Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person. – Anonymous
Ever since Emakina.RS was founded we have participated in many charity events where we tried to help our local community fight various challenges. However, charity events we especially hold dear are the ones where we can use our knowledge to improve our citizens’ and neighbors’ lives.
One of such projects was the calendar for the association “Red Line” — the non-profit organisation which gathers people suffering from HIV/AIDS and provides them with health and social support.
Our colleagues Dejan, Nenad, Hari, and Đorđe were developing this application for two days and two nights at Code for a Cause 3 powered by Vega IT. Even though our team managed to develop 85 percent of the project during 48 hours of coding, they made additional effort and managed to finish the project. The calendar is live now and ready to use!
Code for a Cause is a CSR event that gathers IT enthusiasts and non-profit organisations to work together on software solutions that will improve the lives of our citizens.
The event was organised for the third time and these numbers are the proof of its success:
- 100+ participants
- 11 projects
- 5 IT companies
- 4 design agencies
How Does the Calendar Work and What Are Its Benefits?
The idea initiators were the activists from the “Red Line” association.
The members of this organisation know what challenges the people who suffer from HIV/AIDS have to face. So, the activists joined their strengths with an infectious disease specialist and figured out the way how they can help this group of people.
The organisation wanted to keep the application simple and easy-to-use. That’s why the developers’ main focus was on developing the three core functionalities:
- Go to doctor’s
- Start their therapy
- Pick up medicines from a pharmacy
Each user could set his or her own basic parameters (the last date of the last activity, how often they want to receive notifications, specific reminders, etc.)
We asked Goran Kljajić, who is a coordinator of “Red Line” association, what are his expectations about this app:
“We hope that this app will help people suffering from AIDS and make their lives easier. What we especially like about this app is that it would be accessible to people from neighbouring countries who use the same language. On top of this, it can be adapted to meet the needs of the people suffering from similar chronic diseases, who must be treated and take their medicine throughout their entire life. Therefore, we believe we can create an application that will meet the needs of a large number of users and therefore improve the quality of many people’s lives.”
What Was the Atmosphere at the Hackathon like?
Working for two days and two nights is a unique experience which requires a strong motivation. Luckily, our colleagues were ready for the challenge. Here’s what one of them said:
“It was really challenging to spend two more days after an entire working week in front of our computers, but our team spirit and enthusiasm helped us stay on the right track and we quickly got more strength to work even harder.
Although, at times we felt the monotony, we still managed to break it with good humour, jokes, or by playing a guitar and drinking lots of coffee.” — said our teammate Hari Kalanj, a software developer.
During the hackathon, an external graphic designer joined our team. Here is what Željka Mitrić said about her impressions from the hackathon:
“I must take this opportunity to praise the team I worked with, the guys were amazing. First, this team is highly professional, fun and respectful (I was the only girl in the team). I really enjoyed working with them!”
What Are the Next Steps?
This calendar is completely free to use, so the plan of the association “Red Line” is to promote it as much as possible. That’s why the organisation wants to create an English version of this application, so people outside of Serbian borders could use it as well.
Have your colleagues ever participated in a similar CSR event? If they haven’t, we recommend you to do so because it’s a very special experience as it allows you to do something meaningful, gain knowledge and have fun along the way.
If you think this is the only hackathon we have participated in, you’re wrong!