Oath coders create social impact at NYC hackathon
A line of code really can change people's lives -- when driven by a commitment to teamwork, innovation and serving a greater good. This past weekend, a team of Oath coders and developers did just that, at a social-impact hackathon sponsored by Oath For Good, Oath's philanthropic and social-impact arm.
The 48 in 48 Hackathon had engineers gathering for two days of volunteer work to support website, marketing and brand development for 48 non-profits. The goal was to deliver $1.2 million in value to charities focused on the environment, education, poverty relief, and more.
Oath's team—six engineers in NYC and three in India—put their skills to work for three organizations, including the Catch the Stars Foundation. Started by WNBA legend Tamika Catchings and her sister Tauja Catchings, Catch the Stars promotes youth fitness and literacy.
The Oath team focused on improving user experiences on their site, optimizing it for mobile and adding key features like an events page to connect to youth and parents, and highlighting volunteer opportunities. The team included members from across Oath brands, including Tumblr, the Yahoo Finance app, and BUILD. Tumblr's Director of Content Delivery, Kiril Angov, lead the effort to support Catch the Stars, as well as two other nonprofits, Pen Parentis and the Council of Peoples Organizations. With their expertise in mobile development, the Oath group was able to ensure the organizations could reach their audience anywhere, on any platform.
"Wow! Wow! Wow! We just checked our new and way improved website, and you guys did such an amazing job!" said Tauja Catchings. "You nailed our vision and goals for our new site and it's awesome!"
This is just the beginning of Oath and Oath for Good's partnership with Catch the Stars. On November 6, Tamika Catchings joined Oath's new Board of Advisors, a group of influencers who share Oath's drive to build brands people love and drive positive change in the world. Oath for Good will be supporting each Advisor's philanthropic initiatives.