The first ever “Design Hackathon” hosted by the news and article publication simply known as GOOD saw students from web design programs at Yale, Parsons, Carnegie Mellon, and other schools competing to create a learning tool that met the criteria of the publishers design needs.
GOOD is a new publication (and perhaps a new type of publication) that focuses on what works in our contemporary and fast-paced world. The website publishes articles and news stories about activities around the world that work to solve problems instead of focusing on the normal headlines we are all accustomed to seeing. In their own words, GOOD cares about “what works–what is sustainable, prosperous, productive, creative, and just–for all of us and each of us.”
The competition focused on the same core principles and challenged web design students and anyone else to create a learning tool that would create meaningful connections, efficient transportation, clever consumption, educational reform, cleaner environments, and smart economics.
While that seems like a tall order, students from a web design school in New York sat down for about 24-hours straight during the hackathon to redesign social media platforms to fit these criteria. A team from the School of Visual Design in New York, NY won the Best in Show for their unique concept. Their project (dubbed Purpose) was all about using social media to bring consumers, manufacturers, and makers of unwanted or outdated technology together for the purpose of finding another use for the goods.
Another team from the web design school won the title of Most Innovative in the competition for their concept tool which was a personal health application, using small donations for pedometer ticks to build up a larger donation for a person’s favorite charity.