New York City
We live and love in a world where about everybody works. If you’re a coder or an office person — someone who sits down to work — it’s easy to notice your body’s got a positive feedback loop habit. Since we have a lobby where programmers and creative people sit and make things night and day, we wanted to do something that would help the hardworking workers of the world keep healthy habits as they designed, made deals, wrote and all the rest of it. Since ideas are better when done with partners, since partnerships of purpose produce a greater more holistic whole, we asked The Clinton Foundation if they would be willing to lend some brains and brawn to our seedling. After meeting and planning and working together to reimagine our lobby community, our ideas grew. The conversation gained momentum.
So. Last year we hosted a three day code-down at Ace New York — the first in a series of coding-a-thons we call, simply enough, Codeathon. The Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative, Atelier Ace, Tumblr and Jawbone partnered to challenge developers and designers: dig in to the zeros and ones to create a health-based application prototype to help people work more healthfully. When you’re living healthy, you’re thinking healthy. Ultimately this makes everyone happier and produces amazing work, proving you don’t have to go on a sugar-and-caffeine-and-pizza bender to get things done. We said to coders and designers and programmers: you work so hard to make the world better — take care of yourselves while you do it. Let’s work together to create a culture of makers whose healthy lives and applications lead by example. Stretch, drink some tea, get in the sun and feel the warmth of life surround you.
We’ve done Codeathon a few times since then, and have been consistently blown away by what can happen when you put the right partners together, get the right group of brain waves working to make a difference. We want to spread this seed. Recently, LE Miami Awards saw and liked what we achieved by working together. And tonight they might like it a lot. It’s a testament to what can happen when like-minded groups dig in, form partnerships of purpose and set out to change the world.
UPDATE: teamwork makes the dream work.
Photos courtesy of Clinton Foundation