Tampa, Fla. – (May 20, 2016) Homelessness is a social issue many work to combat with resources like shelters, work programs and food sourcing. From June 3-5, Tampa Innovation Alliance is taking on this issue with a different approach – technology.
During this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking, the Innovation Alliance hosts “Gimme Shelter,” a hack for homelessness where teams from across the region compete to create viable tech-based solutions for those in Tampa Bay who are homeless and for those who are providing services for the homeless. The event combines the Innovation Alliance’s mission of transforming, enriching and connecting the 15,000-acre district with one of the district’s significant social challenges.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Tampa Innovation Alliance to help bring together this community’s top technologists to address one of the region’s most pressing problems – homelessness,” said Tampa Innovation Alliance CEO Mark Sharpe. “There are so many ways we can approach social issues with technological applications.”
The Innovation Alliance has as many as 10 different projects for volunteer coders to tackle during the hackathon. The projects will target ways to use apps for point-in-time homeless count surveys, to use data and statistics to predict ways to reverse the problem, to address panhandling and to help landlords take advantage of voucher programs.
The event takes place at Crossover Church, 1235 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33612. Peak 10 is the presenting sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include SunTrust Banks, Redhat, Bloomin’ Brands, Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally, Code for Tampa Bay, Crossover Church and the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative.
There are still opportunities to participate or to support the event. Contact Kelley Sims if you would like to be a part of the “Gimme Shelter” hackathon either as a participant or a supporter at 813-833-1894.
About Tampa Innovation Alliance
The Tampa Innovation Alliance is a multi-jurisdictional district anchored by globally-recognized institutions such as USF, Busch Gardens, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital, and RD Management. These institutions drive economic activity, engaging tens of thousands of students, educators, health care workers, patients, and four million tourists annually. The Alliance is set to build an engaged community recognized as an innovation destination.
About National Day of Civic Hacking
National Day of Civic Hacking is a nationwide day of action where developers, government employees, designers, journalists, data scientists, non-profit employees, UX designers and members of the community come together to host civic tech events, leveraging their skills to help their community. Dozens of cities across the country will participate including as many as five cities across Florida.