San Francisco techies are proving that not only do they have big brains but they have big hearts, too. This weekend, a group of smarty pants (tech professionals) will join LGBTQA youth to hack their little hearts (and brains) away.
Hosted by Maven, a virtual community for LGBTQA youth to network, organize and educate for social change, the first Hack 4 Queer Youth weekend event starts tomorrow where coders, programmers, illustrators, web designers, HTML fanatics, and LGBTQA kids will be paired together to develop new mobile apps that will service the LGBTQA community.
And, yes, there's money involved! The winning teams will take home $2,000 worth of prizes.
Here's how it works:
The nonprofits that will benefit from the new apps will introduce themselves; participants will pick which organization they want to support. Afterward, teams are formed, brainstorming starts, and hacking begins.
The hack-a-thon will continue until Sunday when judges will select which app they think is the coolest and most helpful. Winners will cheer, take their prizes (Nike iPods, Amazon gift cards, Games of Thrones, to name a few) and bask in their tech skills and general awesomeness.
So if you think you have what it takes, get in on the action, and start creating social change, one brain cell at a time.