Charity-App-ChallengeThe Charity App Challenge is an initiative of the Calgary Herald, Digital Alberta and Place2Give. These three organizations came together over the idea of how can they could leverage technology for social good – hack-a-thon style! Mobile is the fastest growing communications and engagement medium and digital philanthropy is an evolving sector. They asked themselves, what could mobile technology do for the 12 Herald Christmas Fund charities to help solve a problem or help reach their goals and objectives? This year the Calgary Herald‘s Christmas Fund decided to champion mobile for its participating charities to help them in their organizational endeavors. Want to get involved? The Hack-a-thon will take place over 48 hours on Saturday, February 2 through Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Calgary Herald.

Local developers will come together for a two-day period to work at creating top-notch apps and brilliant tech solutions that launch worthy organizations into the mobile technology space. The app will be developed over 48 hours, and then a panel of judges will choose the best app.

As 48 hours just isn’t long enough to fully get the job done, the app created at the hack-a-thon will need refining before being released. The winning team will work with the charities to further develop/refine the app under a paid contract that will be negotiated after the hack-a-thon.

For more information see www.calgaryherald.com and contact us at CAC@calgaryherald.com.