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CourtHack Returns, version 2.0. April 22-32, 2017 0

CourtHack Returns, version 2.0. April 22-32, 2017

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Blog

On the heels of CourtHack 2016’s success in Salt Lake City, HackerNest and the National Center for State Courts are partnering once again to bring you CourtHack 2.0! The event will take place April 22-23, 2017. This year, we’re in the tri-state area in New Brunswick, New Jersey at the New Jersey Law Center. Once again, carefully-curated challenge sets will aim to provide those living in the United States with greater access to justice. Last year, over 75 participants formed 16 teams across four challenge sets. The winner, Robot Lawyer, created a text-based app for navigating and filing court appeals and claims. For their amazing work, they took home $5,500 cash and a trip to Las Vegas to the e-Courts Conference, where they demoed for industry professionals. You can watch them present here. CourtHack 2.0 aims to bring together over 100 technologists, legal professionals, and business leaders to tackle challenge sets around customer experience, transparency, and support for children and parents with regards to the legal system, and more. Hackers will be able to pull from anonymized data and have access to mentors from the National Center for State Courts and other subject matter experts. Our hackathons feature mentors of the highest caliber because we want to give each team...

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DementiaHack 2017 Winners! 0

DementiaHack 2017 Winners!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Blog

Inspiring. Amazing. Brilliant. These are just a few of the words our attendees used to describe the third DementiaHack on March 4-5 in Toronto. At a completely sold out, standing room only event at MaRS Discovery District, over 300 participants forming more than 60 teams worked for two straight days to craft and create tech solutions to problems facing the dementia community. In attendance were co-chairs Jordan Banks of Facebook Canada, and Kevin McGurgan of the British Consulate, and Toronto Mayor John Tory to help kick off the event. Split into four challenge sets, DementiaHack was once again the place to be for anyone passionate, interested, and curious about how to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their caregivers, healthcare professionals, and researchers. Mayor John Tory delivering opening remarks at MaRS An esteemed roster of Mentor Judges adjudicated the Science Fair Demos to choose the best of the best from each challenge set. The challenge set winners then performed a live, on-stage demo to the entire crowd of their peers and VIPs including VCs, heads of industry, and subject matter experts. Each team was given 3 minutes to demo, and 2 minutes for questions from the judges. The Finals Judging panel consisted of leaders from the dementia...

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RBC Sponsors HackerNest Throughout North America 0

RBC Sponsors HackerNest Throughout North America

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Blog

Starting January 2017, we are thrilled to announce a partnership between RBC and HackerNest to promote over 16 cities in North America. “We’re proud that RBC – a huge household name – is sponsoring HackerNest across North America,” says Shaharris Beh, CEO of HackerNest. By sponsoring these communities, RBC helps further the HackerNest mission of economic development through technology.  We’re building a community around the people, engaging with technology, and endeavouring to make an impact in our world for the better, regardless of location, skill level, coding language, or area of focus. Harnessing these minds can lead to fantastic ideation; such as we’ve seen through our incredible hackathons every year. By empowering and building local tech communities throughout North America and around the world, we’re also strengthening and encouraging individuals to connect with one another and create! Brilliant products and fantastic ideas have been born from Tech Socials and HackerNest tech communities, and it’s this big thinking that builds and supports our economies. We’re so happy to have RBC on board, and look forward to the great work we’ll do together. ...

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Hack4Equality, a hackathon by Grindr, in partnership with HackerNest 0

Hack4Equality, a hackathon by Grindr, in partnership with HackerNest

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Blog-pending, Uncategorized

This is the kind of thing that brings people of all types together, rallying around taking a stance and fighting for a socially beneficial, much needed set of moral issues. Introducing Hack4Equality, an online and in person hackathon to combat LGBTQ inequalities out of sunny Los Angeles, the home and headquarters of Grindr. This seven-week hackathon is based in Los Angeles, but we’re also inviting the world to participate. Let’s work together to spark change for millions around the world. We expect some brilliant minds to craft technology-based solutions to critical issues affecting the global LGBTQ community across these 4 challenge sets: Transgender Visibility and Economic Empowerment LGBTQ Homelessness Access to Sexual Health Services and PrEP International LGBTQ Issues   Things kick off on Saturday, August 6, 2016 and end with a grand finale demo day on September 25, 2016. Here’s what will happen for this sprint hackathon:   7 week sprint 3 Workshops 1 final demo day   This format will be a little different from what you’re used to with other hackathons. This sprint-style hackathon takes the pressure cooker model and distributes it over a number of weeks so that participants can hone their project and apply their craft in a manner that breeds higher quality projects that...

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