Sabio is partnering with Antioch University Los Angeles and Operation Code, a non-profit organization that aims to get veterans coding, this Labor Day weekend (September 2 – 4) to gather technology professionals and veterans to create solutions to address issues that military veterans encounter in daily life in the VetsHack hackathon. The event is being made possible by the generous support of Facebook. Five Thousand Dollars in Cash Prizes will be awarded on Sunday, September 4, 2016.
The objective of VetsHack is to bring civilians and veterans together by providing an opportunity to create software solutions for daily challenges that veterans and their families face. Some of those challenges include: housing, educational opportunities, social and emotional health, employment, and resources for veterans who want to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.
"Our goal is to create tech solutions that will be useful for veterans, which is why we want each team competing at VetsHack to have at least one veteran,” said Liliana Monge, Sabio’s Co-founder & CEO.
Sabio has already been in collaboration with Antioch University Los Angeles. Sabio and Antioch offer a unique and exciting Certificate in Web Development that allows enrolled Antioch students to learn how to code, allowing students who receive federal and state financial aid, including the G.I. Bill, to become Sabio fellows.
“Antioch University Los Angeles is proud to co-sponsor VetsHack. This hackathon, focused on support for military veterans, is Antioch’s way of showing support for military veterans and demonstrating our belief in the power of new technologies to inspire social change,” said Audrey Mandelbaum, administrative director of undergraduate studies at Antioch University Los Angeles.
The panel that judges VetsHack will also have veteran representation.
“We encourage active military members, veterans, and military spouses from throughout the Los Angeles metro area to participate in the first VetsHack hackathon, lead and/or join a team to create veteran-friendly web applications and national security solutions by weekend’s end,” said David Molina, Founder and Executive Director of Operation Code. “The seed for Operation Code was first planted at a hackathon, a place that is akin to drinking out of a fire hose – not just in consuming cutting edge technology, but in building something from scratch in the most thrilling and exciting atmosphere where products and solutions are built to serve a need.”
“As a veteran, the well being of the veteran community is something that is close to my heart, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with this talented and compassionate group of developers to create something that will be valuable and effective for our veterans,” Varr Willis, Producer and Director at Semantic Effect, said.
“Many veterans are having difficulties integrating into mainstream society. They frequently run into problems obtaining the resources available to them because they are not well publicized or are hard to obtain for a variety of reasons. Since graduating from Sabio, I have learned that the tech community can solve many of the issues facing veterans today. Sabio is on the frontline when it comes to empowering disadvantaged people to enter the tech community. Who better to engage this ongoing battle of helping veterans live healthier and prosperous lives than Sabio? VetsHack will allow developers to come up with much needed solutions for veterans. I can’t wait to participate,” Ivan B. Bernal, Sabio Cohort 12 graduate and 1st Lieutenant, Armor, California Army National Guard.
Sabio is the only minority/women-owned and operated web developer training program in the country. The project-based curriculum enables Sabio Fellows to work on real-world projects to develop and refine their skills. Sabio’s mission has always been service oriented; working with veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country aligns with this mission.
More information about VetsHack can be found here http://vetshack.us/.