managed to create a fully functioning prototype using live data from the IATI database.

Mike Smith, Programme Officer for IATI and Systems at WaterAid, said: "The J.P. Morgan Technology for Good team created a fantastic opportunity to engage and challenge top university students for some really worthwhile causes - it was great being a part of it!"

Look out for further news on how the prototypes are developed.