The Hackathon for Early Care and Education, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Knoxville, will bring creators, planners, developers, logisticians, marketers, agencies, and others together to find solutions to the question: “What will it take to increase access to mental health support for young children and the adults that care for them?”
New data suggests that Tennessee’s children are in the midst of a mental healthcare crisis. The state reports that children struggling with depression and anxiety have reached unprecedented levels and Tennessee has been ranked 36th nationally for child well-being. United Way of Greater Knoxville has determined that community alignment around early care and education, specifically mental healthcare access, is an urgent need.
The event is part of the Unite for Change initiative and offers a new approach for bringing our community together to solve big social issues. Join the Hackathon for Early Care and Education to share your ideas … network and socialize … and together create sustainable solutions that ensure every young child in Knoxville has access to high quality, affordable mental health supports.
The challenge for teams: Develop innovative ways to increase access to mental health supports for young children and the people who care for them.
Questions Teams will attempt to answer with their proposed solution:
What is limiting access to mental health resources for young children and the adults that care for them and what can we do to remove that barrier
How do we improve awareness of mental health needs for young children and the adults that care for them?
How do we connect all the organizations in the Early Care and Education system around mental health resources for young children and the adults that care for them, so we leave no gaps in the region?
How do we ensure the equity when considering access to mental health resources for young children and the adults that care for them?
In what ways can strengthen the Early Care and Education workforce that provides mental health services to young children and the adults that care for them?
The winning team will be awarded a $20,000 grant (written to the Lead Nonprofit Agency) to move their concept forward to the next step towards implementation.
Innovation & Creativity
Does the concept demonstrate that the team thoughtfully brainstormed the issue and brought new ideas and thinking? Did the team provide an innovative way to overcome barriers for those who struggle to access mental healthcare supports, particularly in marginalized communities?
Does the solution ensure greater equity in the early care and education system? As a result of this approach, will the community improve its ability to reach marginalized communities? Will we engage individuals and grassroots organizations within neighborhoods to ensure we reach those who need mental health and relational services?
Does the solution engage at least 3 and potentially more entities, including a Lead Nonprofit Agency with 501(C)3 status? Did the team include nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, volunteers, donors and others? Were non-healthcare centered agencies and organizations included as part of the solution?
Will the concept make a big difference in Knoxville’s early care and education system, providing mental healthcare and resources for those who need it? Once implemented, will the impact be felt by Knoxville’s marginalized communities? Has the team taken into consideration challenges such as language barriers, physical limitations, geographic reach, etc.?
How easily can the concept be implemented? Does it encourage collaboration and does it engage organizations across the early care and education network? Does the cost of the concept prohibit implementation? Can the concept be executed immediately, or can it be done in phases?
Who can attend?
Whether you’re a creator, planner, developer, logistician, marketer, strategist, or volunteer who wants to help our neighbors, you can play a critical role in developing a solution for Knoxville’s children! If you’re interested in learning more about issues related to mental healthcare access and enjoy the challenge of solving a tough problem, this event is for you.
How many teams can enter the challenge?
There is no limit to the number of teams participating.
Do I need to have any specific qualifications to be a participant?
Any individuals 18 or older willing to commit their time and ideas can register to be part of the social hackathon.
How much does it cost?
Registration for the Hackathon for Early Care and Education is free. Any associated costs, such as travel, would be covered by participants.
How many people can be on a team? Are there any specific requirements about team composition?
Teams are encouraged to be inclusive and engage people from a variety of backgrounds and expertise. Teams must include a Lead Nonprofit Agency that has a 501(C)3 status who can provide assistance and receive the grant award to move your idea to implementation should your team win the challenge. More than one nonprofit agency representative can be included on the team if desired. We recommend no more than 10 members per team.
What are the eligibility requirements to be a Lead Nonprofit Agency?
Must be a collaborative project with at least 2 entities involved. At least one organization is registered as a Charitable Organization with Tennessee Secretary of State or has current exemption. If you have not yet registered or your registration is expired, you can register here. You will be required to submit your registration as part of the follow up process if your organization is chosen to receive funds. At least one organization must have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of Internal Revenue Code or has a fiscal sponsor that is 501(c)3. This organization will serve as the lead and receive funds if the project is chosen for implementation. Program should primarily serve Knox County residents.
How does the social hackathon work?
Interested individuals and teams can register between 9.23.22 through 10.27.22 here where participants can also access the Early Care and Education Hackathon Webinar.
Each team of up to 10 individuals will include at least one nonprofit agency. Teams can begin developing their ideas as soon as they register and can meet at their discretion leading up to the synchronous Hackathon day.
On November 3rd, 2022, teams will gather for the Hackathon (location to be announced), a synchronous working session where they can put the final touches on their idea, network and mingle with other participating teams, their Lead Nonprofit Agency, judges, and UWGK. At the close of the Hackathon day, teams will submit their idea to email@example.com to be reviewed by a panel of judges.
Teams will be notified of the winning and runner-up ideas on 11.4.22. The Lead Nonprofit Organization’s team with the winning idea will be awarded the $20,000 grant.
Who organizes our team’s meetings and actions?
While there will be collaborative working time during the synchronous Hackathon, teams may begin working on their idea prior to 11/3/22. We recommend you select a team leader who will coordinate meetings and activities if your team plans to begin working prior to the “final idea sprint” Hackathon day.
How does our team submit its work?
One representative from each team will submit a .pdf document detailing their idea at the close of the synchronous Hackathon day to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will teams be notified if their idea won?
Teams will be notified by 11.4.22. We recommend you hold that day open on your calendar so you’re able to accept the award if your team’s idea is selected.
What prizes will be awarded?
A $20,000 grant will be awarded to the winning team, with the check written to the Lead Nonprofit Agency (501 (C)3), who will work with the team to move the concept forward.
Will ideas that do not win an award be further explored or moved forward?
While there is a limited amount of grant money available through this particular event, good ideas should always continue to be moved forward through whatever mechanisms are available. Keep your eyes open for other grant opportunities, either through the UWGK, foundations, or sponsorships.