DUBLIN, 17 November 2021 – PayPal today announced the results of its 2021 Ireland Virtual Opportunity Hack. Founded and managed by PayPal employees, the fifth annual event brought together 22 PayPal employees across 3 offices to use their skills to help create new digital solutions for seven Irish charities.
For the first time, the event took place virtually. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was hosted on a digital collaboration platform that enabled PayPal participants and charity representatives to meet, work together closely and present their projects. The 24-hour Hackathon was spread out over four days from 1st-4th November.
Maeve Dorman Senior Vice President, Global Customer Success, Sales Operations and Enablement said “We’ve seen first-hand the critical role charities and nonprofits have played over this challenging and unprecedented period. The annual Hackathon is an opportunity for us to help support these important charities – and for us to give back to our local communities in Dublin and Dundalk. I’m proud of the flexibility, resilience and passion our employees have shown in transforming the Hackathon into a virtual event – and the way they have used their wealth of skills to help these charities to harness the potential of our increasingly digital world.”
A variety of projects were completed during the 24-hours that will help advance the charities’ work. The projects included:
Based on the criteria – technology, innovation, community impact, presentation and inspiration – the Women’s Aid Dundalk team was named the winner.
Cara Murphy, Support Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid Dundalk said: “We work with women and children who have experienced domestic abuse / coercive control – and have long recognised the need to invest in our digital presence and upgrade the online services we offer. Over 24 hours, the PayPal team redesigned our website to make it more user-friendly, increased our search engine optimisation and introduced a live chat function. These upgrades will help women and children to find and access our services with ease – increasing the impact we can have for our community and for those in need.”
Paula Fagan from LGBT Ireland said: “We were inspired by how the PayPal team worked seamlessly with our employees on redesigning key pages on our site. The improvements PayPal has made to our platform will allow for increased accessibility to service information and support us in growing our donation base which helps further our mission of improving the lives of LGBT+ people across Ireland.”
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