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

    Competition to produce technology solutions to prevent and end homelessness

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    GlobalHack VI announced today that it’s partnering with St. Patrick Center for the $1 Million Hackathon set for the weekend of October 21-23. Participants will compete to produce technology solutions to prevent and end homelessness.

    20150605-_MG_9050-696x464“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 in a statement. “St. Patrick Center has been an active and visible leader in the effort to transform and improve the lives of their clients.”

    For more than 30 years, St. Patrick Center has provided housing, employment and health programs for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in St. Louis City and St. Louis County, providing assistance to more than 5,700 individuals and families each year.

    “St. Patrick Center is extremely privileged to be the partner for GlobalHack VI,” said CEO Laurie Phillips in a statement. “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.”

    For the event, 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. After the competition, 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 $1 million 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, maturing 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.

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