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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Mid-America Technical Alliance has organized the inaugural Hack 4 Good competition. The event will kickoff at the eFactory at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 and will continue around the clock until the judging begins promptly at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. With over thirty registrants split into teams of 3-5 people, teams consist of a mixture of students and professionals, developers and designers, technical and nontechnical people. Mentors will be on-site offering guidance to teams on troubleshooting and clarification of requirements.
Teams will be competing to "hack" together an application that connects the homeless to vital resources and connects volunteers in real-time to meet the needs of the homeless community. Many different civic organizations provide and curate resources available to the homeless, but there currently is not a centralized way to make them available to members of the homeless community. With free Wi-Fi available throughout the city, an application is a viable outlet to connect the community with available resources.
Participants will create an application with the ability to search for various kinds of resources (food, shelter, clothing, job opportunities, etc.) and see the results in a list, on a map, or in other creative methods. The application should also have the ability for the end user to self identify various criteria such as gender, age, children, etc. to narrow down the specific resources available due to their circumstances. The expectation of the competition is not to have a fully functional app at the end of the competition, but to be creative and problem solve. The winning application or a combination of ideas from submitted applications will ideally be put into place following the competition.
Sponsored by the City of Springfield, Missouri Job Center, Drury University, Gravitate, Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Mother's Brewing Company, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, the Hack 4 Good event will be an annual competition.
Contact Hack 4 Good Co-Organizer, Sherry Coker, at 417-343-3017 with any questions regarding the event. Additional information is available at Hack 4 Good's website at www.hack4goodsgf.comor Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/hack4goodsgf.