Imagine a group of individuals from all over the world working together to solve a global issue. On April 13-14, 2019 over 100 young people representing over 70 different countries will do just that through a hackathon. This virtual “hackathon” will address the difficult question on how to “Kick out Discrimination in Sports.”
A hackathon is usually a one-day event where computer programmers, developers, and designers gather online to either build something together or address a social issue. Often these virtual geniuses will form teams to work in a collaborative manner.
In a 2015 Atlantic article, Meredith Broussard shared her first-hand experience at a hackathon. She explains, “People who haven’t participated in hackathons talk about them as hotbeds of innovation, as the kinds of places where great thinkers come together and dream up exciting new ideas.” While this is widely accepted, many hackers will argue that the innovation they are sharing isn’t a secret, but rather an “open sourced” approach so everyone can solve the problem together.
The L.A.C.E.S. involvement in the upcoming hackathon was initiated after L.A.C.E.S. and their implementing partner IDHouse won a special grant by the world-renowned Chelsea Football Club and World Jewish Congress. Executive Director, Seren Fryatt flew to England to receive the award at Stamford Bridge the home of Chelsea Football Club. “I am excited to be partnering with influential organizations to engage some of the best minds around the globe,” Fryatt explained.
If you are interested in participating in the hackaton, please register here.