GlobalHack VI Project Announcement

GlobalHack Partners with St. Patrick Center For $1 Million Hackathon Project

Competition to produce technology solutions to prevent and end homelessness

June 28, 2016 (ST. LOUIS) – GlobalHack, a nonprofit focused on building a better tech community through software competitions, announced today a partnership with St. Patrick Center, which provides housing, employment and health programs to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The partnership will center around GlobalHack VI, where more than 2,500 software developers, designers and entrepreneurs will converge on Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena from October 21 – 23. Participating teams will be tasked with building software solutions for the homeless community, competing for $1 million in cash prizes.

GlobalHack invites member agencies of the City of St. Louis’ Continuum of Care to collaborate with St. Patrick Center to identify the most promising solutions. St. Patrick Center will take the lead in fully adopting the top solution. Throughout this process, GlobalHack will collaborate with St. Patrick Center to identify and select a handful of other member agencies to serve as launch partners. Of GlobalHack VI’s $1M prize pool, $250,000 is being set aside as an incentive for selected individuals to work with St. Patrick Center and other launch partners post-event, developing and bringing the best solution to market.

Under an open-source software license, winning solutions will be made free and available for anyone to use, and for software developers to improve upon. To ensure a level playing field for all hackathon participants, full details of the challenge will not be released until the Friday evening of the event.

“St. Patrick Center is extremely privileged to be the partner for GlobalHack VI,” said CEO Laurie Phillips. “The work done over this October weekend will transform lives, giving St. Patrick Center, and all homeless services agencies, a critical tool in ending chronic homelessness in the entire region, making St. Louis an even better place to live and work. We are so incredibly grateful for this opportunity.”

“We’re thrilled to work alongside such a trusted community partner, and on a project that matters immensely,” said Matt Menietti, GlobalHack’s Executive Director. “St. Patrick Center has been an active and visible leader in the effort to the transform and improve the lives of their clients.”

For more information and to register for the event, please visit globalhack.org.

ABOUT GLOBALHACK
GlobalHack is a building a better tech ecosystem through software competitions. Our events bring together developers, designers, entrepreneurs and technologists to build innovative software solutions that solve real-world problems. Learn more at globalhack.org.

ABOUT ST. PATRICK CENTER
The mission of the St. Patrick Center is to help individuals and families move from homelessness to independence in dignified, cost-effective and permanent ways. This approach transforms our clients as well as our entire community. Learn more at stpatrickcenter.org.

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