Prototyping Teams win $11,500 in Prizes at NBCUniversal Social Hack

In a recent hackathon organized by NBCUniversal and NYC Media Lab, over two dozen teams worked across two prototyping tracks to help design technology solutions for real-world problems. NBCUniversal believes innovation is good for communities. By supporting nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and community organizations, NBCUniversal can use the power of media and technology to help solve important social issues in communities of need.

Called the NBCUniversal Social Hack, the hackathon took place Friday and Saturday June 23rd-24th, and was hosted by Civic Hall, a New York City-based innovation center for civic tech. Participants chose between two program tracks, each led by a nonprofit partner: Per Scholas and Move For Hunger.

Following an intensive application process, the selected team members — including NYC university faculty and students, young professionals and emerging entrepreneurs — worked together to consider technical solutions and vie for cash prizes. 22+ teams for each nonprofit track produced prototypes across a range of technologies, including mobile applications, browser extensions, data-driven websites, conversational interfaces, and social media platforms.

Read on to learn about the winning teams...