2020 Microsoft Hack For Good – Federico Gomez Suarez Memorial Award Grant Recipients

During the Microsoft 2020 Hack for Good, Grace Children’s Foundation took the Children’s Resource Exchange (CRE) into a digital life that will, upon activation, immediately benefit children who are suffering. In the words of Microsoft Advisory Board Member Claire Sission, “Prior years we’ve focused on the front end, this year we’re focusing on the back end. As I like to say, this year we’ve popped the hood of the car and we have the engine humming”.

Though the 2020 Hack for Good was completely remote this year, our team of innovators at Microsoft stepped up to the plate and continued to work tirelessly towards creating the technology that will accelerate access and delivery of vital pediatric healthcare resources worldwide. Through the technology that began development during the Hackathon, automated processes will be able to analyze the needs of​ the children as case information within the ​CRE​ increases,​ aiding physicians in diagnostics and treatments, and recommend the most appropriate resources for their care, leading to improved outcomes. The team at GCF is grateful to each and every one of our Microsoft innovators for stepping up without skipping a beat. 

As a result of the momentum created through our combined efforts at the Hack, GCF has been honored with a $10,000 grant from the Federico Gomez Suarez Memorial Award (FGS), “in the spirit of accelerating the groundbreaking work that we began with Federico and that we continue today on behalf of the children who wait”- David Hsiao.

“Imagine what the planet will look like when we have the CRE up and running, when no child will be left without options, when no child will ever walk alone—thanks to all who are dedicated to the children who wait” – Nancy Robertson

This one’s for you, Federico. Onward Angel.


Microsoft Hackathon 2019 – 1st Place For Non Profit


October Giving Month Event

Federico Gomez Suarez (CRE Project Manager), Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

David Hsiao, Engineering Program Manager, Microsoft

Catherine Bassova, UX Designer, Microsoft

Judit Velcsov, Supportability Program Manager, Online Safety Team, Microsoft

Lyudmila (Lucy) Veleva, Program Manager and Search Engine, Microsoft

Rahul Dodhia, Senior Director of Data Science, Microsoft

Children's Resource Exchange Microsoft Advisory Board Honorees

Also Honored with The Grace Children’s Foundation 2019 Humanitarian Award:

Anny Dow
Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft
Claire Sisson
Director, Strategic Planning & Initiatives, Project xCloud, Microsoft
GCF Honors The Children's Resource Exchange Microsoft Advisory Board

The Grace Children’s Foundation (GCF) honored the members of the Children’s Resource Exchange Microsoft Advisory Board on Saturday, October 19th, 2019.

The awards ceremony was held at Novelty Hill Januik Winery and was held as a part of Microsoft’s October Giving Month Fundraiser. Each member of the team was honored due to their work during the 2019 Microsoft Hackathon, where the GCF team won 1st place for Nonprofits.

During the event, GCF unveiled the Refugee Children’s Choral Initiative Video Premiere, featuring a live performance of the Northwest Girlchoir singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.


Microsoft Hackathon 2018

Accelerating Access And Delivery Of Pediatric Healthcare

Since 1997 the Grace Children’s Foundation has been working through its Children’s Resource Exchange (CRE) healthcare model with partners in healing, helping children in need from North and South America, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, connecting children to pro-bono and subsidized care on a case-by-case basis.

Now, as we continue our journey in the age of digital transformation, our goal is to disrupt the industry by systematizing and accelerating global access and delivery of pediatric healthcare. We have come a long way over the past two decades. In 2017, we began our collaboration with innovators at Microsoft to build a global digital platform powered by Microsoft technology and Artificial Intelligence that will connect any child of any background, living anywhere in the world to medical resources and continuous care.

The CRE digital platform is envisioned as a comprehensive data management system that the advocate for any child in need can easily access and navigate to connect to resources including medical providers, like-minded nonprofits/NGOs, medical missions, clinical trials, transportation and government documentation. The medical community will be greatly benefited by peer-to-peer communication, coordination of care, secure sharing of information, a crisis alert system and a separate funding arm that supports out-of-region patients and international mission trips through the CRE…combining human conscientiousness with technology.

Our 2018 Hack for Good Team

We are launching a pilot that will serve as a prototype for the CRE digital platform with the roll out of From One to 100 program. The program aims to connect up to 100 children to vital healthcare either here in the United States or in the regions where they live. The majority of these children are Syrian refugees who are suffering from war-related injuries or other debilitating illnesses. The pilot will serve as a beta test of the CRE digital platform, that has already engendered global support from healthcare providers, technology partners and donors, who practice mindful giving.


Microsoft Hackathon 2017 – 1st Place For Nonprofits

Our award-winning team together at Microsoft’s Hackathon 2017. The GCF team partnered with Microsoft employees to compete again a number of other nonprofits in the “Hack for Good” category and our team won 1st place.

Our team hard at work during the 2017 Hackathon. The event was held at Microsoft in Seattle, WA.

Nancy Robertson, GCF President & CEO, with Rahul Dodhia, Senior Director of Data Science, Microsoft

Rahul is a member of the Children’s Resource Exchange Microsoft Advisory Board and was a part of our Hackathon team this year.