Gozamos is proud to announce that our community initiative, Latin@ Techies, is conducting the second annual Latin@ Hackathon on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Cultura in Pilsen (currently in residence at La Catrina Cafe).
This year, our hackathon focuses on a crucial issue in Latino communities: fair housing and community development. Rising rents and inequitable development in historically Latin@ communities have led to increased evictions of long-term residents and closures of Latino cultural spaces, including the displacement of our own home base, Cultura in Pilsen.
We’re looking for:
• housing advocates
• web developers
• software engineers
• data analysts
• community activists
• visual artists
Twenty-five applicants will be selected to participate in small teams that will create community-driven tech solutions and present their project to the public at the end of the day.
We’re also making a special call to community housing organizations who have their own data or want to use data to address a specific aspect of the theme.
Latin@ Techies will provide all-day food and coffee, WIFI and opportunities to win raffle prizes!
The mission of Latin@ Techies is to expose and support more Latinos in STEM fields, where only 7% of the workforce is Latino. As such, priority will be given to applicants who are Latin@.
Latin@ Hackathon: Housing & Community Development
Hosted by Latin@ Techies, Gozamos and Cultura in Pilsen
8:00a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cultura in Pilsen (in residence at La Catrina Cafe)
1011 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
8:00 Welcome (Closed; Accepted applicants only)
– Meet & greet
– Hackathon Process
– Housing Issues in Chicago’s Latino Communities
– Discussion & Team Selection
9:30am-8pm: Teams work on projects; raffle & meal breaks (Closed; Accepted applicants only)
8:00pm-10:00pm: Team Presentations and Reception (Open to Public)
ABOUT LATIN@ TECHIES
Despite Latinos’ affinity for consuming technology, only 7 percent of the STEM workforce is Latino. We want to do our part to change that. Formed in 2014 as the first Latino tech network in Chicago, Latin@ Techies creates community-based events to expose young Latinos to STEM, connect Latino tech professionals, and leverage tech to tackle critical community issues. Past events have included the first Latin@ Hackathon in Chicago, the first series of bilingual pop-up tech fairs in Chicago, and several networking opportunities, including a panel with the Hispanic Googlers Network (HOLA). Latin@ Techies is a community initiative of Gozamos.com.