October 20th, 2018
For its inaugural hackathon, LYLAS partnered with the Flatiron School to host a reproductive rights policy hackathon. The goal is to develop content and prototypes to aide candidates and advocates with the tools they need to understand the policies, opinions, and current state of abortion across the nation. 25 participants and 5 companies gathered to address the pressing issues of:
Policy: Policy on abortion has long impacted our laws. But its implementation has also made its way into the particular use case of health insurance and access to care.
Politics: Abortion is political and seeps into our democratic process in more ways than just our appointed and elected officials.
Advocacy: Explore how the prevalence of advocacy organizations demonstrate their sentiment through their rhetoric, financial standing and contributions.
Winner Spotlight: ADVOKIT
Abortion is often viewed as a black and white political issue, but it doesn’t have to be. ADVOKIT tackled how we can de-polorize public perception of abortion through bringing our experienced into the spotlight using personal narratives.
By collecting these stories through a web interface, ADVOKIT developed a solution that aimed to share a more complex view of abortion that would not only bridge divides through conversation, but also lead to more empathetic politics.
The ADVOKIT would be used to develop a toolkit for reproductive rights organizations, canvassers, and engaged voters by: 1) capturing narrative experiences, 2) using the codification of the narratives language to engage the target audiences, and 3) matching audiences tot he stories.