Hack to End Homelessness: A weekend of Designing, Hacking & Learning
Candace Faber is our neighbor in Pioneer Square with offices in Impact Hub Seattle, and contributes this guest post. We are excited about this event happening in our ‘hood, and the good that might come out of it. Come along for the ride.
When I moved back to Seattle last year to start my company at Pioneer Square’s Impact Hub, I was struck by the contrast between the tech-driven growth of our neighborhood and the size of our homeless population. With so many innovators in one place, could we not find a solution to the problem on our doorstep?
In December 2013, in response to insensitive comments about homelessness by a San Francisco-based tech startup founder, our community decided to take a more positive approach. Catalyzed by an email from one of our members, we formed an all-volunteer team and began to collaborate with over a dozen community organizations. The result is Hack to End Homelessness, a series of events – including photography exhibits, the Seattle premiere of the documentary @home, and a weekend-long hackathon – that will take place at Impact Hub between May 1 and 4, 2014.
While we know we cannot end homelessness in a single weekend, we can discover new solutions and build support for proven approaches. We invite citizens of Seattle and surrounding communities to join us for any one of our events. Reduced admission is available to those in need. Learn more at hacktoendhomelessness.com.
Thursday, May 1, 5:00-9:00 pm | First Thursday ArtWalk in Pioneer Square
Featuring Homeless in America by Dan Lamont, portraits from Rex Hohlbein’s Facing Homelessness, and photography from Michael B. Maine‘s workshops with the University District Youth Center. Free, no tickets required.
Friday, May 2, 7:00 pm | Seattle premiere screening of @home
@home follows Mark Horvath – homeless addict-turned-digital activist – on a cross-country exploration of homelessness. Horvath himself and the film’s director, Susanne Suffredin, will attend the screening and participate in a post-film discussion panel along with Mark Putnam of the Committee to End Homelessness-King County. $15. Food provided by La Bodega.
Saturday & Sunday, May 3-4 (all day) | Hack to End Homelessness
We welcome developers, designers, social media marketers, PR pros, fundraisers, and anyone else with the desire to build tools to end homelessness. You’ll work side-by-side with mentors from over a dozen Seattle service organizations, including Real Change, YouthCare, Sanctuary Art Center, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, YWCA, Union Gospel Mission, and Mark Horvath’s InvisiblePeople.TV. Check out the schedule and list of sample projects at hacktoendhomelessness.com/projects. $100 includes seven meals; full and partial scholarships available.
Sunday, May 4, 5:00 pm | Finale
Hackathon teams will present their work for an all-star panel that includes serial tech entrepreneur Mike Mathieu, City of Seattle Startup Liaison Rebecca Lovell, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Senior Program Officer Kollin Min, Crosscut Reporter Judy Lightfoot, and Real Change Executive Director Tim Harris. $10. Reception catered by Lovage.
All events take place at Impact Hub Seattle, 2nd Ave S. & S. Washington, Pioneer Square. Tickets available at hack2endhomelessness.eventbrite.com.
Candace Faber is founder of Whoa! Strategies, which helps businesses and other organizations maximize the positive social impact of their work. A Seattle native, she moved back in 2013 after serving as a U.S. diplomat in Poland, Belarus, Washington DC, and Afghanistan. She is passionate about making Seattle a dynamic, globally engaged city where innovators can thrive.