We are excited to announce the Jains in Action Virtual Hackathon!
JIA is a fantastic opportunity to bring to life an idea that makes your community better, and to
learn new skills. Whether you have experience with entrepreneurship and hackathons, or this is
totally new for you, the JIA experience is structured to bring something to everyone. We are
excited to get started soon on the JIA Virtual Hackathon!
Identify a world issue or problem. Develop an actionable solution that is
connected to Jain values.
Phase I (July to August)
There will initially be three 1-hour sessions to guide your project teams as
you go through the process. This will be followed by ‘pitch day’, where
teams will be asked to present the work that they have accomplished.
Phase II (September to December)
- Session 1: Human Centered Design (tentatively July 15th at 8:30 PM
- Session 2: Brainstorming (August 1, 4 PM EST)
- Session 3: Storytelling (August 15, 4 PM EST)
- Pitch Day I (TBD) - we are excited to award
up to $500 to
winning team at Pitch Day to use to work on their idea!
Any project teams interested in continuing their work will do so during
Phase II. This may involve testing, prototyping, and exploring other avenues
- Session 4: Prototyping (mid-September)
- Pitch Day II (Early December) - prize info TBD
Through both phases, participants can expect to dedicate 2 hours per week to
- What will the schedule be like? Part I will be composed of
three check-in periods, each lasting three weeks. During each
period, you should expect to spend: at least 1 hour on a call with
your team, 1 hour attending a workshop, and at least 2 hours working
on your project. Individual teams may choose to schedule calls more
- Do I need to be available for every workshop? Part I of the
Hackathon will consist of three workshops sessions: July 15 at 8:30
EST (tentative), August 1 at 4 EST, and August 15 at 4 EST. It is
encouraged that you attend each one to get the most out of the
Virtual Hackathon experience, but not required.
You will have the interactive sessions mentioned above to guide your project
teams as you move forward. Furthermore, the JIA team will provide you with
several resources for your use as you see fit, including recommended
timelines and sample agendas for your meetings. High school project teams
will also be assigned a mentor for guidance throughout the process.
Still have questions about the Virtual JIA Hackathon? Email [email protected]!
Jains in Action (JIA) is a YJA Project Team focused on creating opportunities for Jain youth
to practice social entrepreneurship and problem solving. We are interested in
skills, and also helping connect Jain youth with mentors, resources, and funding in
entrepreneurial space. In this way, we further our practice of Jainism by actively and
creatively bettering our world around us. Participants may work on topics such as food
waste, climate change, healthcare or college debt – the topic is up to the team. Several
projects incubated within JIA, including Maharaj Saheb Messages and the Jain Mentorship
Program, continue today!
Past JIA programs have included:
- In-person hackathons at the 2016 and 2018 YJA Conventions
- Ideation and brainstorming session for high school students at the 2019 JAINA
JIA began during the 2016 convention in Los Angeles, embracing the convention theme: Agents
of Change. If you want to know more about JIA, want to join our team planning the 2020
event, or just have an idea for our Jain communities, feel free to email us at [email protected]!