GlobalHack VI is an annual event that brings together software developers, graphic designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from around the world to solve a single civic technology problem. This years project is centered around the issue of homelessness in our communities. Hundreds of participants across youth, collegiate, and pro divisions will work in teams to solve this problem by building software solutions over the course of an entire weekend. 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 evening of the event. $1 million in cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams, including $250,000 in follow-on funds that will be used to take the most promising prototypes generated at the event to market. GlobalHack VI will be held Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO, on the campus of Saint Louis University. CenturyLink is excited to be an Innovator Sponsor for this important community event.
In the fall of 2013, three St. Louis entrepreneurs, Drew Winship, CEO & Co-Founder, Juristat; Travis Sheridan, Executive Director, Venture Café; and Gabe Lozano, CEO & Co-Founder, LockerDome launched GlobalHack. GlobalHack, a nonprofit organization, spawned from the group's frustration of an irresponsible focus on business plan competitions and ineffective mentoring programs as methods for starting tech companies. They felt that the best way to improve the tech community in St. Louis was to show entrepreneurs that the first step in growing successful tech companies starts with building great products. Startup communities are not built on ideas alone. By developing a thriving ecosystem of individuals who are focused on building solutions for real-world problems, more founders will move past their initial concepts to create viable startup companies of their own.
GlobalHack Accomplishments to Date
Since GlobalHack launched in 2013, there have been five hackathons that have awarded $275,000 in total cash prizes. The over 700 event participants have gone on to collectively produce 117 functional, software prototypes.
In 2016, GlobalHack launched their youth programs in an effort to help build the next generation of tech talent in St. Louis and beyond. Through the youth programs, students are provided with hands-on computer science experiences. The courses create an environment for students to become excited about computer programming by showing them how fun, creative, and empowering coding can be. It also shows students that they can make an impact in the world via technology.
The Global Hack VI Project
Homelessness is a global problem begging for a solution. GlobalHack VI will work to solve this issue by challenging teams to create software that helps agencies like the St. Patrick Center and other service providers better answer the question -- how can we do more with less?
If you are looking to learn more about GlobalHack events or to register, visit their website.