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Tech Industry Builds Community at Hack for a Cause

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Eugene, OR. – The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) in the Southern Willamette Valley is pleased to announce its second annual Hack For A Cause event. 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 and community contribution.

Among the ten challenges selected this year from dozens submitted by local non-profits:  A Family For Every Child is looking for technology to help kids find their forever home faster.  Lane County Against Trafficking has asked for an app that will help rescue people (especially kids) from being trafficked. In support of the City of Eugene and St. Vincent de Paul is a challenge to tech enable impromptu donations to local charitable organizations, instead of panhandlers and a marketing campaign to get the word out.

Last year, Hack for a Cause attracted nearly a hundred local web developers, software engineers, business mentors, students, and digital creatives to “hack” at various challenges over a weekend. Submissions included a way-finding app for Lane Arts Council, a solution for connecting homeless youth to services in support of the 15th Night Initiative, and making the city parking garages fun and engaging.

On Friday, April 7th at 6 pm ad-hoc teams will form and then spend the weekend at the Downtown Athletic Club working to build mobile apps, digital art technology, websites, and campaigns to make the world a better place. Judging and awards will begin at 11:30 am on Sunday, April 9th.

Anyone who wants to make the world a better place is welcome at Hack for A Cause including students, developers, and professionals with any type of skill.

Details about Hack for a Cause
The Hackathon will take place at the Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette St, Eugene from April 7-9. Registration is available for participants and observers in advance at http://hackforacause.io Opening ceremonies will begin at 6 pm on Friday with a welcome from Eugene Mayor Vinis, keynote speaker Jon Ruiz on behalf of the 15th Night Initiative, and pitches from community advocates on behalf of each challenge. Final presentation and the awards ceremony will begin at11:30 am on Sunday.

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