Nonprofits: Have data or a concept? Team with a programmer at “Small State, Big Debate”

The open call continues for nonprofits, social enterprises and programmers for The Connecticut Mirror’s “Small State, Big Debate: Inequality” Hackathon on April 29.

The incentive? One group will be selected to receive a $1,000 prize to help advance the proposed solution to an inequality issue.

Not sure about a hackathon? Don’t worry, these proactive events are held to find answers through digital advancement. Google holds hackathons. So does Yahoo! and a number of other tech companies. Hackathons pop up across college campuses. What we’re offering is an opportunity for nonprofits — which may not have the financial means to hire a computer programmer for thousands of dollars — to team with socially conscious individuals or enterprises to create usable software, databases or other digital applications.

The Mirror and reSET are asking programmers, social enterprises and nonprofits to fill out this simple questionnaire, explaining the inequality issue they are attempting to solve. The form will ask for a name/organization and contact information. Questionnaires will be accepted until March 31. To be eligible, you must also register for the event. Early bird registration for the event ends Monday, March 24.

The Mirror and reSET will then review the submissions and follow up with applicants. Then, reSEST will host an info session on Monday, April 14, at the Community Space, 99 Pratt Street Suite 200, Hartford, CT. This is an opportunity for applicants to learn more about the Hackathon and to participate in a match-making session with other participants.

The Hackathon will begin at 9 a.m. on April 29.

Please feel free to contact CT Mirror Publisher Brett Orzechowski at borzechowski@ctmirror.org.

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