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HACKtivation, San Francisco

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This weekend, Arrow Root Media’s very own Kyle Stewart will be holding this year’s HACKtivation hackathon in San Francisco, where several non-profit and other socially aware groups will get together to collaborate on projects for their causes, focusing on homelessness this year. The event serves as a time for the community to get together and work together, not only to develop the projects, but also educate others and create new ideas.

The event’s past success has drawn a diverse and great array of partners, including GoodWill, Spotify, and Code for America, and, of course, Arrow Root. With over twenty partners this year, the event seeks to create a lasting impact on the community. A large goal of these collaborative efforts is to fulfill the tech needs of a community as fast and economically as possible by drawing an effort from a group, rather than just individuals.

In a Shareable interview, Kyle said that while “hackathons do not create change themselves, it’s the sustained efforts of people working together for long-term solutions that will have an impact.”

The project was also recently featured on Torque Magazine, WP Engine’s source for WordPress Community News.

Despite the city spending $200 million per year on problems related to homelessness, the problem persists. “We want to help bring in new energy and ideas. Creative solutions come with creative people and it’s those people getting involved that can have impact in new ways,” said Kyle in response to whether homelessness needs to be treated in a different manner. “Homelessness and poverty are not technology problems, they are people problems.”

Kyle and many others prepared for the event this past Wednesday at the weekly Civic Hack night hosted in San Francisco’s Code for America office.

The event will start today, Friday, at 6 p.m. local time at Glide Memorial Church, with tomorrow’s hackathon session going from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., and ending with a Sunday session 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a closing ceremony at 4 p.m. that day, as well, at the Code for America office.

Costs for participation will be $20 for students, $40 for others.

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