GlobalHack VII to focus on immigration

Saint Louis University to host large-scale hackathon

September 28, 2017 (ST. LOUIS) – GlobalHack, a St. Louis-based nonprofit focused on a St. Louis-based nonprofit focused on driving social impact through technology, announced today the theme and location for their seventh large-scale software competition, GlobalHack VII.

At the hackathon, technologists and citizens will work over the course of an entire weekend to build software solutions which address specific challenges that face foreign-born and refugee communities of all skill levels. Teams from around the country, as well as several international teams, will compete for $100,000 in total cash prizes. The competition is part of a larger process where civic-based problems are sourced from community members, prototypes are built during the hackathon, and software solutions are implemented within area organizations. GlobalHack will provide capital, technical assistance, and oversight after the hackathon to ensure the top projects are actually implemented.

“One of the biggest critiques of hackathons to date is that they often lack follow-through. We will work with our community partners to ensure the most promising solutions are implemented, either as an addition to an existing platform or as a standalone application.” said Matt Menietti, GlobalHack’s Executive Director.

GlobalHack VII community partners include the St. Louis Mosaic Project, the International Institute, Casa de Salud, and Saint Louis University, among others.

According to Anna Crosslin, President and CEO of the International Institute St. Louis and Betsy Cohen, Executive Director, St. Louis Mosaic Project, “Our new ecosystem map detailing hundreds of resources serving immigrants and refugees is just a start. Ideas generated from GlobalHack VII will provide new ways for service providers and immigrants themselves to connect and be successful in our community.”

The hackathon will take place at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University from Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14, 2018. Saint Louis University and the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business will serve as the event’s Title Sponsors.

“Saint Louis University and the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business are proud to again be sponsors for GlobalHack VII. It was extremely rewarding to see high school and college students from across the country coming together last year at GlobalHack VI to solve a social problem affecting St. Louis. When we heard that Global Hack VII will again tackle a problem consistent with our mission as a Jesuit institution and impacting our region we knew we wanted to be part of it,” said Mark Higgins, Dean of the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business.

GlobalHack drives social impact through technology. We organize events that kickstart community-focused software projects and deliver accessible computer science education opportunities for kids.

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is a regional initiative within the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the World Trade Center St. Louis. St. Louis aims to be a cultural mosaic because this community believes that immigrants invigorate our region and drive innovation. Together, we welcome newcomers because they bring new energy, ideas and talent with them. We want to share our community with its great neighborhoods, outstanding schools, plus some of the best hospitals and cultural destinations in the world.

The International Institute is St. Louis’ welcoming center for new Americans. Our mission is to help immigrants and their families become productive Americans and champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength.

Casa de Salud is a nonprofit organization that facilitates and delivers low-cost, high-quality healthcare for patients who do not have health insurance, with a special emphasis on immigrants and refugees. By pursuing a model that integrates clinical and behavioral health, partners with a network of external providers for specialty care, and focuses on empowering patients to manage their own care, we achieve our principal goals of creating access to care, lowering costs, reducing long term complications from chronic illness, and decreasing the number of hospitalizations for preventable conditions.

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution with campuses in St. Louis, Mo. and Madrid, Spain. SLU values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. For nearly 200 years, the University has gone beyond teaching facts and figures, encouraging students to form ideas and identities. Today, SLU students are more than 13,000 strong, seeking to mold their lives into something stronger.

Matt Menietti
Executive Director, GlobalHack | (314) 896-4225

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