Hack4Equality: Spark Change for the Global LGBTQ Community
By: Theo Goetemann
Last week, Grindr, in partnership with HackerNest, launched Hack4Equality, a seven-week hackathon where creative-minded people from around the world will work to solve problems facing the LGBTQ community. Participants will have access to data from the City of Los Angeles and government census data provided through the White House’s Opportunity Project. For the first time ever, Grindr will also provide anonymous data from their own app. Through these datasets, participants will tackle issues like LGBTQ Homelessness, Transgender Visibility and Economic Empowerment, Sexual Health Services and PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, medication taken every day by people at high risk of being infected with HIV), and International LGBTQ Inequality.
Hack4Equality’s workshops and events will be held in West Hollywood, Los Angeles and broadcast online. Participants from outside of Los Angeles are encouraged to join online. When the hackathon closes on September 25th, prizes will be awarded to teams present in LA and online competitors.
Apart from prizes, Hack4Equality presents a great opportunity for participants to connect with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. While the official list of special guests will be released September 10th, certain teams will receive expert advice from Tai Sunnanon, founder of the si3 group, who will be a mentor. Attendees can look forward to meeting David Michaels, the first VP at Mint.com, who has been confirmed as a judge.