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Helping Hacks Gathers NYC Technologists to Support
Non-Profit & Social Enterprise

Goodnik’s first ever hackathon to take place in NYC on August 24th-26th

NEW YORK, NY – August 2012

Nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in need of technology assistance will get a big “Helping Hack” in late August from some of New York’s top developers, designers, and other technologists at Goodnik.org’s first hackathon. The event will take place over the course of a weekend, starting on Friday August 24th with organizations making presentations to recruit hackers to their cause. The rest of the weekend will be spent putting together real solutions to the challenges presented, culminating on Sunday the 26th with presentations by the hackers on what they’ve accomplished on behalf of the organizations and causes. Alley NYCm located at 500 7th Avenue, 17th Floor, has generously provided space for the event.

Helping Hacks is intended to provide real solutions for real problems facing small nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs; “All too often the biggest barrier to success for smaller non-profit organizations is finding the right technology resources,” said Nate Heasley, Executive Director of Goodnik, Inc. “and while many technology professionals want to be able to donate their time, it’s not always easy to find the right projects to work on. Helping Hacks is the first step in getting techies and nonprofits to work together to solve major social problems.”

Participating organizations include both domestic and international causes, and most organizations are based in New York City. The organizations cover a wide range of causes, from providing educational scholarship programs for children in Malawi and Zimbabwe, providing financial education and tools for working immigrants in the US, promoting civic engagement , and promoting literacy in New York grade schools and high schools. The projects for these organizations include building websites, creating mobile applications, and creating social networks.

Founded in 2012, Goodnik is a nonprofit organization located in New York City. Goodnik’s mission is to provide resources for social entrepreneurs and early-stage nonprofit organizations, and to promote social responsibility and charitable giving by private business, especially in the technology sector.

Helping Hacks is the first ever hackathon hosted by Goodnik. The event is being held in the supported by a number of sponsors; Alley NYC, One Medical, Six Point Brewery, The Blue Ridge Foundation, Meetup, OurRewards, Applications for Good, Temboo, the Sunlight Foundation, Singlebrook.

For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities or about Goodnik in general, contact nate@goodnik.org.