We are an international network of diverse professionals, educators, students, and hobbyists that unify together to combat humanitarian problems through software solutions with a project based approach to learning.
As people who are minorities in the tech space, we feel personally responsible to not only educate our fellow minorities but to develop solutions that bring justice to all people. Additionally, the Minority Programmers has many founders and members that have first hand experiences in the criminal justice system. Programming has been essential in their struggle to break their cycle of incarceration and empower those who are/were in similar situations. We want to provide a platform and motivate other programmers to channel their fear, isolation, and frustration in a productive manner as well as work with people from all races/ethnicities to begin healing through technology.
In a race to tackle systemic injustice in its track, we decided, in these tough economic times, to inspire people to use STEM to join the fight along with a $1000+ prize.
You have 21 days (Monday July 6, 11:00AM EST - Sunday July 26, 11:59PM EST) for your team (1-5 people) to develop a coding solution to help mitigate systemic injustices. *You can join the challenge anytime before the submission deadline.
Develop a software solution (as a shippable product) that addresses one or more of the following problems that have arisen as a result of prolonged systemic injustices.
The more people consider for a team, the more the prize split. Your team can be up to 1-5 people. All members must register for the competition, and also specify their team name with fellow team members’ github usernames. If you do not have teammates, you can find other members on our Discord server.
All files must be submitted as a link by Sunday July 26, 11:59 PM EST
Black Lives Matter is a decentralized movement started in 2013 after the killing of unarmed 17 year Trayvon Martin. The BLM movement uses non-violent civil disobedience to protest police brutality. This 7 year movement, along with the culmination of countless deaths, has resulted in a broader discussion of criminal justice reform and racial equality in the world.
This sentiment seen in the protests everyday for the past month is hundreds of years in the making.
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On our discord server we will be continuously contributing new ideas, feedback, and help to anyone that wants to learn and create!
The prize will be announced on our YouTube stream, 7 days after the submission deadline: Sunday, August 2nd 1PM EST
If you have multiple people in your team, the total grand prize will be divided evenly amongst all winning team members. If you are not in the United States please indicate so we can give prize according to standards of your country.
Check the YouTube video live stream to see the results. You will then be contacted by MPA executive members with ways to claim your certificate and prize money. Also awards and other accolades will be given to noteworthy participants.
The bigger the prize, the bigger the teams, and the more complex the solution. We at MPA would love to partner with organizations aiming to reduce harm by channeling the talents of coder’s across the world through situational learning.
We at the Minority Programmers Association prioritize STEM education, believing that it is the key to upward mobility in the 21st century. We believe in the efficacy of project-based learning, group-learning, interdisciplinary teamwork, where the students use their passion as their primary motivation. If you are a data scientist, professor, or a student interested in collecting data regarding how the principles impact the software development process, contact Jack V, Education Specialist. We believe this particular Hackathon is interesting as it faces the challenge of both remote work and individual social distancing of the team.
We need live TAs that can host sessions on Zoom/Discord/ to facilitate questions that participants may have. We believe that competition should also create an ability to teach others different technologies and we hope to build a rich live community of online resources from across the world.
If you are not competing you can also help through many means including.
Want to join the network of STEM professionals that is the Minority Programmers Association? No chapter near you? You can still be a mentor to youth, work on software projects, develop STEM curriculum, and contribute to all overall missions through our international network.
If you are interested in starting a MinorityProgrammers chapter at your college/school contact email@example.com with subject line entitled: Starting A Chapter At YOUR_SCHOOL
Want to participate as a judge? Email firstname.lastname@example.org a brief summary about yourself and why you want to be a judge with the Subject Line: Judge Application