Our Inaugural <div> Hack is the first ever youth and diversity-focused hackathon at SXSW!

We are selecting 50 phenomenal high school and college students for this opportunity! The selected students will be paired with professional mentors to collaborate and build a web or mobile-based app hacking the Education, Health, or Justice sectors.

If you are a student or know of a student, who is interested in using technology to solve a real-world problem, encourage that student to apply. You do not have to know how to code to gain access to this opportunity; and this opportunity is open to all majors. Applications are due no later than Saturday, March 7th.

The JUSTICE TRACK seeks solutions related to balancing the scales of justice for marginalized people of color. This track will also focus on strategies empowering ex-offenders to make successful transitions to fully-contributing members of society.

The HEALTH TRACK will focus on issues related to improving the experience and health care options available to people of color. Additionally, this track will focus on solutions for increasing diversity in the medical profession.

The EDUCATION TRACK will address issues related to disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline system, college readiness, acceptance and completion and career guidance for minority students.

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A majority of our youth participants, referred to as TRAILBLAZERS, will include Black, Latino, Native-American and under-represented Asian and Pacific Islanders. Our Hackathon is 100% dedicated to inclusion of transgender youth, women, and girls.

Our trailblazers will spend two days on teams working alongside adult professionals supporting them as they build websites and mobile apps that will positively impact their community and improve their life outcomes.

At the end of our Hackathon, participants will walk away with a sense of accomplishment, inspired by experiencing what is possible when brilliant people get together to solve problems.

Information changes situations.

And this Hackathon is about serving as an information conduit for talented students to diversity in the technology space. We want our target students to understand that they can be more than consumers of technology; they too can be creators, innovators, and disruptors of today’s technology.

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WHAT IS A HACKATHON?

Hackathons gather together technologists (coders), artist (designers), problem solvers (innovators), and industry/area experts (students, educators, parents, activists, community leaders, YOU) to build a web or mobile app that can change the world, create a business, or do both!

OKAY – ALL OF THAT SOUNDS INTERESTING, BUT WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW HOW TO CODE?

While we’re calling it a hackathon, we’re explicitly welcoming everyone, regardless of their skill or talent. At our hackathon, we are combining professionals, mentors, and youth to collaborate on building technological tools that can transform their environment, their neighborhoods, and their lives!

WHERE WILL THE HACKATHON TAKE PLACE?

On the HBCU campus of Huston-Tillotson University, located on the Eastside of Downtown Austin at 900 Chicon St. The hack will take place in the Student Union Building. Coming east from downtown on E. 7th St, turn left on to Chalmers Ave. There is a parking lot on the backside of the campus. The officer on duty at the Campus Security Booth will direct you to the Student Union Building.

Click here for directions via Google Maps.

WHAT DOES THE DAY’S AGENDA LOOK LIKE?

DAY ONE | SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015

7:30AMDOORS OPEN | HACKING CONTINUES| BREAKFAST
9:00AM Student Workshop on Social Capital and LinkedIn
10:00AMHacking Continues
11:00AMLunch Break
5:00PMFinal Pitches
6:30PM Judging, Awards, and Community Celebration of Hackathon Students and Mentors, and Youth Media Project Students and Mentors
8:00PMHackathon Closes

DAY TWO | SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015

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Mentor Monday's at SXSW 2015: Creating Your CareerFriday3:30pm - 4:30pmBallroom EJeff Clanagan

Mike Street
#mentormondays
Increasing the Diversity of Tech Startup FoundersFriday5:00pm - 6:00pmBallroom ENatalia Oberti Noguera

Keith White
#startupdvrs
Why Black Leaders Matter in TechnologySaturday9:30am - 10:30amBallroom EWayne Sutton#blackleaders
Diversity in STEM: Nurture or NatureSaturday11:00am - 12:00pmBallroom EDr. Mae Jemison

Kimberly Bryant

Lindsey Shepard

Ran Libeskind-Hadas
#bayer
How Not to Hire and Retain Employees of ColorSaturday12:30pm - 1:30pmBallroom EAna Diaz-Hernandez


Aston Motest

Makinde Adeagbo

Ola Okelola
#moreofus
Legend of the Black Techie: The New MosesSaturday3:30pm - 4:30pmBallroom EBilly Johnson, Jr

Karine Travieso

Lynne D Johnson

Tynicka Battle
#blackmoses
Where are the Black Designers?Saturday5:00pm - 6:00pmBallroom EMaurice Cherry#blackdzn
Cultural Placemaking Through Interactive StorytellingSaturday9:30am - 10:30amBallroom FLisa Byrd

Matthew Gossage


Tim Eubanks
#diversity
It is Not Racist to Consider Race in MarketingSaturday11:00am - 12:00pmBallroom F#notracist
Social Media + Diversity: The ROI for BrandsSaturday3:30pm - 4:30pmBallroom FAbraham Cajudo

Andre Blackman

Nailah Blades

Pam Slim
#diverseROI
Diversifying the Tech Workforce: Impact at ScaleSunday9:30am - 10:30amBallroom EJim Shelton III

Karla Monterroso


Yvonne De La Pera
#impactscale
Transgender in Tech: Past, Present, Future3/15/1511:00am - 12:00pmBallroom E#LGBTsxsw
Beyond the Diversity Data: Strategies that WorkSunday3:30pm - 4:30pmBallroom EAnitra Collins

Freada Kapor Klein

Lisa Lee

Maira Teresa Kumar
#divtech
Investors Looking for Diverse Startups to FundSunday5:00pm - 6:00pmBallroom EJudy Robinett

K. P. Reddy

Ross Baird
#investors

LAST QUESTION, HOW MUCH, AND HOW DO I REGISTER?

We thought you’d never ask. 🙂 See the embedded form below to save your seat. We only have room for 50 students – so register today to apply for your spot!