The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) is pleased to announce its first annual Hack For A Cause event in Portland Oct. 19-20 at Portland State University. The event is a platform for the local tech community to offer their expertise to solve challenges in our community. Participants of various skills and backgrounds are invited to register, join a team, and compete to solve challenges for prizes.
CHALLENGE 1 - ACCESSIBLE SERVICES
Homelessness is prevalent throughout the Portland Metro area. Displaced individuals have poor access to fragmented resources and often do not know where or how to search for these services. In hosting its first annual Hack for a Cause at Portland State University, TAO looks forward to bringing together stakeholders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to build open source solutions that enhance user experiences for those in need. Bridging the gap between organizations who have resources and people who need them will benefit our community and local economy.
In Portland Metro, we have very few accessible notification systems or applications that alert beneficiaries when services - such as food, shelter, health care and employment and education services - are available. Hack for a Cause teams will innovate ways for organizations such as Portland Rescue Mission, Transition Projects and 311 to connect more effectively with the homeless population that is striving to improve their lives, but lack the support to do so.
We're challenging you to use your powers for good and make the Portland Metro area a better place. Are you passionate about tackling the homelessness issue through the power of technology? Join us! (Sign up links are below based on your interest)
CHALLENGE 2 - VISION ZERO
Traffic related fatalities are prevalent throughout the Portland Metro area. Much of the Vision Zero campaign is to make the streets of our region safer by not only preventing injuries and fatalities, but to improve the accessibility of mobility for all types of residents and visitors.
In hosting its first annual Hack for a Cause at Portland State University, TAO looks forward to bringing together stakeholders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to build open source solutions that elevate the work of Vision Zero in the Portland metro area.
In our region, access and safety of transportation for all citizens has brought the city of Portland’s attention through their Vision Zero campaign. Some successful initiatives like 20 is Plenty are already underway. Hack for a Cause teams will innovate ways with enthusiastic partners and hackers to make an even larger impact on reducing fatalities and injuries in the Portland Metro area.
We're challenging you to use your powers for good and make the Portland Metro area a better place. Are you passionate about tackling the transportation safety issue through the power of technology? Join us! (Sign up links are below based on your interest)
CHALLENGE 3 - HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
As housing affordability in the region evolves, there are ways in which long-standing residents could have access to community resources for improving their properties without the capital needed for development. Individuals that have land and density to share do not always have the trustworthy connetions to expertise on boosting the value of their home - or creating additional income for themselves from a sale or rental property.
In our region, there are (smaller) property owners that have land they want to develop, but don't have the expertise or capital to make it happen. Connections are also missing among those that may want to sell or transfer ununsed density from a property to others in the market. Hack for a Cause teams will create a match making system where property owners can be connected with resources and people to help them make improvements to their land in a variety of ways.
We're challenging you to use your powers for good and make the Portland Metro area a better place. Are you passionate about connecting current landowners to income opportunities through the power of technology? Join us!
Be a Partner - As a community partner to this event, you have knowledge and sweat equity to share! TAO is seeking shifts of connected community organizers to guide our hackers on resources related to accessible services. While you may not be technical, you know the ins and outs and of services and resources available to our homeless population and want to dedicate your time for the greater good!
Be a Hacker - As a hacker for this event, you have the technical, creative or project management skills to share! TAO is seeking teams of 5 - 7 individuals to work on the challenge mentioned above. The goal for each team is to have a minimum of: Two (2) developers or technical skills, one (1) designer or creative person and one (1) project manager. Pre formed teams can sign up together by purchasing the tickets all together!
Be a Volunteer - As a volunteer to this event, you have passion and sweat equity to share! TAO is seeking shifts of connected helpful volunteers to ensure our hackers are given love around the clock while they work! The roles for volunteers we are seeking are for: mentors, data/researchers, event planning and logistics, AV support, photography & videography.
Note: We're asking for volunteers with a technical background to ensure hackers outline a thorough project scope and help them along the way if they come across any coding challenges when developing their product (likely for an app using GitHub).
TEAMS - can be signed up together, or option as individuals where TAO will match groups together
-More are welcome!
-community partner (knowledgeable)
-event / logistics / concierge
-AV / systems help
-photo / video