Beautystack x UN Women UK Hackathon: Ending violence against women

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A day-long hackathon tackling the question: “How can we use technology to end violence against women?”

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Some harrowing facts

It is estimated that at least 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced physical, sexual or domestic violence at some point in their lives. Evidence shows that women who have experienced this report higher rates of depression, having an abortion and acquiring HIV, compared to women who have not.

Women and girls account for 72 per cent of trafficking victims worldwide with girls representing more than three out of every four trafficked children. Around ¾ of trafficked women and girls are being trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Globally, at least one out of three students (aged 11 and 13 to 15 years) have been bullied by their peers at school on at least one day in the past month. Twenty-three per cent of female undergraduates reported experiencing sexual assault ormisconduct in a survey of US universities.

One in 10 women in the European Union report having experienced cyber-harassment since the age of 15 (including having received unwanted, offensive sexually explicit emails or SMS messages, or offensive, inappropriate advances on social networking sites). The risk is highest among young women between 18 and 29 years of age.

We have a bigger youth population than ever before - there are now 1.8 billion young people aged 10-24 in the world. And while girls are excelling in school, many computer technology classrooms around the world are still 80% boys. Less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women, and the needle is shifting slowly.

As technology creates the fourth industrial revolution, women still have less than 2/3 of the economic opportunities men have. 65% of children entering school today are likely to go on to have jobs that don't currently exist - so as digital innovation progresses, we cannot afford to leave women and girls behind.

We will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 if we don't make the most of technologies that can disrupt "business as usual" and accelerate change. Change both within the technology sector, and through technology to enable safety and inclusion, is simply too slow.

This has to stop.

Join us for a day-long hackathon which has the simple goal of coming up with a tangible solution to the question: “How can we use technology to end violence against women?”

What is the goal of this Hackathon?

Aligning ourselves with the UN’s sustainable development goal 5.2 “Ending violence against women” our goal is to create a digital tool that can capture women’s experiences of violence and harassment, and help eliminate violence against women.

What is a Hackathon?

  • Hacking is creative problem solving.
  • A hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems.
  • Participants typically form groups of about 2-5 individuals, take out their laptops (if the event is technology themed), and dive into problems.
  • We come together, expertly guided by mentors and subject matter experts to devise potential solutions to specific challenges.


09.30am: Welcome from our Founder, Sharmadean Reid

09:45am: Introduction & Keynote “Ending violence against women. 10 years to make a difference”. Claire Barnett, Executive Director UN Women UK

10:10am: Project Pitches. Hackers who are bringing their own project will give 1-min pitch on what they are working on. House projects will also be introduced.

10.40-11.00am: Teaming Up. We’ll help you form teams of 5 who will work on specific projects

11.00-11.15am: Project choice. We’ll have a few ideas of potential projects, but this is the time for your team to choose what to work on.

11.15-1pm: Sprint 1.

1.00-2pm: Working lunch

2pm: Sprint 2

4.00-4:30pm: State of the nation, project updates

5pm: Sprint 3

6pm: Show and Tell. What progress each group has made

7pm: Close followed by Networking & Drinks

Our coaches and experts

We have three experts on hand to help teams and ensure the hackathon runs smoothly.

Claire Barnett, Executive Director, UN Women UK

Claire is Executive Director at UN Women UK, the only global organisation working to make gender equality a reality in every sphere of society from grassroots to government. Prior to joining UN Women UK, Claire served multi-billion dollar commercial and pro bono clients at McKinsey & Company, driving the UK office's work on diversity and inclusion and authoring their work on the GDP impact of gender equality. Claire's passion is for bringing people together behind a single movement for change. Because the time is now, and our voices are louder when we raise them together.

Sharmadean Reid, Co-Founder and CEO, Beautystack

Sharmadean Reid is a entrepreneur, founding Beautystack and WAH Nails. Her mission is to use technology to empower women, economically, socially and culturally. A former fashion stylist and brand consultant who started WAH as a hip hop magazine for girls in 2006 while still at university. She then founded WAH Nails as a side project in 2009. WAH completely changed the beauty landscape with its millennial voice, feminist attitude and innovative salon space. She then wrote two books, delivered global pop up nail salons for 100s of brands, created a product line with Walgreen Boots Alliance and was awarded an MBE from HRH Queen in 2015 for services to Beauty. Alongside all of this she shared her journey by organising business events for young female entrepreneurs culminating in In 2016 she opened a dreamy salon in Soho, London, showcasing a Virtual Reality Nail Design app in collaboration with DVTK and is constantly looking for ways to push the salon experience further through technology. With her experience from WAH, she founded Beautystack, a new way to book beauty through images.

Katy Dawe, Founder, Art Against Knives

Katy Dawe is the founder of Art Against Knives and freelance consultant. She’s a courageous changemaker who’s spent the last 10 years leading the charity, mobilising communities through creativity and implementing award winning interventions across London. Katy is passionate about collaboration - and has been successful at developing partnerships with multiple stakeholders including government, corporate and communities connecting them with young people’s ideas. The work of Art Against Knives is seen as an example of best practice and continues to inspire communities, changemakers and policy makers who are working towards a different future, free of violence. Katy is embarking on her next challenge as she seeks to drive forward social change.

Who should attend?

This hackathon brings together the brightest minds across policy, technology, government, industry, and academia.

We are particularly looking for hackers with the following skills:

  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Data Scientists
  • Domain Experts
  • Government Staff
  • Communicators
  • Project Managers
  • Advocates
  • Those who have suffered from violence
  • A deep passion for equality

What To Bring

  • We will provide notebooks, pens and worksheets
  • If necessary, please bring your laptop and charger

Refreshments and Snacks Provided ;)

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