This September, software developers, designers, and LGBT activists will meet in Oakland, CA., for Trans*H4CK, the worlds first transgender hackathon aimed to address issues specific to the transgender community.
According to ZDNet.com, the 48-hour hackfest, which is scheduled for September 13-15, will focus on hacking apps, sites, products and solutions that address the needs, risks, issues and consumer interests of transgender communities. Money is currently being raised through a GoFundMe campaign for space rental, travel sponsorships for out of town participants, payment for guest speakers and prizes.
The event is the brainchild of activist, artist and scholar, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, who is is building the capacity of Who We Know, a social enterprise centered on economic empowerment for transgender people through entrepreneurship, with Trans*H4CK its first public event.
“Other hackers have killed themselves, too. Before there was Aaron Swartz, there was Ilya Zhitomirskiy, a 22-year-old founder of the social-network site Diaspora*, frequently described as the “anti-Facebook” because it gives users control over their personal data rather than packaging it for advertisers. Before Ilya, there was Len Sassaman, a brilliant cryptographer who helped make Internet communications anonymous, especially when governments or powerful corporations might want to nose in on them. Before Sassaman, there was Christopher Lightfoot, who was revered for his daring, Swartz-style bulk downloads of British government data. And before Lightfoot, there was Gene Kan, who made a name for himself in the peer-to-peer movement—the technology used to swap music and video files outside the reach of their copyright holders.”
—The New Republic: “Aaron Swartz Profile - The Internet Will Never Save You” [read]