The Kapor Center served as a proud sponsor of Trans*H4ck, (what we believe is) the first hackathon in the nation to focus leveraging tech to address trans-specific challenges. The founder and visionary, Kortney Ryan Zeigler (who was just selected as one of The Root 100’s 2013 Top Black Influencers), posted this summary piece on their homepage:
The first installment of Trans*H4CK: a Hackathon for Transgender Empowerment was held Sept. 13-15th in Oakland at Betti Ono gallery, with support from the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Mozilla, TranscodeSF and Spectrum Queer Media. Over two days, teams collaborated on projects with a goal of benefitting the trans and gender non conforming community. To inspire the participants, speakers such as Janet Mock (#girlslikeus founder), Dana McCallum (engineer at Twitter) and Naomi Ceder (Author) shared their their experiences working in their fields as out trans people.
When the hacking was over, teams presented their extremely creative and useful projects to the public and a judge panel of esteemed trans activists that included YouTube vlogger Erin Armstrong, award-winning blogger Monica Roberts, and youth activist Benji Delgadillo, selected three teams for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.
1st Place: Transresource.us: Trans*ResourceUS‘s mission is to provide a comprehensive web and mobile application that empowers, stabilizes, uplifts and creates community solidarity by providing a search engine for employment, housing and health information.
2nd Place: Dottify.me: Dottify.me is micro survey site dedicated to improving data on trans people through an anonymous pin system based on zip codes.
3rd Place: Trans Health Access Wiki: A website to help figure out what state laws and regulations exist to assist you in getting transition coverage.
Check out the video and links to the projects on HackerLeague. Next up, Trans*H4CK NYC!
Click above to see the Trans*H4CK Recap on Vimeo. Also, check out an interview with Dr. Zeigler on AOL/WSJ Live. This is the kind of groundbreaking use of community expertise and tech talent that generates excitement and impact, bringing together largely-unmet communities. Using this as a model, what other communities can be bolstered in similar fashion?