Wednesday, June 01, 2016

I was a hacker at First Ever White House Foster Care & Technology Hackathon

Hi All,

Last week i was honored to participate at first ever white house foster care and technology hackathon at the white house. Through out two full days meeting with SMEs, foster parents, foster care communities nationwide, we were able to craft solutions for issues we have in the existing foster care system.

Eight teams have participated in the technology hackathon to tackle different problem statements. and in less than 24 hours of hacking i was amazed with the type of innovative solutions that those hackers have come up with.

I was part of Microsoft team that includes my colleagues Stacey Mulcahy, Heather Shapiro and Paul DeCarlo. We have built "Ask Amy" a foster care digital counselor to help pregnant mothers with substance abuse to find resources near by where they live. We had also Scott Hanselman and Yossi Banai as our advisers.

Our team was amazing and we have learned a lot about the outstanding issues we have in foster care as we heard from social workers, federal agencies, legal agencies and foster care centers.

I had so much fun hacking with Stacey, Heather, and Paul. In addition, We had insightful discussions with Commissioner L√≥pez and Meagan Smith (US CTO) about challenges we faced in building our solution for substance abuse problem statement we are tackling.

Team Microsoft at White House Hackathon

Team discussion with Meagan Smith & Commissioner Lopez

You can check out what we have built "Ask Amy" in less than 24 hours here:

Thanks a lot for having me in this great initiative by the white house and looking forward to supporting more of these good causes. I would like to thank everyone who helped in managing, organizing or participating in this event.

Thanks all.

White house press release about the hackathon:

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