Hackathon - Interpersonal Relationships and Technology - Annecy - May 24th/25th

Didier Tranchier

Entrepreneur and Business Angel Investor

Posted on 16-04-2019

We wanted to call your attention to the EASP Workshop on Interpersonal Relationships and Technology and the Facebook/AdopteUnMec Hackathons we organize May 24th/25th in Annecy (France). We are now recruiting students/researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence, (social) psychology and related disciplines to be part of the hackathons (for some, programming experience is required).

We will organize 5 different hackathons:

  • A data hackathon. The data hackathon will consist of trying to find patterns in data from real world relationships (dating, online social networks, and online police surveillance). The data hackathon will be led by Lisa DeBruine (University of Glasgow). Students/researchers from computer science, artificial intelligence, and (social) psychology can apply to this hackathon.

  • A programming/making hackathon. This hackathon will consist of writing an algorithm to connect temperature sensing data to a device that warms or cools the wrist. The algorithm will be programmed based on experience sampling data collected by the CORE Lab at Université Grenoble Alpes. The hackathon will be led by Matt Smith (EmbrLabs) and Rick Klein (Université Grenoble Alpes). Students/researchers from computer science, artificial intelligence, and (social) psychology, as well as "makers" can apply to this hackathon.

  • A hackathon on off label uses of technology to support relationships. This hackathon will focus on how developers can cultivate appropriation and how researchers can analyze usage data to understand the unanticipated uses of products that may be beneficial. This hackathon will be led by Margie Morris (University of Washington).

  • A data scraping hackathon. This hackathon will focus on asking whether freelancing platforms such as Qapa, MisterTemp, TaskRabbit, and Fiver unintentionally discriminate against workers. The purpose of this hackathon is to scrape data on virtual marketplaces and to use an algorithm to quantify discrimination in hiring people on that marketplace. Students/researchers with medium-level programming skills (aware of a scripting language such as Python) can apply. This hackathon will be led by Ahmad Ghizzawi (American University of Beirut/Université Grenoble Alpes).

  • A prototyping hackathon. This hackathon will focus on developing a prototype to help build character strengths in adolescence. The goal is to build a prototype that can then be submitted to a grant competition (for a project timeline of 12-14 months). The grant competition awards 3-5 grants ranging from $60-$80k. The best prototype out of these 3-5 grants will be awarded additional funding for future development. The application deadline for the grant project is June 1, 2019. This hackathon will be led by Dr. Sarah Schnitker (Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University) and Dr. Benjamin Houltberg (Director of Research, USC Performance Science Institute, Marshall School of Business).

You can apply to be part of these hackathons by going here and filling in your information. Information about the conference will become available here. Please be aware that, unfortunately, we are not able to provide hotel accommodation to Hackathon participant but there are multiple hotels available in the region.

Note that for (master/PhD) students, this is an excellent chance to meet some potential future employers! Facebook, AdopteUnMec, Eand mbrLabs will be present, while there will also be a representative of the American Psychological Association. For professors/researchers: Feel free to apply, but please also forward this email to your talented students.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.

All the best, also on behalf of Rick, Rhonda, Michelle, and Elisa,

Hans IJzerman