Our CFG / Vodafone Hackathon Project: NOMI

To name names, there’s a big problem with how society views them.

We live in a world where:

Introducing our Hackathon solution: NOMI

So, as our entry for the Code First Girls / Vodafone Diversity Hackathon, my team decided to build a website to address this issue: NOMI (know-me).

NOMI is a new website which lets users create and share a name profile with their name, pronunciation, pronouns & etymology, to normalise communicating with confidence. We built the responsive website using JavaScript, CSS, HTML & Python.

Correct name pronunciation “emphasises psychological safety and belonging”

Harvard Business Review, 2020

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was our website! Introducing my team.

As a Team Leader on the Hackathon, I was very lucky to work with a great team of promising tech talent. My teammates were creative and communicative, and getting to know them was one of my favourite parts of the challenge.

And, what better way to introduce them than using the NOMI app?

How did we design NOMI?

We designed our website with accessibility in mind. See below for some of the features we built together:

Another important element of the project was how we worked together as an entirely remote team.

  • At the beginning of the project, I worked with my team to create a MoSCoW project specification, which detailed our project Must, Should, Could and Won’t Haves.
  • I asked everyone to provide their experience to date and personal learning objectives for the project, so that I could ensure that the Hackathon was as positive a learning experience as possible.
  • We kept in communication through team meetings (with pre-arranged agendas), Slack, Trello, and sharing our work on GitHub.

Curious? Check out our product demo video we presented at the Hackathon Final!

The future of NOMI

As part of our product ideation, development and execution, we also thought about the future potential of our website:

So, that should give you a good idea of what we managed to design and build in 2 weeks!

We were so proud to be shortlisted into the Top 5 Final for the competition and to present our project, especially considering the incredibly high standard of entries.

I’m planning on doing a follow up post about some of the key lessons I learned through this experience, but please feel free to drop me a message if you have any questions.

A huge thank you to Code First Girls and Vodafone for making this challenge possible, to my team for all their hard work, and to everyone working to build better solutions for diversity and inclusion.

“If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka”


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