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Hack Hunger and Homelessness in Syracuse: November 8-9

In the midst of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we often overlook those less fortunate than us — we forget about the 3.5 million homeless Americans for whom the more pressing question of the day is if they’ll find something to eat, not how much.

To address this pertinent issues, Centerstate CEO and the Syracuse Technology Garden have worked together to organize Hack Hunger and Homelessness (#HungerHack), a 24-hour civic hackathon aimed at combatting local homelessness.

From Saturday, November 8 to Sunday, November 9 all are welcome to join this civic hackathon in an effort to leverage technology to solve community problems. Whether you are a developer, a designer, or are just interested in solving real community problems, read below for more information.

Why You Should Participate

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As with all hackathons, #HungerHack offers a great opportunity to meet ambitious, likeminded community members, share ideas, and learn new skills, regardless of prior experience or expertise. The #HungerHack is unique, though, in that participants will actively build products that makes a real impact in the CNY community.

“As stewards of the future, technologists have a responsibility to make sure the beneficiaries of technology innovations are part of the process of building it, not merely recipients of the final product,” said Tony Kershaw, Innovation Specialist at the Tech Garden. “Hack Hunger and Homelessness was born out of that notion, and that’s why all are welcome and encouraged to be a part of this community-wide discussion about hunger, homelessness, and the role technology plays in making a difference.”


The winning team will be granted a $1,000 cash prize in order to fund the continued development of their product. Participants at #HungerHack are encouraged to actually bring their products to the community. In addition, as partners with AT&T’s ongoing CNY Civic App Challenge, all teams are encouraged to submit apps for a chance to win $7,500 in cash.


Hack Hunger and Homeless kicks off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (#NHHAW). #HungerHack will start with a canned food drive at 10 AM on Saturday, November 8, and run thru 12 noon on Sunday, November 9.


#HungerHack will take place at the Tech Garden in Downtown Syracuse. You can register for this free, public event here.


Billy Ceskavich

Billy is an Engagement Fellow and Masters candidate in the iSchool's Information Management program. He's an avid fan of consumer technology and the startup space, having worked in the industry both in Syracuse and Silicon Valley. He's active on Twitter (@ceskavich) or can be contacted directly via email (

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