Building a better culture for tech
Frustrated by an irresponsible focus on business plan competitions and ineffective mentoring programs as methods for starting tech companies, three St. Louis entrepreneurs launched GlobalHack in the Fall of 2013. Our founders believed that the best way to improve the tech community in St. Louis was to show entrepreneurs that the first step in growing successful tech companies starts with building great products. Startup communities are not built on ideas alone. By developing a thriving ecosystem of individuals who are focused on building solutions for real-world problems, more founders will move past their initial concepts to create viable startup companies of their own.
What We’ve Accomplished
Since GlobalHack launched in 2013, we’ve organized six hackathons and awarded $1,025,000 in total cash prizes. Our 1732 event participants have gone on to collectively produce 273 functional, software prototypes.
What is GlobalHack?
GlobalHack hackathons bring together engineers, developers, UI/UX designers, entrepreneurs, and technologists for weekend-long software competitions. Small teams across youth, college, and professional divisions work around the clock to build innovative software solutions that solve real-world, civic problems. The teams’ final prototypes are then presented to a panel of highly-qualified industry experts and cash prizes are awarded to the top teams.
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In 2016, we launched our youth programs, helping to build the next generation of tech talent here in St. Louis. Through our youth programs, we provide students with hands-on experiences around computer science. We get students excited about computer programming by showing them how fun, creative, and empowering coding can be.
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GlobalHack General FAQ
What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate on software projects.
What is ‘hacking’?
Not used in reference to illegal computer or online activity, our definition of “hacking” refers to the act of building solutions with limited resources. In the case of a hackathon, these resources are usually time and energy.
Why should I participate in a hackathon?
There are several reasons to attend a hackathon.
- Networking: Hackathons attract individuals and organizations who are passionate about software and technology. Participants are able to actively network both within and outside their team, especially with the event sponsors, many of which are looking to recruit technical talent at the event. If you’re looking for a new job or career opportunity in tech, you’ll likely find one (or several) at a hackathon.
- Improve Your Skills: If you’re just learning how to code, hackathons are a great way to put your skills to the test in a contained environment by solving real-world problems over a set amount of time. Hackathons provide you with relevant experience and context to know how a team can work with an idea and develop a product as a result.
- Perks + Prizes: Outside of an event t-shirt and other sponsor giveaways, many hackathons (like GlobalHack) put up serious prizes for the top teams, including wearables, computer monitors, hosting credits, and cold, hard cash. GlobalHack VI will be awarding $1 million in total cash prizes in October, and stands to be the largest civic-focused hackathon in the world.
Matt has spent the last 4+ years working in the St. Louis startup community. He served as the Director of Operations and Venture Partner, respectively for two nationally-ranked accelerator programs, Capital Innovators and SixThirty. In June of 2012, he was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 list of up-and-coming young professionals. Matt is a former AmeriCORPS VISTA member and is an alumni of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Matt is also a co-founder of an online resource-sharing tool for nonprofits called GoodMap, which won $30,000 in seed funding through the YouthBridge Social Enterprise Competition in April 2013.
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Delia is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, having acquired degrees in Economics and Healthcare Management. Prior to Washington University, she attended a french international school in Paris, France and the National Cathedral School in Washington D.C. In college, Delia worked for Washington University’s Summer Programs and Conference Services, first as a Programming Intern and later as a Conference Assistant and Transition Coordinator. She has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and has taught at Washington University in the Brown-in-Balance program, and in the St. Louis community at PuraVegan Cafe. In her free time, Delia likes to code, speak Italian, and cook.
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Director, Youth Programs
Beth has 5+ years of working in experiential youth programming. She formerly served as the Youth Leadership St. Louis Director at FOCUS St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that develops leadership in the St. Louis region. She developed curriculum and facilitated leadership development programs for 160 high school juniors throughout 33 schools. She also taught eighth grade in south Texas through Teach for America, a national corps of individuals that dedicated two years to teaching in low-income schools. She currently serves on the board for Launch St. Louis and manages their online tool LaunchMe, which serves to connect young and talented individuals to nonprofit young friend boards.
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Drew is a co-founder of GlobalHack and CEO of Juristat, a legal technology company based in St. Louis that provides patent prosecution analytics to law firms and in-house counsels. Juristat’s clients include IBM, Phillips, Kyocera, Verizon, 3M and 5 of the 15 largest patent law firms in the US. Drew’s passion for hackathons was started when Juristat was founded out of St. Louis’s first Startup Weekend. Drew later cohosted the first National Day of Civic Hacking in St. Louis. He has a passion for growing the St. Louis Startup ecosystem through hackathons and developing software that will have a lasting impact on the world.
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James is a veteran software developer and architect. He has been a key member in several companies and start-ups in the St. Louis area including Lumate which creates the infrastructure for mobile user data to be actionable and improve user interactions. James has experience bringing ideas into the real world and a fever for creation.
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Board of Directors
Gabe Lozano, CEO & Co-Founder, LockerDome
Brian Matthews, General Partner, Cultivation Capital
Mark Lewis, Chief Financial Officer, LockerDome
Drew Winship, CEO & Co-Founder, Juristat
Travis Sheridan, Executive Director, Venture Café
Gabe Lozano, CEO & Co-Founder, LockerDome
Robin Carnahan, Former Missouri Secretary of State
Hosted in St. Louis, Missouri, GlobalHack is seeking camp staff for our 2017 summer camp. We’re looking for energetic and tech savvy summer tech camp computer instructors to join our team to deliver a predefined fun and engaging summer camp curriculum with the aid of qualified learning assistants and counselors.