Highground Hackers Announce First Ever Highground Hackathon

Fri Jun 7, 2013 3:17pm EDT

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Highground Hackers Announce First Ever Highground Hackathon

Hackathon for the Reduction of Gun Violence to be held at Twilio HQ in San Francisco

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Highground Hackers today formally announced its first-ever hackathon focused on reducing gun violence that will be held in San Francisco over the weekend of June 8th, 2013. The Highground Hackers brings together developers and experts from mental health, education, law enforcement, government, and community safety to find pragmatic technical solutions to gun crime. The hackathon will be held at the headquarters of Twilio, the cloud communication company, beginning at 11:00 am.

Running over the weekend, the hackathon brings together the brightest minds in tech and subject matter experts and challenges them to turn different aspects of gun violence into a software problem -- one that can be addressed or ameliorated with clever software hacks and social engineering.

In close partnership with the Technology Committee to Reduce Gun Violence, a new initiative organized by Ron Conway and sf.citi (San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation), the hackathon will serve as a springboard to seed the marketplace of ideas with potential solutions that can save lives.

Ron Conway will keynote the event, followed by addresses from Dr. Gary Slutkin and Former US CTO Aneesh Chopra emphasizing the role that technology can play in reducing gun violence in the United States.

Following a weekend of development, the apps will be demonstrated to and judged by a prestigious panel including Sam Ghods, VP Technology Box; Capt. Nick Gottuso (Ret.); Monty Kosma, Technology Committee to Reduce Gun Violence; Dr. Gary Slutkin, Founder of Cure Violence; Joseph L. Subbiondo , president of California Institute of Integral Studies; and Monique Woodard, San Francisco Mayor's Office.

People interested in attending can send invitation requests to michael@twilio.com.

Sponsors for the event include Evidence.com, Twilio, Facebook, Tokbox and HPCloud.

About Highground Hackers
The Highground Hackers is a grass roots network organized by James Colgan and Michael Selvidge, two members of the Technology Committee to Reduce Gun Violence. In June of 2013, the Highground Hackers hosted their first hackathon for the reduction of gun violence. The Highground Hackers are committed to fighting violence and social justice issues through a non-partisan lens. By using technical hacks based on empirical evidence, the Highground Hackers believe that technology can make the world a better place.

SOURCE Highground Hackers

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