Developers spend weekend in St. Louis using tech to tackle homelessness

After working two days straight in St. Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena, teams of 1,200 developers from all over the world came up with their best ideas on how to use technology to tackle homelessness in the St. Louis area.

The annual software-writing competition, GlobalHack, was founded in 2013 by St. Louis entrepreneurs Gabe Lozano and Drew Winship. They wanted to use hackathons — as the short, intense competitions are called — to tackle real-world problems.

The competition ended Sunday with the top five teams in each division — youth, collegiate and professional — winning $1 million in prize money. But after two sleepless nights and lots of Red Bull, everyone involved received more than monetary awards.

The software developers, designers and entrepreneurs walked away inspired by how they can use their computer skills to hack a deep-rooted social problem such as homelessness.

Providers of services for the homeless, such as shelters and food pantries, walked away with $1 million worth of ideas and the possibility of adopting a program that could serve as a prototype for homeless services across the country.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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