March 28 - 30 * Dev Bootcamp * 351 West Hubbard St. Ste. 701
Following our Las Vegas Hackathon we travel to Chicago where we partner with The Trans 100 to host an epic event focused on celebrating the beauty that is the trans* activism!
With this Hackathon, we want to encourage tech collaborations that highlight the amazing work that is active within our community. The first prize winner gets an opportunity to pitch their app to a live audience at The Trans 100 and in front of featured speakers: game critic Mattie Brice, actress Laverne Cox and athelete Kye Allums!
Join us for a weekend of networking in the #ChicagoTech community, talks from trans and queer tech entrepreneurs, yummy food, and swag as we code for social good!
Who Should Attend:
*People of all gender identities interested in creating web or mobile apps for the transgender community.
*Developers, Artists, Designers, Programmers of all languages!
*Activists and Community members
Our rules are simple
Any data or APIs can be used that you feel best represents your work.
Wireframes, mockups, and wkiki's can be brought to the Hackathon but the rest of your project must be made in the time allotted over the weekend.
You can work alone but we encourage teams. You can also be part of more than one team if you wish. Trans*H4CK is all about collaboration!
You are required to have fun! (Really)
Best Overall Project $500 in AWS credits (to help sustain your project) and an opportunity to pitch App to Live Audience at The Trans 100!
Friday March 28th
7pm Kickoff: Welcome & Introductions from Trans 100, Trans*H4CK and #ChicagoTech Community
7:30 "Introduction to Git" Talk by Mike McQuaid
8:00pm - 10pm Networking and Hacking Begins
Saturday March 29th
8am Doors Open for Breakfast
12pm - 1pm Lunch Fireside Chat with Mattie Brice
1pm - 5pm Hacking Continues
5pm - 6pm Dinner
6pm - 10pm Hacking Continues
Sunday March 30th
8am Doors Open for Breakfast
2:00pm Hacking Ends
7:00pm Trans100 at Mayne Stage
Veronica I. Arreola is a professional feminist, writer, and mom. She took her degree in biological sciences with a minor in women’s studies and turned it into a career working on diversity issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Veronica is the assistant director of the UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender and directs their Women in Science and Engineering program. Her blog, Viva la Feminista, has been named a top political blog by Blogher, Women’s Media Center and LATISM. Her current project, #365FeministSelfie, aims to have people take a close look at themselves every day and see the beauty everyone else sees.
Mattie Brice is a play and games critic, designer, and activist. She previously wrote at publications like Kotaku, Paste Magazine, and PopMatters about diversity issues and new design within the games industry, and now writes independently. She also designed experimental games like EAT, Mission, and her most notable Mainichi, which was exhibited at the Museum of Design in Atlanta and an Official Selection at IndieCade, the International Festival of Independent Games. Mattie regularly speaks at industry events such as the Game Developers Conference and Different Games, including being the international keynote at Game Connect Asia Pacific and co-founder of the Queerness and Games Conference. She is currently in academia as a working artist and consults on game design and social justice. You can find all of her work and regularly updated writing at www.mattiebrice.com
Naomi Ceder has been active in the Linux and Python communities since 2001. She has helped organize local Linux groups and is an organizer of PyCon, the national Python conference. She has taught programming and Python online, in high schools, at Linux Fests, and in the Chicago Python Workshops, and she is the author of The Quick Python Book, 2nd ed. from Manning Publications. After half a lifetime "undercover as a man" Naomi transitioned from male to female in 2012, and speaks and blogs both about Python and about her experiences with gender transition in the tech community.
Coraline Ada Ehmke is a speaker, author, teacher, open source advocate and technologist with 20 years of experience developing apps for the web. She’s currently co-authoring a book on refactoring legacy Ruby and Rails applications. As a co-founder of LGBTech.org and founder of OpenSourceForWomen.org, she works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in the tech industry. She’s also the creator of the Contributor Covenant, a code of conduct for software projects that has been adopted by many high-profile open source teams. Her current interests include small-application ecosystems, APIs, business intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics.
Brian Kung seeks to create awesome. He is currently runs the Project Euler Sprint Nights in Chicago and is a founding mentor for Dev Bootcamp Chicago.
Dominic M. Liddell, president of Apex Website Services, is a website and applications developer who has been active in creating safe space online for transgender men since 2006. He has been behind several projects utilizing technology to connect the transgender community to resources including The Men's Room and FTM Community Portal. Dominic is also the founder of Coding While Black; a project geared towards creating visibility of black technological achievement and ease of access to training and employment for black technologists. Dominic is a self-taught coder and i.c. Stars alumni who enjoys inspiring others to explore technology as a career through mentorship, speaking events, and a company internship program. Learn more about Dominic M. Liddell and his on-going projects at dominicmliddell.com
Mike McQuaid is a softeware engineer who loves solving difficult problems to simplify people's lives. He currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland
Shaan Michael Wade is a Black queer man of trans experience. A writer, sex and body-positive educator, community organizer, and queer and trans rights activist, currently he serves as the Social Justice & Advocacy Coordinator for Howard University's LGBTQ+ organization, CASCADE. He is also the Vice President of Label Us Black, a space for alternative Black students at HU. Ultimately, Shaan seeks to expand minds through discussions on race, sexuality, gender, ableism, classism, and religion (or lack thereof) from a Black queer perspective.
Adria is a self-taught developer living in San Francisco. Embracing her inner nerd, Adria moved moved to the Bay Area in 2010 pursue her passion for technology. She has worked in technical and training roles for companies large and small from Apple to Zendesk.Focused on empowerment and digital equality and Adria is a popular speaker at tech conferences including SXSW, O’Reilly Web 2.0, The Lean Startup Conference, TEDx, Netroots Nation and BlogHer. She loves snowboarding, bacon and coding. Her website is: butyoureagirl.com