Spring is almost here! From warmer weather to the coming end of the school year, there are so many things that we can look forward to in this bright, refreshing time of the year. Some stellar hackathon projects created at Major League Hacking (MLH) events channel this energy and share innovative ways to tackle online harassment and its impact on our online communities.
As you may have heard, we teamed up with Major League Hacking last year to encourage student hackers to develop technology solutions geared towards decreasing the prevalence and severity of online harassment.
Major League Hacking “holds over 200 weekend-long innovation experiences each year that inspire more than 65,000 students to innovate and collaborate using their computer science skills.” We’re so excited to spread the #HackHarassment message in the MLH community.
Keep scrolling to check out these projects and see how you can use these tools to #HackHarassment.
MLH Hackathon Projects
Project: Mental Health Chat – A web app that allows users to speak on the phone with listeners who can help.
Team: Srihari Shankar & Priya Pamnani
Why We Like It: Twenty percent of youth today face mental health issues. Through the Mental Health Chat app, users are empowered to speak on the phone and talk with professionals who can help and listen! With so many people dealing with mental health issues today, this app is a critical tool that provides support and develops an understanding space for online harassment victims.
Project: Harassment Filter for Android Keyboards – A custom Android keyboard that fights harassment without imposing censorship.
Team: Boyan Atanasov, Lara Aubele, Kirkys, and their team
Why We Like It: Reducing negative language shared online starts with encouraging positive speech. We like how this keyboard keeps the user accountable for the words that they share by flagging potentially harmful language before it is sent.
Project: Messaging Matters – A 2D adventure game to raise awareness about the effects of cyberbullying.
Team: Matthew Kramer, Calvin Rueb, Trevor Maliborski, Ali Zaidi
Why We Like It: The game walks the user through scenarios that harassment victims go through, like confronting a bully in school. At the end of the game, the game displays statistics on bullying as a means of raising awareness. This project does a fantastic job of spreading “a somber but lasting message about the effects of cyberbullying.” Plus, the 8-bit style is super classic and fun.
We hope to have these students continue helping us in the fight to reduce online harassment by joining us as Campus Ambassadors. If you’re interested in participating in a Hack Harassment challenge to create harassment-fighting projects like these, learn more about our partnership with Major League Hacking and find a hackathon event near you!