National Fitness Foundation Brings Youth Fitness to Center Stage at the Amazon Web Services Non-Profit Hackathon

Las Vegas, NV, Dec 1, 2017 – The National Fitness Foundation participated in the 5th Annual Amazon Web Services (AWS) Non-Profit Hackathon on November 27, 2017.

The Non-Profit Hackathon is a challenge held at AWS’s annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas that brings together tech-savvy developers, engineers, and system architects to help non-profit organizations develop innovative solutions to real challenges being faced in the world today.

National Fitness Foundation Executive Director, Chris Watts, explains the Foundation's mission and priorities to Hackathon participants.

Selected as one of four non-profit participants, the Foundation challenged developers to create a simple and scalable tech solution designed to track, educate, and engage users in order to drive increased youth fitness and physical activity levels.

“At the National Fitness Foundation, we’re committed to moving fitness forward,” shared Chris Watts, Executive Director of the National Fitness Foundation. “That’s why we have teamed up with Amazon Web Services to find innovative approaches to advance our mission. By harnessing the creative expertise of Amazon to address known barriers of physical activity participation, we can more effectively use innovative technology solutions to solve the challenges children, families, and teachers face every day.”

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The Hackathon hosted over 175 experts making up 40 teams, with nine teams focused on developing prototypes for the Foundation. After almost 16 hours of coding, the Foundation evaluated the final products based on presentation, technical design, and overall user experience. The highest scoring team then presented on the main stage to Amazon executives. The other non-profit participants included Thorn, the Federation for Internet Alerts and Global Giving.