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St. Edward’s University, Open Austin and SXSW Interactive Present 2nd Annual ATX Hack for Change – May 31 – June 1
|By Business Wire
|May 27, 2014 02:23 PM EDT
St. Edward’s University, with co-presenters South by Southwest
Interactive and Open Austin, will host the second annual ATX
Hack for Change on the St. Edward’s campus May 31 - June 1. ATX Hack
for Change is the annual civic and social good hackathon held in
conjunction with the National
Day of Civic Hacking, the largest ever national convening of civic
The 2014 ATX Hack for Change event is expected to see more than 250
participants from the Austin technology, civic, and non-profit
communities. They will collaborate to craft creative and effective
solutions to social challenges facing Austin. The project teams will
begin hacking on Saturday, May 31 and will present their work on Sunday
afternoon before a panel of distinguished experts from the technology,
education, non-profit and civic sectors. Audience members at the final
presentations will vote for their favorite project team, who will
receive complimentary registrations to the 2015 SXSW Interactive
Festival, March 13-17.
On Saturday, while the developer teams are strategizing, designing, and
coding, a showcase
event will spotlight 12 groups whose social and civic efforts are
already creating a positive impact in the Austin community. The
Changemaker Showcase is open to the public and will be held from 1 to 6
p.m. in Jones Auditorium on Saturday, May 31. The Changemaker Showcase
attendee registration is available here.
Highlights from the 2013 ATX Hack for Change include projects built to
connect owners with lost pets, to collect feedback on the location of
future bike share hubs, and to accelerate the ability of Keep
Austin Fed to make Austin a zero-food waste city.
year’s projects will benefit AISD’s Literacy Action Plan, the City
of Austin Open Data Portal, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the
Capital Area Food Bank, and several other local organizations and
government offices. This year’s event will also feature Hack It Forward
Challenges, which invite hackers to build on, expand, and reimagine
tools and data hand-picked for the event by the City of Austin. These
include the ATXFloods challenge and the STAR Community Rating System
The City of Austin will issue a proclamation and the city’s new Chief
Innovation Officer, Kerry O’Connor, will serve on the panel of experts
on Sunday, June 1.
ATX Hack for Change is supported by Capital Factory, Extreme Networks,
Texans for Economic Progress, and thirteen23. Hackathon participants
will work with technology provided by Ambonare, Mozido, Op3nVoice,
Plivo, Socrata, and UserApp.
The history of the ATX Hack for Change dates back to January 2013, when
the White House announced the National Day of Civic Hacking as a
nationwide celebration promoting civic engagement in among the thriving
tech community in the United States. St. Edward’s joined forces with
Open Austin to produce the 2013 event in which more than 80 hackers
participated. Several of the projects completed in 2013 have enjoyed
further development by local hackers and their impact continues to
resonate across the city today. The transformative work done by one team
of hackers for local food rescue non-profit Keep
Austin Fed was recognized at the Champions of Change White House
event in July 2013.
About SXSW Interactive
The 22nd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday,
March 13 through Tuesday, March 17. An incubator of cutting-edge
technologies and digital creativity, the 2015 event features five days
of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in
emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by
industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing
the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has
to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future,
SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of
tomorrow today. Join us in March 2015 for the sessions, the networking,
the evening events, the 18th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards, SXSW
Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Create, the
Digital Creative Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees
from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable
inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.
SXSW Interactive is sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance,
Chevrolet, AT&T, Deloitte, IFC, American Express, Pennzoil, Subway and
the Austin Chronicle.
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