1st Place: Agenda
By Allie Runas, Kailey Hunt, Claire Tichy
A card game to encourage young voters to learn about city politics
2nd Place: SAM the bot
By, Sana Hameed, Soha Allauddin, Sehrish Rupani
SAM the bot is a functioning bot that can be easily accessed through Facebook Messenger. SAM was created to be the go-to platform to answer all your questions about voting in a way that would be simple and efficient.
3rd Place: Voice Without A Vote
By Alyssa Hiarker, Guinevere Govea, Juan Núñez
A podcast series that amplifies the voices of those who are ineligible to vote for a myriad of reasons and allows them to discuss policies that actively affect them and endorse candidates. Each episode focuses on a different group who is ineligible to vote.
We planned for the podcast to have five episodes, each featuring one interviewee from specific demographic groups of those not allowed to vote, including non-citizen residents, felons, kids, undocumented immigrants, and the mentally incapacitated.
During the hackathon, we created our first podcast episode of the series. It featured Juan Núñez, an international student at UT. The podcast was roughly ten minutes long and featured facts about voter eligibility, a two-on-one interview with Juan, and an endorsement of the political candidate Beto O’Rourke at the end of the episode.
“In addition to the podcast, we also created a website, Instagram, and Facebook page for Voice Without a Vote. We sought to use these social media sites to gain a larger following for the podcast as well as to give as many people as possible who are ineligible to vote a platform to voice their political opinions and have them heard.” — Guinevere
Honorable Mention: Money Votes
By Colby Frazier, Kara Fields, Emma Gordon, Raven Hamilton, Linda Hamilton, Lizzy Canales, Ricardo Ramos, Gabby Alvares, Estrella Hernandez, Julie Tran
Our app scans political ads and everyday products to teach you about the political affiliations of companies and policies of candidates.