Shareholder Activism

Doctors Without Borders//Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters.

We also advocate for access to life-saving medicines, diagnostic tests and vaccines for patients in our programmes and beyond.

We know that companies are accountable to their shareholders. So if shareholders can start demanding lower drug prices, then maybe the companies will begin to transform their business practices. Most people don’t know it, but they actually have the power to use their voices to demand change. It appears that through their 401k accounts, millions of people actually own shares of pharmaceutical companies, and can make the companies accountable for their action. The problem is that the majority of Americans who have a 401k account are unaware of what investments are in their portfolio.

We're calling all developers, designers, and strategists to help increase the awareness of 401K investors and the power shareholders have to effect change.

 

Friday, March 10th
6:30pm-8:30pm 
Welcome! Hackathon brief - challenge and project scope will be presented. Meet & greet - mixer to meet participants and start thinking about forming groups
Location: Doctors Without Borders Office
333 7th Ave. 2nd Floor
New York, NY, 10001


Saturday, March 11th
9:00am-7:00pm
Hack day!
Location: Workville
1412 Broadway, 21st Floor
New York, NY, 10018


Sunday, March 12th
9:00am-5:30pm
Presentations/demos will begin at 4:00pm. Winners will be announced by the end of the day.
Location: Workville
1412 Broadway, 21st Floor
New York, NY, 10018

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Judges

Véronique Brossier

Véronique Brossier
Software Engineer at The New York Times and Board of Advisors at Doctors Without Borders

Will Varner

Will Varner
Illustration Director at Buzzfeed

Eliza Pepper

Eliza Pepper
Principal at Gaia Advisors

Judging Criteria

  • User Interface
    We'll be looking at the user flow - how easy it is for users to navigate the resource and take action?
  • Usefulness
    How relevant is this tool for shareholder activism, and specifically, for A Fair Shot campaign?
  • Reproducibility
    Can this resource be evolved for future shareholder activism use?
  • Usability
    How functional is your hack in its current state?